Humanity has gone to great lengths to prevent pregnancy. The Ancient Egyptians used mashed crocodile dung as a vaginal suppository. Contraceptive devices deployed in the 19th century included the womb veil.Read more
The internet is about to get a lot more VR-friendly: Mozilla’s Firefox 55, rolling out now, supports WebVR, which lets you experience VR content on the web with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.Read more
Bioengineers at the University of Illinois have turned a smartphone into a portable diagnostic laboratory capable of performing a range of spectrum analyses that is currently done using large and expensive stationary machines.Read more
Josh Browder opened the door to his low-slung house on a leafy street in Palo Alto, California, in the same outfit he was wearing when we met the week before: black jeans and a grey T-shirt. This time, though, he was shoeless. He’d been up all night codingRead more
The app, the brainchild of a Higgs Boson physicist, has been certified as a valid birth control in the European Union.
When the Large Hadron Collider finished its first run in 2012, Elina Berglund was thrilled.Read more
I JUST GOOGLED “alarm dust,” “alibi sweatshirt,” and “sleuth intelligence.” Then I shopped for industrial dehydrators, scanned a Pinterest page for concrete decks, and read something about nuclear war.Read more
OF THE millions of photos shared online every day, which most faithfully represent their subjects? The popular #nofilter hashtag would suggest it is those that have not been digitally altered. But photographs of the same thing can differ greatly, depending on ambient light, distance and angle.Read more
Detroit and Silicon Valley aren’t just 2,000 miles apart – they’re on different planets, culturally speaking.
One is the home of America’s automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services.Read more
The printed book works very well. It’s cheap, portable and surprisingly waterproof (as any number of leathery and buckled volumes on my bookshelf testify). But since the modern world is incapable of leaving a decent technology alone without trying to improve it, there are a number of apps which seek to refine the reading experience.Read more
IT IS not typhoons or earthquakes that insurers should fear most, but geeks alert to their businesses’ inefficiencies. Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, tech entrepreneurs with no insurance background, spotted that the industry is huge, distrusted, antiquated and hopelessly unreformed.Read more
A friend who stumbled upon my Twitter account told me that my tweets made me sound like a jerk. “You’re much nicer than this in real life,” she said.
This is a common refrain about social media.Read more