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Psychos Need a Little Sympathy

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Psychopaths are not a lost cause, one scientist argues. They simply suffer from a learning disability, and proper treatment could save society lots of pain and suffering. By Suzanne Leigh.

Peek at NSA's Secret Reading List

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

What's the typical U.S. spook reading up on? From encryption to extraterrestrials, recently divulged documents offer a glimpse between the covers of the National Security Agency's classified internal magazines. By Ryan Singel.

Warcraft Wonders of Tomorrow

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Now that the new World of Warcraft expansion is upon us, it's time to consider the extras that are yet to come. How about smokin' cybersex, more elves than you can shake a Quidditch broom at, and humanoid tapirs? Commentary by Lore Sjöberg.

Love the Leak, Hate the Leaker?

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Congress considers protecting journalists from being forced to reveal their sources, while punishing government workers who leak secrets to reporters. Here's why that schizophrenic approach actually makes sense. Commentary by Jennifer Granick.

Game|Life On the Air

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:25:00 +0000

Chris Kohler and friends podcast from Japan, discussing the highs and lows of the Tokyo Game Show. Plus: More TGS pics and game impressions. In Game|Life.

Study: Truste Sites Un-Trusty

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:00:00 +0000

A Harvard researcher finds that sites certified by Truste are twice as likely to install adware or spam you than equivalent non-certified sites. In 27BStroke6.

Fuel Cell Vehicles' Bumpy Ride

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:00:00 +0000

GM and Honda are inching closer to commercial fuel-cell vehicles, but creating the hydrogen infrastructure for refueling will take an addtional decade. In Autopia.

Paul Allen's Digital Brain

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:30:00 +0000

Researchers creating the Allen Brain Atlas unveil their first accomplishment -- a map of every gene in the mouse brain. Next up is a similar study using human brain slices. By Xeni Jardin.

Moving Beyond String Theory

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

How do you get general relativity and quantum mechanics to live together? String theory is the darling for now, but other promising approaches are floating out there as well. By Mark Anderson.

Cell Phones? Hell Phones!

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Convenient and beguiling, the cell phone nevertheless is devil's handiwork. Don't think so? Read on. Commentary by Momus.

Move Into Space, but Where?

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

At Space 2006, arguments erupt over whether the moon, Mars or a space station should be the central settlement. Each has its advantages and downsides. Robert Lemos reports from San Jose, California.

The Mythical 40-Hour Gamer

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Plenty of video games promise 40 hours of play, but who has the time? That's right, those hard-core, teenage players who occupy the other side of that raging demographic schism, that's who. Commentary by Clive Thompson.

NSA Cases Face Secret Tribunal

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Congress is poised to pass a bill that could bury dozens of lawsuits over the Bush administration's warrantless spying, hiding them behind the closed doors of an intelligence court in Washington D.C. By Ryan Singel.

What if Bionics Were Better

Sun, 24 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Some able-bodied people want to improve their bodies with artificial parts. But their dreams may outpace the capabilities of technology. By Chris Oakes. Part four in a four-part series. PLUS: A Question of Mind Over Matter Give 'em a (Working) Hand Grow Your Own Limbs Take an Interactive Bionics Tour

Taste Networking for Better Porn

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

The latest project at the Museum of Sex harnesses our collective sexual preferences to tailor personal recommendations for adult content. Commentary by Regina Lynn.

Sony Cuts Japan PS3 Price

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Japanese gamers get a cheaper PlayStation 3, and everyone gets HDMI. But Sony won’t say what percentage of PS3 units will be the less expensive models. Chris Kohler reports from Tokyo.

The Scanning of the Fittest

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

If shopping for clothes is not your idea of fun, you may want to head to a body scanner near you. The devices collect measurements that help shoppers find the perfect fit and the apparel industry to better size its garments. By Tracy Powell.

ATM Maker Readies Anti-Hack Patch

Thu, 21 Sep 2006 11:00:00 +0000

A high-tech scammer may have used an easily obtained default pass code to reprogram an ATM into giving out free money. With 75,000 cash machines in service, the manufacturer says it's coding a software update to force careless operators to change their codes before the cash scam gets out of hand. By Kevin Poulsen.

Lessons From the Facebook Riots

Wed, 20 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

When the social discovery site turns members' most trivial actions into unfolding "News Feeds," users rebel, and the company races to quiet their anger. Both sides learn a hard lesson about the illusory nature of online privacy. Commentary by Bruce Schneier.

Laying Traps for Space Tourists

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

Now that we’ve got tourists blasting into space, we have to give them somewhere interesting to drop their disposable income. Commentary by Lore Sjöberg.

Web 2.0 Winners and Losers

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

After digging through the most awesome examples of next-generation web services on the net -- and the most useless -- we've compiled this list of the best and worst. What's Web 2.0's killer app? And which app simply kills our will to live? By Michael Calore.

Software Sinks Sansa

Mon, 18 Sep 2006 23:00:00 +0000

SanDisk's new music player is nice, and RealNetworks' companion Rhapsody subscription service offers some cool features. Together, can they make an iPod killer? Commentary by Leander Kahney.