What Does It Really Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us Online?

A scholar argues that the real issue is protecting consumers from corporations that are developing ever more sophisticated techniques for getting people to part with their money.

Emerging Tech

NASA's Newest Space Telescope Sends Back Its First Images of the Sun, and They're Gorgeous

Early evidence suggests that IRIS is going to be a feast for those who love pretty pictures of space.

Digital Government

Interactive Gettysburg: Using Modern Mapping Tools for a New Look at the Historical Battle

Seeing how Gettysburg played out on a map can help us understand why, in the end, it turned out as it did.

Emerging Tech

NASA: Voyager 1 Is in a 'New Region' of Space

But it hasn't quite left the bubble around our sun yet.

Digital Government

No Red Phone Ever Connected the White House to Moscow

Another case of 'direct access' not being quite what you first thought.

Digital Government

Using Data Visualization to Capture America's Failure to Take Care of Its Veterans

Some 600,000 veterans have seen their disability-benefit claims founder unanswered for more than 125 days.

Emerging Tech

What It's Like to See the Aurora From Space

Two astronauts chatting about seeing the specialness of Earth's beauty from above.

Digital Government

Why Should We Even Care If the Government Is Collecting Our Data?

Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove.

Emerging Tech

This Is What It Feels Like to Finally Reach Space

Smiles on the faces of all the astronauts last night as they boarded the International Space Station

Emerging Tech

'We're Trying to Portray the Universe as a Real Place With Real Landscapes'

The story of the scientists and artists who have given us our most beautiful pictures of space

Emerging Tech

So This Is How It Begins: Guy Refuses to Stop Drone-Spying on Seattle Woman

Is this legal?


Google Sees More Government Requests to Remove Content 'Than Ever Before'

Two countries -- Brazil and Russia -- stand out for their increased policing of content online.

Emerging Tech

Google Death: A Tool to Take Care of Your Gmail When You're Gone

For years people have been urged to create a social-media will for themselves. Now Google has made doing so very easy.

Emerging Tech

The First Direct Image of a Two-Sun System

Twenty years ago, humans had never identified a single planet outside our own solar system. Now we have pictures.

Emerging Tech

We Still Do Not Know If Voyager 1 Has Left the Solar System

The official position remains that the spacecraft has not yet crossed over into interstellar space

Digital Government

What Does the Consumer Data Industry Know About You?

Ever been bankrupt? Expecting a child? A whole lot of information about who you are -- and what kind of consumer you are -- is for sale.