Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future
Are these entrepreneurial programs going to create the next Mark Zuckerberg or are they promoting narrow skill sets without encouraging students to tackle complex problems? The New York Times tries to answer.
—Megan Barnett, deputy editor
How to Let Instagram Be Your Travel Guide
Instagram can be quite the visually enchanting travel buddy, if you’re a little discerning (i.e., if you can distinguish between what actually looks good and what looks good behind 18 different filters). The app has led me to some of my favorite restaurants and art galleries while exploring new cities, serving me better than any TripAdvisor-like sites ever have. And this Boston Globe article elevates it to a bona fide travel technique.
—Julia Sklar, interim associate Web producer
Dear Architects: Sound Matters
In this interactive think piece from the New York Times, an architectural critic tells why acoustical design is just as important to the feeling of a physical space as any visual or ergonomic detail. To illustrate the point, the article is accompanied by 3-D sound bites of places like Grand Central Station or the New York Public Library, which, if listened to with headphones, really make you feel you’re there, even if you’re on your couch.
13 Times Washington Tried to Sell Encryption Workarounds in 2015
Watch the U.S. government’s arguments evolve throughout the year as the encryption debate grew more heated.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Posture Affects Standing, and Not Just the Physical Kind
Poor posture is bad for your health, but more importantly, “poor posture can even leave you vulnerable to street crime.”
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
A Roomba recorded a woman on the toilet. How did screenshots end up on Facebook?
Robot vacuum companies say your images are safe, but a sprawling global supply chain for data from our devices creates risk.
A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate
Make Sunsets is already attempting to earn revenue for geoengineering, a move likely to provoke widespread criticism.
10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023
These exclusive satellite images show that Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway
Weirdly, any recent work on The Line doesn’t show up on Google Maps. But we got the images anyway.
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