Censoring the Web Isn't the Solution to Terrorism—It's the Problem

In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is… » 11/26/14 5:15am 11/26/14 5:15am

You Can Climb Through This Web Made From 27 Miles of Tape

12 people and ten days: That's how long the artist collective Numen / For Use says it took to create a cellophane jungle gym inside this gallery in Paris, where visitors can crawl inside their milky, transparent network like spiders on a web. How much tape did they use? Almost 30 miles. » 11/25/14 11:30am 11/25/14 11:30am

4-acre spider web may be the grossest thing you will see this Halloween*

This report on a 4-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where 4 acres of their facility were covered by a spider web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That's 35,176 spiders per cubic meter! » 10/31/14 4:08pm 10/31/14 4:08pm

Burning artificial sweeteners releases some bizarre shooting webs

Our favorite destroyer of objects, the red hot nickel ball, is back. This time it's torching artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet N' Low and Truvia. Splenda and Sweet N' Low put up honorable fights but essentially caramelizes. Truvia, however, starts shooting out these weird spider web looking things when burned. » 10/10/14 12:29am 10/10/14 12:29am

Block Images and Plug-ins To Speed Up Sluggish Wi-Fi

Fortunately, high-speed Wi-Fi is now pretty ubiquitous, especially if you live in a major metropolis. However, there are still occasions when you'll find yourself without a strong Internet connection, whether it's on a long train trip, in a dodgy hotel, or when you're tethering from your phone in a remote wilderness.… » 8/14/14 9:54am 8/14/14 9:54am

8 Tools to Help Block Out Online Distractions

The problem with the web is there's just so much of it; an endless tide of funny videos, pop quizzes, and social alerts ready to distract you from other, more urgent tasks at hand. We wouldn't say there's anything inherently wrong with killing time online, but if you really need to buckle down on an important job then… » 6/20/14 3:46pm 6/20/14 3:46pm

Views of a Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic, and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure—from pipes to policies—on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the… » 4/10/14 3:00pm 4/10/14 3:00pm

YouTube In Your Browser Is Becoming More Like YouTube On Your Phone

Once upon a time, in the early days of smartphones (y'know, a few years ago), a company would do everything possible to make its app look as similar to its website as possible. Now everything is topsy-turvy. Today YouTube revealed that some of the website's new look is going to be borrowed from its mobile app. Brave… » 2/20/14 7:00pm 2/20/14 7:00pm

Even LinkedIn Can Be Beautiful

I believe that what makes LinkedIn special is the actual content. I would like to propose a more "content driven" LinkedIn where users feel that it's more engaging and relevant towards their own interests. Business sites do not need to be "stale", and it could be a layout that is both professional and attractive. » 3/26/13 3:20pm 3/26/13 3:20pm

Wi-Fi-Blocking Wallpaper Protects Your Web Fortress by Keeping…

Scientists from the institut polytechnique Grenoble INP and the Centre Technique du Papier have developed a novel new product so gratuitous, it almost seems necessary: a silver-crystal coated wallpaper that can block neighbors from freeloading off your Wi-Fi network. The silver crystals are arranged in such a way… » 5/09/12 10:40pm 5/09/12 10:40pm