October 20, 2013 The new RoboRoach project allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Greg Gage of Backyard Brains says it's not brain control but more like the bridle of a horse. The RoboRoach just provides a sensation that makes the cockroach perceive an obstacle.
October 20, 2013 The reSTART clinic in Washington State treats Internet addicts. Many of the young men who go through the program have been using video games as an escape for years, only to lose themselves in the process. But avoiding the Internet can be nearly impossible, and finding the right balance is a "constant struggle," one patient says.
October 19, 2013 The Web is full of sites promoting views that many find offensive — and often, those sites do business with credit card companies. Some advocacy groups are pressuring Visa and MasterCard to end those relationships, but others worry these campaigns will have a chilling effect on free speech online.
October 18, 2013 It joins a rare club, including Priceline.com and Seaboard, which processes hogs and turkeys. The stock climbed 14 percent on good news about the search giant's advertising business.
October 18, 2013 Researchers say naturally occurring viruses that target bacteria might one day help help treat human infections with germs that are resistant to antibiotics. The research is still in the early stages, and there are quite a few challenges to overcome before a treatment can even be tested in humans.
October 18, 2013 This week's tech news was dominated by revelations about NSA data collection and Apple's hire of Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. And ongoing problems with sign-up for new health exchanges got us thinking about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would have approached the project differently.
October 17, 2013 The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.
October 16, 2013 Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.
October 16, 2013 The FlameStower can cook a pot of rice and charge a cellphone at the same time. This innovation has the potential to bring power to people in developing countries who have cellphones but not electricity.