Eli Whitney was born on this day in 1765. His cotton gin fueled the growth of the cotton industry, and slavery alongside it.
The revelation that H&M uses computer-generated models has courted controversy, but how is this any different from routine photoshopping?
The list of top-ranking states demonstrates that geography isn't everything. State support for the solar industry can go a long way.
Six astronauts show off their behinds while taking a break from flying the X-15, a spaceplane that set records for speed
The robots that answer the phones at customer-service centers are rarely helpful. Human customer service is now a selling point.
NASA confirmed the discovery of an Earth-size planet, orbiting a star at a distance where liquid water could exist
About 10 years ago, mainstream newspapers began to try to explain blogs to their readers. Here is what they said.
Images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show evidence of large landslides on the steep cliffs of one of the biggest known asteroids
It's just not easy to build a system that allows for smart ongoing conversations among large groups of people
On December 19, 1972, the last three people to ever set foot on the moon, arrived back on Earth, landing safely in the Pacific Ocean
In celebration of LIFE magazine's 75th anniversary, a collection of surprising, bizarre, and inspiring science and technology images from its pages
A Chrome extension helps you read Washington Post articles through Facebook without broadcasting each click to the world
Toyota presents a new concept car whose exterior is a screen that users can tailor to their mood
The Internet's collection of old documents is not only growing in size but improving in quality
A star-forming region located about 4,500 light years away is thought to contain enough material to produce two million stars like our sun
European ski resorts are struggling to open their slopes after a warm, dry autumn. Will the machines provide?
Entrepreneurs sleep under their desks, live Clif Bar to Clif Bar, and face a lot of pressure. Should they just deal or is something seriously wrong?
In this image, the planet appears so close, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft was more than 500,000 miles away when it captured the data
We tend to think of aesthetic judgment as something particularly human, but a group of Xerox engineers are building an algorithm for finding good photographs
The first image retrieved from a state-of-the-art instrument on board NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the NPP