All the Weird Toys From Your Childhood

I don't know you. I don't know where you're from or what you look like or how old you are. You might be a judge or a cook or a priest or a clown. I don't know. But what I'm pretty sure about is that at one point or another, you've been involved with most of the toys below. It's just one of those things that we all have … » 4/23/14 2:40pm 23 minutes ago

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Really Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?

When Elaine on Seinfeld failed a drug test after eating a poppy seed muffin back in the 1996 episode "The Shower Head," the idea that you could fail a drug test after eating poppy seeds took off. Turns out, this wasn'tyet another Hollywood writer invention—you really can potentially fail a drug test if you eat poppy… » 4/21/14 2:00pm Monday 2:00pm

Impoverished Kids Love the Lamp-Powering Soccer Ball—Until It Breaks

Across the globe, even in impoverished communities where families can't afford electric light, there is something you will almost always see: children kicking balls. What if you could harness that youthful energy to generate electricity? » 4/21/14 11:00am Monday 11:00am

Your Baby's Klout Score Is in the 25th Percentile

As you know, we took a lot of measurements this morning—height, weight, head circumference—and in most respects, your baby is doing great. There's just one thing, and it's not necessarily something to be concerned about, but we do need to talk about it: Your baby's Klout score is in the 25th percentile. » 4/08/14 12:00pm 4/08/14 12:00pm

The Untold History of Where Barcodes Come From

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn't tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. "My husband here's the one who invented that barcode," she'd occasionally say. And the check-out people would look at him like, "you mean there was a time when we didn't have… » 4/03/14 1:00pm 4/03/14 1:00pm

That Time the Whac-A-Mole Inventor Accidentally Blew Up His Warehouse

It was lunch time on a muggy late September day in 2013 when an explosion shook downtown Orlando, Florida. A warehouse on west Jefferson street was the casualty. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks were already on their way by the time Tim Roth, a good Samaritan, was on the scene. As he searched through the rubble … » 3/30/14 9:00am 3/30/14 9:00am

Why Netflix Needs To Bring Back Expiration Dates

Sometime in early February, I loaded up Netflix on my PlayStation 3 to watch Captain America: The First Avenger. I planned to re-watch the flick to get ready for its amazing-looking sequel, which hits theaters soon. But as I cycled through titles on My List, I soon realized the action-packed Marvel film was no longer… » 3/25/14 12:40pm 3/25/14 12:40pm

This WhatsApp Redesign Would Make Facebook's $16 Billion Buy Worth It

Whatsapp has been one of the most talked about start-up giants in recent memory. Building upon the most basic of mobile services, messaging WhatsApp has managed to monetise and evolve the service through cross platform integration and making it free (among many other things). Following the $16billion acquisition of… » 3/17/14 4:40pm 3/17/14 4:40pm

How Biotech Could Make Life in Prison a Living Hell

At the University of Oxford, a team of scholars led by the philosopher Rebecca Roache has begun thinking about the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment. In January, I spoke with Roache and her colleagues Anders Sandberg and Hannah Maslen about emotional enhancement, 'supercrimes', and the ethics of… » 3/17/14 11:00am 3/17/14 11:00am

Police Hid Use of Cell Phone Tracker Because Manufacturer Asked Nicely

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It appears that at least one police department in Florida has failed to tell judges about its use of a cell phone tracking device because the department got the device on loan and promised the manufacturer to keep it all under wraps. But when police use invasive surveillance equipment to surreptitiously sweep up… » 3/03/14 6:20pm 3/03/14 6:20pm