This week in tech reads: What really happens when you shock a dead brain with electricity, the real science behind the summeriest sci-fi movies, ex-Lulzsec hacker walks free, and more!

  • Danny Yadron talks to the man behind the first computer password, and digs into how this whole password thing got so out of control. [WSJ]
  • Christian Jarrett explores what actually happens when you try to Frankenstien a corpse back to life with a little bit of lighting. No life, but plenty of sparks. [Wired]
  • Adrien Chen on the now-free hacker, Hector "Sabu" Monsegur who turned on Lulzsec cohorts and is happy for having done it. [The New Yorker]
  • Eric Sofge explains the real science behind everything from X-Men to exosuits and which ones you might actually see in the real future. [PopSci]
  • Margaret Rhodes digs into how designers are slowly but surely annihilating all the worst parts of traveling through the sky in gigantic metal birds. [Co.Design]

Image: When a sugar-processing plant stood on this spot in Erie Basin, Brooklyn, in the 1800s, this hopper would move raw sugar off ships through a conveyor system to the processing plant. Today, it's a rusted out reminder of the borough's former industrial glory. [Photo: Nicholas Stango]