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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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That others may live

yesterdayTechnology : Babbage

IT IS a solemn custom in science to mark the names of collaborators who pass away during the course of an article's publication with a superscript no different than that indicating their academic affiliation. Very rare indeed is the case that five names on a single report should share that mark. Show More Summary

Thou shalt not kill, in theory

2 days agoTechnology : Babbage

THE street protests in Ferguson, Missouri have been met with a range of so-called non-lethal weaponry, including sonic blasters, rubber balls, stun grenades and tear gas. There has been much debate about whether the authorities' response was disproportionate. Show More Summary

Divining reality from the hype

3 days agoTechnology : Babbage

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. OVER the past few decades it has become clear that innovation—more than inputs of capital and labour—is what drives a modern economy. In the developed...Show More Summary

A saline solution to global warming?

4 days agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss Amazon’s purchase of Twitch and the reasons behind the recent pause in global warming

Petals to the metal

last weekTechnology : Babbage

WALK into a florist in America and take a deep breath: beneath the heady scents of petals and pollen, you might just catch a whiff of jet fuel. Nearly three-quarters of all the flowers sold in the US have travelled through Miami International Airport in Florida. Show More Summary

Rideshare dust-ups and space dust

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss the Uber-Lyft rideshare war and dust particles from interstellar space

You have been hacked!

last weekTechnology : Babbage

THE theft by a Russian syndicate of 1.2 billion username and password combinations from 420,000 websites around the world means that the personal details of almost half of all users of the internet must now be considered severely compromised. Show More Summary

Had a very shiny? No

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

A CENTRAL character in Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra is the titular magpie. The opera's rising action begins with the bird's theft of a silver spoon, and later, a silver coin. European folklore abounds with examples of the magpie's love of both shiny objects and larceny. Show More Summary

Hot or not?

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THERE is a long list of technical innovations that start out as the preserve of the military or academia but end up ubiquitous. The last stage of the spread seems to be integration into mobile phones-as has happened with digital photography and GPS-enabled location services. Show More Summary

Probing questions

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss the Rosetta space probe's triangular "orbit", and the reality of net neutrality

A shock heard 'round the world

2 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THE title of glacial seismologist is, relatively speaking, a new one in science. It took until the early 1950s for scientists at Baffin Island in Canada to report “icequakes”, the sudden movement of ice and frozen, saturated earth. The...Show More Summary

Understanding Ebola

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

WITH around 1,700 suspected cases and more than 900 deaths, the outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in four West African countries is the biggest ever recorded. On August 8th the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the epidemic an "international emergency". Show More Summary

The joys of monomania

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THERE is something admirable about people with a passion for forms of media that have fallen by the wayside—black-and-white films, vinyl records, silver-halide photography, lithographic printing and other relics of analogue expression that have been superseded by digital equivalents. Show More Summary

Grasping at claws

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

“‘TIS said, fantastic ocean doth enfold,” William Wordsworth reminds us, “the likeness of whate’er on land is seen.” For those who would explore the oceans’ depths, though, there has been until now one notable exception: a fully functioning hand. Show More Summary

How not to stop Ebola's spread

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

THIS week: An update on the Ebola outbreak and catching an asteroid in a bag

Wanted: a tinkerer’s charter

3 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

FOREIGNERS find it hard to believe that Americans—the most fiercely independent people on the planet—have not been allowed to tinker with their mobile phones. Using downloaded software to unlock them, so they can be employed on a different...Show More Summary

How the Labrador got its spots

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

OVER the course of several thousand years, mankind slowly transformed the wild canine into man’s best friend. Wolves would linger near early human settlements, supplementing their diets with food scraps and other waste. Some of these...Show More Summary

Where culture goes to die

4 weeks agoTechnology : Babbage

C.P. SNOW would have been heartened. The scientist and author alleged in the 1950s that intellectual progress in the whole of the Western world had become neatly and resolutely divided between the sciences and the humanities. But inShow More Summary

Listen like a fly on the wall

last monthTechnology : Babbage

THIS week our correspondents discuss fly-inspired hearing aids and Airbnb’s move into business travel

The Pacific's wayward child

last monthTechnology : Babbage

THE DROUGHT afflicting California—now heading into its third year—has taken a turn for the worse. It seems that 2014 is shaping up to be the driest in nearly a century. Back in January, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of drought emergency, and urged Californians to cut their water use by 20%. Show More Summary

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