Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.
The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. Now network scientists say your friends are probably wealthier and happier, too.
If electric cars become popular quickly, the demand for charging them is likely to exceed supply. Now mathematicians have worked out how electricity companies can distribute their power fairly to car owners. But the price–accurate information about driving habits–may be too much to ask.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on warrantless cell-phone searches is an encouraging acknowledgement that the Constitution protects our privacy from much more than physical trespass.
Criminals are increasingly using the internet to turn dirty money into a spotless shade of green. Now a report written for the United Nations lifts the lid on many of these increasingly popular techniques.
If we want to bring coding skills to the masses, we may have to reinvent what programming is.
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.
If a Web page lacks a time stamp, how do you know when it was created? A new Web application could help.
Ever wondered what fuel fires potatoes out of a cannon the fastest? The US Air Force now has the answer
Astronomers have long known that combining the data from several astrophotographs can reveal dramatically more detail about astrophysical objects. So what will they discover by combining all the astrophotographs on the Web?