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Weaponized BlackBerry

credit: Lyric Rosatti When scientists and science-fiction writers think about the unintended consequences of new technology, they tend to obsess about the far-out what-ifs: "What if the internet turns us into a world of shut-ins?...

August 16, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Airport security now reads minds

According to this report, the Transportation Security Administration is adding another layer of scrutiny beyond the metal detector, X-ray belt and the cursory glance.

August 15, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Who knew the Bible could predict the size of the universe?

Everyone knows that Young Earth Creationism has firmly established that the age of the universe is approximately 6,000 years, as illuminated by the obviously-better-than-radio-carbon-dating method of counting all the begats in the Good Book...

August 13, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Newsweek denies the existence of global warming*

Maybe it's because I don't have the faith in people that I should, but I find this Newsweek cover really irresponsible. Actually, it's due to the polls cited in the article--and those I have seen elsewhere--that suggest that the American public thinks, among other things, that scientists are still trying to determine if global warming is for real and that it's a major issue in the upcoming Presidential election...

August 8, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan

TurtleNet - Connecting turtles wirelessly

"We are currently investigating methods to use DTNs, energy management, and programming languages to improve the state of the art in tracking small, mobile wildlife." --TurtleNet Mark D...

August 7, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Are Transgenic Crops Safe to Grow and Eat?

In the September issue of Scientific American, which should be arriving on newsstands and in subscribers in-boxes right about now, there is a totally awesome and, sadly, totally paywalled article entitled Sowing a Gene Revolution: A new green revolution based on genetically modified crops can help reduce poverty and hunger--but only if formidable institutional challenges are met...

August 7, 2007 — Christopher Mims

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