Exploring Paris (And The New Jersey Turnpike) Through Smell

On a recent evening in San Francisco, a couple dozen well-dressed and hiply bespectacled young people leaned over glass cones and inhaled. The purpose? Time travel. » 2/17/14 2:40pm 2/17/14 2:40pm

Scientific Data Is Disappearing All the Time

When a study gets published and its results enter our collective body of scientific knowledge it feels like it's there to stay. But without the raw data behind the study, it's hard to revisit the research and use it to take new ideas to the next level. Which is why it's such a problem that old data is disappearing. » 12/22/13 3:36pm 12/22/13 3:36pm

The Internet Archive's Scanning Center Has Been Destroyed by Fire

Yesterday, a huge fire destroyed the Internet Archive’s San Francisco scanning center, which digitally preserves all manner of books, films and microfilms for future use. » 11/07/13 5:15am 11/07/13 5:15am

What Was Your Most Embarrassing Tweet?

By now, you've probably heard that Twitter's rolling out the option to download your entire archive of tweets. And, hey, that sounds like great news! » 12/19/12 12:29pm 12/19/12 12:29pm

With One Click, You Can See Every Google Doodle Ever Made

What's better than some Google Doodles? How about ALL of the Google Doodles all shiny and in chronological order. It's simple: 1) Go to Google.com. 2) Hit "I'm Feeling Lucky" without typing anything first. 3) Enjoy. [Big ups to Matt Cherette for the link] » 11/28/11 5:36pm 11/28/11 5:36pm

Walking in Salman Rushdie's Digital Footsteps

The Salman Rushdie archive on display at Emory, with its handwritten journals and 18GB scattered across four Apple computers, is unlike any other—you can log in to a computer, search his folders, scan his Stickies, run his apps. » 3/16/10 9:48am 3/16/10 9:48am

The Complete Popular Science Archive Now Available

Warning: If you don't want to waste a lot of time today, tomorrow, and the rest of the year, don't open the door to 137 years of Popular Science. Those old school mags are addictive. [PopSci] » 3/08/10 9:20am 3/08/10 9:20am

BlackBerry App World 1.1 Brings Archived Apps and Advanced Sorting,…

The newest update to BlackBerry's App World, version 1.1, launched today, and it's pretty minor but certainly welcome. Apps can now be adequately sorted by free, paid, and other rubrics, and can be archived onto either internal or external memory. » 7/31/09 6:30pm 7/31/09 6:30pm

We Don't Need No Gmail iPhone App: Gmail Mobile Adds Touch Gestures

A native Gmail app would allow for gestures, offline reading, and quicker access, but Google just keeps improving the iPhone-optimized mobile Gmail site instead. With iPhone 3.0, they've added swiping gestures within the iPhone's browser. » 6/23/09 11:30pm 6/23/09 11:30pm

Palm's Jon Rubinstein Interview at All Things D Liveblog Archive

I'll be liveblogging an interview of Jon Rubinstein in a few minutes, from All Things D. They're promising some important news never seen or heard of even in rumors. » 5/28/09 3:21pm 5/28/09 3:21pm

Product Manual Archive Gives Us a Glimpse of Gadgets of Yesteryear

For those of us who don't remember life before the NES, Boing Boing uncovered a collection of vintage instruction manuals, ads, hang tags and more, which give us a glimpse of gadgets from the past. » 12/01/08 8:37pm 12/01/08 8:37pm

Delkin Archival Gold Blu-Ray Discs Keep Your Data Good for Two Centuries

Manufacturers are powering up on their Blu-ray disc development, now the format war's over: just two weeks ago we had the 6x speed ones, and now Delkin has these archive-quality discs. According to Delkin they're the first BDs "guaranteed to preserve data safely for over 200 years" and they use some sort of patented… » 6/29/08 8:00pm 6/29/08 8:00pm

Darwin Manuscripts Evolve From Paper Notes to Online Archive

The manuscripts that later became On The Origin of Species are going online for the first time. The good guys at the Cambridge University library, who were the only people with access beforehand, have put Charles Darwin's notes on his book and another 20,000 archive items online, turning it into one vast… » 4/17/08 9:50am 4/17/08 9:50am