An afternoon spent with the famous gorilla who knows sign language, and the scientist who taught her how to “talk”
At the end of June, millions of Facebook users changed their profile pictures to rainbows to show support for same-sex marriage—rooting themselves in a portraiture tradition that’s long used symbols to define and express identity.
Major glitches caused delays and suspensions across the airline, financial, and media industries.
I spent three days on a bus with a bunch of hackers. Here’s what I learned.
With its same-day delivery and a mobile-first mentality, Diapers.com is currently doing business in the environment that other retailers will inevitably have to adapt to.
A team of Australian researchers want to protect surfers by dressing them in zebra stripes.
Revisiting a classic 1963 essay that argued in favor of a manned lunar mission—and tried to quiet the critics who called it a moondoggle
A round-up of apps, websites, and livecams that will get you close—but not too close—to hammerheads, great whites, and other ocean beasts.
Search-engine architects must decide when their creations should act as a kind of expert and when they should neutrally direct people to what they are seeking.
The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.
In China, messaging apps like WhatsApp are widespread. But users there don’t send text like much of the world does.
In June, government talks about how best to regulate facial-recognition algorithms fell apart. But should a company need your permission before scanning your face? And does the technology really work?
Russia is considering a plan to build a superhighway from Eurasia to North America.
Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos says the company isn’t trying to outdo TV, it’s trying to do something completely different.
Was the Concorde a triumph of modern engineering, a metaphor for misplaced 20th-century values, or both?
Engineers at IBM and Google claim they're closer than ever to making computers that could process data in days that would take millions of years to flow through today's machines.
The party starts jumping at 433 Hz, if you’re a cheap plastic eyeball.
The notion of using scientific methods to illuminate matters of the heart was once ridiculed, but has been vindicated in recent years.
Surreal views of Boston, London, and Barcelona from an ultra-high-definition camera aboard the International Space Station
The social network learns more about its users than they might realize.
The white women known in the 1950s as “Miss Color TV” reinforced longstanding hierarchies of gender and race that were built into generations of technologies.