Brain Hackers Beware: Scientist Says tDCS Has No Effect
Those brain-stimulating gizmos you heard about? Many studies find they really do something. Just never the same thing.
Netflix’s Secret Special Algorithm Is a Human
I like Tim Wu’s New Yorker piece on how Netflix complements its trove of viewership stats with human instinct when betting on new shows.
—Kristin Majcher, special projects editor
At Silk Road Trial, Lawyers Fight to Include Evidence They Call Vital: Emoji
How do you read an emoticon in court? Silk Road underground marketplace trial runs into tricky problem of how to orally express typed conversations.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Never Trust a Corporation to Do a Library’s Job
The story of Internet Archive, a nonprofit that’s taken on Google’ onetime mission of preserving the past.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Learning from Animal Friendships
“Animals share abilities once considered exclusive to humans, including some emotions, tool use, counting, certain aspects of language and even a moral sense.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer