The LA Police Wants to Use Crowdsourced Photos to Solve Crimes

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched a new website and companion mobile app that allows people who are witnesses to large emergencies can submit photo or video evidence they might have recorded. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea—but like all mass information collection, the idea has a dark… » 5/06/14 5:01pm 5/06/14 5:01pm

Desperate for Some Midday Shut-Eye? Google Naps Has You Covered

It happens to the best of us: You stayed up late getting down on a Tuesday night (read: re-watching True Detective and eating Seamless until 5am), and come Wednesday, you can barely keep your eyes open. Desk napping is far too risky, so what's a comatose professional-about-town to do? Why, pull up Google Naps, of… » 4/06/14 5:00pm 4/06/14 5:00pm

This GIF Shows How Impossible It Is to Find a Plane in the Pacific

The Pacific Ocean is very, very big. Airplanes are big, too—but, compared to the Pacific Ocean, they are almost comically small. So, as rescuers finish up a week of searching unsuccessfully for Malaysia Air Flight 370, it's worth taking a second to marvel at what an impossible a task it is to find one little plane in… » 3/13/14 10:40am 3/13/14 10:40am

The UK Is Crowdsourcing Its Next Map Of The Ocean Floor

Believe it or not, we don't know how deep large parts of the ocean off the British coast really are, and this is obviously not a good thing for the many sailors who cruise around those waters. A new project funded by the European Community is using technology to solve this problem—technology and lots of boats. » 2/18/14 7:40pm 2/18/14 7:40pm

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years

Folding: it's detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it's also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it's particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology. » 1/23/12 4:00pm 1/23/12 4:00pm

Apple Readying Crowdsourced Traffic Service Using Your Phone's Location

One interesting nugget buried in Apple's we-don't-have-a-problem-but-we're-fixing-it-anyway Q&A release is further confirmation that they're actively tracking us—remotely—to gather road traffic data. They've said it before (under congressional pressure), but now we know it'll be anonymized, and out in "a few years." [… » 4/27/11 12:38pm 4/27/11 12:38pm