Tollbooths, ATMs, doctors' offices, online chat: You leave critical personal data behind wherever you go. Let's follow one American as he scatters his digital DNA.
What could possibly go wrong?
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Staphylococcus aureus has a secret mechanism to allow its evil proteins to escape antibiotic blockades
Get the straight facts about improper device removal
But don't wipe your hard drives just yet
Even faster than the fast Fourier transform
Our contributing troubadour, Jonathan Coulton, talks to the movers and shakers of sci-tech. From the moon.
You might not get the comic you were hoping for
A battle of the sexes is taking place in your genes.
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
With a few simple steps, this shiny beast can play your favorite TV shows and run free arcade classics
Learn about JPEG, lossy compression, and the one artifact that doesn't belong in a museum
The results are in from Information is Beautiful's first annual award ceremony
Apparently it won't affect work on the International Space Station
What to do when someone seems to know too much about you
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
Re-exposing people to a fearful stimulus while they slept helped them get rid of their fear.