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Cyberwar for Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox. It was Election Day to choose the leadership of Mexico’s right-wing Partido Acción Nacional, or PAN, and Lagunes, a former federal congresswoman, was holding a strategy …

Human Rights

How a ‘rent to buy’ scheme is making home ownership a reality

They were the words that father-of-two Adam Stephens had waited so long to hear: “This is your house and it’s going to be your home for the next 10 years. After that, you may decide you never want to leave. It’s up to you.”<p>On hearing that from his new landlord, Stephens felt a “massive, massive …

Housing

1 Thing Wireless Carriers Don't Want You to Know About Smartphone Leasing

Sprint and T-Mobile can play accounting games when you lease a smartphone.<p>If you're looking to buy a new phone from <b>T-Mobile</b> (NASDAQ:TMUS) or <b>Sprint</b> …

This Origami Microscope Costs Just $3, But It Can Diagnose Malaria

The Foldscope is constructed out of greeting card paper, a watch battery, and a dirt cheap lens. But don’t be fooled, you can use it to detect more than 20 diseases.<p>Many of the world’s most fatal and gruesome infectious diseases can be detected with a simple microscope. Doctors, though, often skip …

Citizen Science

I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

It’s my first class of the semester at New York University. I’m discussing the evils of plagiarism and falsifying sources with 11 graduate journalism …

The beginners guide to breaking website security with nothing more than a Pineapple

You know how security people get all uppity about SSL this and SSL that? Stuff like posting creds over HTTPS isn’t enough, you have to load login …

How a Car Engine Works - Animagraffs

Did you know that your car will take in 20,000 cubic feet of air to burn 20 gallons of fuel? That's the equivalent of a 2,500 sq. ft. house! If your …

Engines

3D printer made almost entirely out of Lego

An engineering student lacking the funds for a Makerbot creates one himself with the goods he happened to have available: a box of Lego.<p>3D printers are slowly coming down in price, with the least expensive yet just reaching its funding goal on Kickstarter last month at an asking price of …

Lego