By Matthew Yglesias
Posted 08.02.2011 at 5:29 pm 0 Comments
The information-technology revolution that should have made the traditional university obsolete happened in 1439, when Johannes Gutenberg brought moveable-type printing to Europe. Until then, books had been hand-copied and were too expensive for all but the wealthiest seekers of knowledge. Instead, students would listen as a lecturer (from the Latin legere, “to read”) recited the contents of these unattainably complex devices. Centuries later, even as the Internet further reduces the cost of knowledge distribution, the lecture hall continues to dominate higher education.
By Darren Murph
Posted 07.31.2011 at 5:12 pm 0 Comments
Five years ago, Nintendo introduced the Wii, and with it a new kind of controller that became a virtual sword, bat or blaster that players could swing and aim just like the real things. Now, while Sony and Microsoft concentrate on upgrading similar motion-capture systems on their existing consoles, Nintendo is once again reimagining how we play. The upcoming Wii U console, which will roll out next year, uses an updated controller will make games even more immersive.
By Lucas Pollock
Posted 07.30.2011 at 3:04 pm 0 Comments
When Jacob Appelbaum spoke at a workshop for Arab bloggers in Beirut in 2009, he knew his audience would pay special attention. The 26-year-old American programmer had spent the previous year in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia and Hong Kong training communities and activists how to use an increasingly popular program called Tor to evade government attempts to track their movements online.
By Joshua Saul
Posted 07.29.2011 at 3:28 pm 1 Comment
During the 2010 season, about 160 NFL players suffered concussions, which doctors have linked to depression, early onset of Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. The number of concussions in the NFL has increased by at least 20 percent each season for the past three years. The rate of concussions among high-school and college players (where they go unreported) is probably much higher.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.