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Lia Ditton: Messing around on boats

Like so many interesting people, I met Lia Ditton over Twitter (where I also met my fiancé). Lia is a sailor, engineer and an artist who uses technology in rather brilliant ways.

July 12, 2011 — Christine Ottery

How Do You Hack Into Someone's Voice Mail?

The scandal that helped shutter Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and left at least nine News International journalists facing possible criminal charges has brought phone hacking into the spotlight as a means of subversively gathering information for news articles...

July 11, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

A Series of Tubes

Imagine, if you will, a secret community dwelling beneath the streets of New York City, its inhabitants never allowed to travel to the surface or to interact in any way with the dreaded "Topsiders." That's the premise of an award-winning 1999 YA novel by Neal Shusterman called Downsiders , exploring what happens when a 14-year-old Downsider named Talon defies the prohibition and ends up falling in love with a Topsider named Lindsay...

July 11, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Wow! What a week!

The network is up and running at full steam now, so it's time for the first Friday Summary, what is to become a regular feature on this blog.The Launch and beyondFirst, I have to mention, again and with great admiration, our team of developers for putting together a site that works great and looks great, while under a furious pressure of a hard deadline...

STAFFJuly 8, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Hello, Pale Blue Dot

Greetings, and welcome to Day 4 of Plugged In! On behalf of myself, Melissa, Scott, and Robynne, welcome to this shiny new blog of ours. There are so many things to discuss, but to get started, I want explain to you what this blog means to me and what I hope to get out of it.Growing up, one of my favorite shows was a program called "Connections" on PBS...

July 8, 2011 — David Wogan

Next Generation: We Want a Spaceship, Not a Freight Truck

CAPE CANAVERAL -- I took this picture last night, and I don’t like it very much.

Let’s set aside discussions of artistic merit and admit that it’s a pretty dreary view of the last functioning space shuttle perched on its launch pad...

July 8, 2011 — Dave Mosher

The pros & cons of Amazon Mechanical Turk for scientific surveys

The days of making a scientific inference about the human psyche from the results of a questionnaire given to 50 undergraduates are over. The online labor market facilitated by Amazon Mechanical Turk, founded in 2005 (three centuries after the infamous Turkish automaton that could play chess was invented), is now being used to wide effect for scientific inquiry...

July 7, 2011 — Jennifer Jacquet

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