The Fascinating Century of the Crossword, the Original Mobile Game

Look around at the people on a train, at a bus stop, or in an airport. Chances are, lots of them are playing some kind of game on their smartphones. But in any crowd, you'll likely see someone poring over a different pocket diversion — the crossword puzzle, still going strong today on its 100th birthday. It's been a… » 12/21/13 10:00am 12/21/13 10:00am

Figure Out Google's Puzzle and Win a Nexus S (Or a Chrome Netbook?)

The Google Nexus Twitter account will post a puzzle in just a few minutes, at 12EST. If you're the first to person to figure out and Tweet the answer back at them, they'll give you a free Nexus S. And at their event yesterday there was some talk of giving away Chrome netbooks to puzzle winners, too, so if you keep your … » 12/08/10 11:56am 12/08/10 11:56am

Transformer Shelf Hides Your Stuff, Fauns In Its Puzzling Pockets

This is not, quite, a Japanese puzzle box: But it is a transforming storage unit that has so many sliding, slotting, complex inner drawers, pockets and shelves that it comes close to being a puzzle. Designed by Martin Sammer, Transformer Shelf is just a solid shelving unit when "closed," but sliding it open reveals its… » 11/06/08 6:20am 11/06/08 6:20am

Science Team Make Gut Bacteria Do Math: Living Computers On Way?

It may not be quite as sophisticated or cerebral as Starfleet's bio-neural computing gel packs, but scientists have made a start towards this sort of tech by making bacteria solve a math problem. The team from Davidson College and Missouri Western State University added genes to the harmless Escherichia coli, normally… » 5/21/08 6:30am 5/21/08 6:30am