Featured in November 2011
Amazing Databases: The Genographic Project
The National Geographic Society and IBM sell DNA-testing kits to trace human history scientifically
Amazing Databases: FAOSTAT
The UN created FAOSTAT with the aim of helping scientists feed the world
Amazing Databases: The Combined DNA Index System
The FBI's CODIS database solves cold cases with genetic data
Data Is Power
A new age is upon us: the age of data
November 2011: Data Is Power
Features The Glory of Big Data Suddenly, we can know the world completely. Next, we program it by Juan Enriquez...
Use it Better: Three New Jobs For an iPad
Turn an iPad into an accessory that can frame, light, and store professional-looking photographs
Five Lesser Known Parts to Complete Your DIY Projects
When I’m building something weird—my pedal-powered Panzer, for instance—I have to pull together all sorts of obscure parts. Over the...
Ask a Geek: What Features Will the Next Generation of Smartphones Have?
One of the most significant changes might be in speed, says Avi Greengart, the research director for consumer devices at...
Google’s Payment App Turns Smartphones Into Wallets
In 2003, MasterCard introduced PayPass, a system in which a credit card outfitted with a near-field communication (NFC) chip could...
BMW Enters World of Electric Cars With New Plug-In Vehicles
It’s been hard in recent years to tell how seriously BMW takes electric cars. In 2009, BMW-owned Mini put 600...