A new patent application from Microsoft points to a future in which your Kinect watches you, and sends ads based on your mood.
Around the summer and winter solstices, the space station closely tracks the line that divides day and night.
For a mix of reasons, more than half of Japanese households still have fax machines and businesses say they are a "required communication tool."
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this picture of a divot in the cloud cover off the coast of Tasmania.
That's the contention of a San Francisco Zoo penguin keeper, who says it looks like a flightless passerine, none of which survive today.
Facebook makes a decent showing, but the search-engine giant dominates as the most-visited site around the world.
The US Census Bureau has quietly rolled out its API, which means data, data, data for open-government enthusiasts everywhere.
A visualization of the travel patterns of Facebook users so far this year.
A new technology could allow for buttons to rise up out of the visual interface of your touchscreen device.
If you love the content of one site (The Atlantic, say) but the chatter of another (Reddit, ahem), have we got a bookmarklet for you.
Some Venus watchers were thwarted by clouds, but NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory had a clear view of the event.
A reader discovered that every instance of the word "kindle" had been replaced by "nook" as he read the classic on his, you guessed it, Nook e-reader.
A visualization of Twitter activity shows cultural differences in when people go to bed, when they rise, and whether they tweet at work.
The story of an 18th-century voyage to a remote island in the Pacific, in the hopes of pinning down the distance between the Earth and the sun
New research points to a galaxy some four billion light years away kicking out its own black hole following a collision.
In 1889 power flowed from the Willamette Falls to Portland, Oregon, some 14 miles away.
The elite college places a variety of educational, media, and social apps on its collection of iPads.
A visual guide to what the cosmic event will look like from space -- and from right here on Earth.
NASA's Terra satellite grabbed this picture of early-season snowfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
Worthy runners-up include the interfaces on most microwaves, TV remotes, New York City's parking signs, and pull-handles on push-only doors, according to users of Quora.