Science & Tech

How We Almost Lost Wine Forever

Monday, March 24th, 2014
We're big fans of good old-fashioned hedonism — and throughout centuries, pleasure-lovers have sung the praises of wine, women, song. But here's an interesting historical diagram which tells the remarkable story of how wine itself was almost lost to all of humanity! Via: Presented by: Mocavo - Genealogy Search Full article »

Transhumanist Salvation or Judgment Day?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
What happens when humans can really merge with robots, and there's real nanotechnology? R.U. Sirius confronts the ultimate question: will technology save humankind — or destroy it? By Lou Cabron
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The Great Google Rebellion

Sunday, October 19th, 2008
What happens when 22 million users get a non-consensual change to their home page? By Lou Cabron
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Thomas Hawk Versus Rent-a-Cops

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art threw him out and triggered an online retribution, while we finally tracked down the last security guard who tried to cross the popular blogger. By Destiny
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Google Stalker Reveals Secret Project

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
What happens after a year of undercover development finally ends? By Destiny
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There Won’t Be Blood

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
A sizable percentage of the population is barred from donating blood – gay men. By Steve Robles
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Dead Woman Blogging

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
Did Theresa Duncan issue a final blog post from beyond the grave? By Lou Cabron
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What If Ben Were One of Us?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
Time magazine's former editor asks: Would Benjamin Franklin by a blogger? By Destiny
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Catching Up With an Aqua Teen Terrorist

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
January 31, 2007: a day that will live in infamy. The great city of Boston was brought to its knees by the appearance of unexpected L.E.D. placards in places where they didn't belong. An interview with one of the evildoers. By RU Sirius
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Is The Net Good For Writers?

Friday, October 5th, 2007
10 professional writers answer the most important question of our time. By RU Sirius
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Rodney Brooks’ Robots are Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control

Friday, September 21st, 2007
He's an MIT Professor of Robotics and the CTO of iRobot Corporation — and this video catches him asking the ultimate question about the coming robotics revolution. By RU Sirius
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The NoSo Project: No Social Networking

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
Learn about a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from your social networking environment. By RU Sirius
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Web Fight: Wikipedia, YouTube vs. Perverted Justice

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
Is the group behind "Dateline: To Catch a Predator" gunning for the internet itself? By Lou Cabron
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Monkey v. Dog v. Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
Cruel fights between monkeys and dogs are documented in a Wikipedia article, but on the site another fight-to-the-death erupts. By Lou Cabron
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Steve Wozniak v. Stephen Colbert — and Other Pranks

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Steve Wozniak talks about his punking the Secret Service, ethical phone phreaking, and programming the Apple II by hand. by RU Sirius

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Expect Trouble Activating Your iPhone

Friday, June 29th, 2007
All those requests at the same time will put a huge strain on Apple's iTunes servers. But, at least then, they don't have to deal with a lynch mob at the retail level. By Jayden Devereux

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Hype Smackdown: iPhone v. Paris Hilton

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
It's a battle of pop culture titans as two empires -- one high-tech, one high-rise -- clash in explosive PR fury. By Jeff Diehl

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Anarchy for the USA: A Conversation with Josh Wolf

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
Anti-globalist activism, anarchism, and his new projects to "Free The Media" and give prisoners a voice in the blogosphere. By RU Sirius

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YouTube, the 20-Year-Old, and Date Unknown

Friday, June 22nd, 2007
The stage is set for a flood of copycat bum-rushers who will no doubt lay siege to the Googleplex armed with nothing but their media and Gen-Y audacity. By Destiny

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YouTube’s 5 Sorriest Questions for the 2008 Presidential Candidates

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
What if my President was selected by MySpace? By Lou Cabron

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How the Internet Disorganizes Everything

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
The author of Cluetrain Manifesto explains how "everything is miscellaneous" in a web-based society — we dip into the vast pool of uncategorized information and use it to make our own sense of things. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Scientific Laws of Romance

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
In a relationship, there exists a Constant Distance between two people that must be maintained at all times. By Ethan Todras-Whitehill Full article »

A Conversation with Justin Kan of Justin.tv

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
When Justin Kan clipped a mobile camera onto his cap, opening justin.tv, it was just another step along the way to the fully mediated life. By RU Sirius Full article »

Give Me Immortality Or Give Me Death!

Friday, May 18th, 2007
According to transhumanist Michael Anissimov, there's an even chance that we're looking at immortality or existential destruction in the next 20-40 years. By RU Sirius Full article »

Keith Henson Back in Jail – Space Elevator Will Have To Wait

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
Just before his epic conflict with the Scientologists, Henson was scheduled to talk at a European Space Agency conference on how Space Elevators could completely solve the carbon and energy problems. By RU Sirius Full article »

Closing Pandora’s Box: The End of Internet Radio?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
Tim Westergen from SaveNetRadio.org is trying to keep Internet Radio alive and diverse. By RU Sirius Full article »

Create an Alien, Win A-Prize!

Thursday, April 19th, 2007
The A-Prize offers to reward the first person who creates an "artificial lifeform" or reveals that one has been created. By RU Sirius Full article »

New Tool for Bloggers: Technorati Incoming Links Visualizer

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
There's a new way of seeing a web site's popularity. Now let's have some fun with it. By Destiny Full article »

Should YouTube Hear Me?

Monday, April 16th, 2007
Is this the latest craze -- storming a corporation's headquarters and demanding that they listen to you? By Destiny Full article »

Homeland Security Follies

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
Security expert Bruce Schneier says that nearly everything the government is doing about terrorism is wrong. By RU Sirius Full article »

Prescription Ecstasy and Other Pipe Dreams

Thursday, March 29th, 2007
Have you ever walked into a pharmacy with a prescription for Acid and Ecstasy? You will. By RU Sirius Full article »

Google Heard Me, Now What?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
Why is 25-year-old Aaron Stanton hiring programmers in Boise? After he wheedled a summit with Google, what's his secret project? By Destiny Full article »

Official Launch: 10ZM.TV

Monday, March 19th, 2007
Have you checked out MondoGlobo's new video show? You may have, and don't even know it! By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Twittering the Twitter Revolution

Friday, March 16th, 2007
Is Twitter a revolution -- or a doomed new technology for interrupting you? By Lou Cabron Full article »

“Dear Internet, I’m Sorry”

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
Even while delivering a video apology "to all bloggers, webmasters and other individuals" as part of a settlement agreement with 10 Zen Monkeys, he somehow seems determined to be the most hated man on the internet. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Whatever Happened to Virtual Reality?

Friday, March 9th, 2007
In the early nineties, Virtual Reality was all the rage. What happened? VR maven Jaron Lanier tells. By RU Sirius Full article »

Who are Second Life’s “Patriotic Nigras”?

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
In their first interview, online pranksters reveal the secrets of their attack on John Edwards virtual headquarters with flying penis monsters. They explain their philosophy about Second Life, how they operate -- and who they're voting for. By Lou Cabron. Full article »

John Edwards’ Virtual Attackers Unmasked

Monday, March 5th, 2007
The attackers who hit the Democratic candidate's Second Life headquarters have been identified. And they're gloating. By Lou Cabron Full article »

SF Writer Rudy Rucker: Everything Is Computation

Thursday, March 1st, 2007
In this interview, Rucker leads us through complex, technology-rich, multi-leveled worlds that teach us about how the world works through the eyes of a mathematician, a scientist, and a humorist. By RU Sirius Full article »

When Lego Goes to War

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
As an educator who's been using Legos to teach kids for over a decade, I feel an urgent need to express where Lego has gone wrong. By Lego King Full article »

How The iPod Changes Culture

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
When I sat down to interview Steven Levy, author of The Perfect Thing, I realized that most of the questions I'd prepared were about my ambiguities. By RU Sirius Full article »

Is Yahoo/Flickr DMCA Policy Censorship?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
Photographer and blogger Thomas Hawk tells the story of his Flickr stream vs. Michael Crook. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

The 5 Sexiest Apple Videos

Monday, February 12th, 2007
Are Mac users sexier than other people? Or are they just flaunting their computer's superior video editing capabilities? Either way, these videos should bring a smile to your favorite Mac-loving gal or guy. (NSFW in parts.) By Lou Cabron Full article »

When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Science fiction writer and Boing Boing contributor talks about his new book, Overclocked. By RU Sirius Full article »

Keith Henson Talks about Memetics, Evolutionary Psychology & Scientology

Monday, February 5th, 2007
Given his battle with Scientology, this interview presents a broader view of Keith Henson. By RU Sirius Full article »

Girls Are Geeks, Too

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Are women geeks the exception that proves the rule, or the vocal edge of a phenomenon that gets suppressed or ignored? Interview with the editors of the book, She's Such a Geek. By RU Sirius Full article »

Jimmy Wales Will Destroy Google

Monday, January 29th, 2007
Interview from The RU Sirius Show with the founder of Wikipedia. By RU Sirius Full article »

Why Chicks Don’t Dig The Singularity

Friday, January 19th, 2007
By focusing on technology, sex and relationships, author Joe Quirk is broadening the audience for the study of the genetic roots of human behaviors. By RU Sirius Full article »

Kneecaps, Eyeballs and Livers for Sale: The World Organ Trade

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
Worried about bodily decay? If you're starting to notice the effects of beer, grease and couch-potatohood on your longevity potential, no need to wait around for human cloning. By Etelka Lehoczky Full article »

Robert Anton Wilson 1932-2007

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
This time around, it appears that Mr. Wilson has actually left corporeality, appropriately on 1/11 (at 4:50 am -- you hardcore number freaks can get to work on the meaning of that one... I do see a five in there!). By RU Sirius Full article »

iPhone Debate: I’m a Mac vs. Bill Gates

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
48 hours after the iPhone was announced, is it a techno-revolution or just media hype? We imagine a fierce debate between the Mac guy and Bill Gates. By Lou Cabron

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Hallucinogenic Weapons: The Other Chemical Warfare

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
An Interview with Dr. James S. Ketchum, author of Chemical Warfare: Secrets Almost Forgotten, the story of how he helped the Army Chemical Center research psychedelics and deliriants for use as non-lethal weapons. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Web 2.0 Guide to Loving Neologisms

Monday, January 8th, 2007
Don't be a neologophobe! By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Ten Video Moments from 2006

Thursday, December 28th, 2006
2006 saw new issues emerging around sex, privacy, media and politics — sometimes, all at the same time. Those startling moments are captured in 10 online videos. By Destiny Full article »

Has Michael Crook Harassed You?

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
Now is your chance to support the free speech rights of bloggers and webmasters by simply telling us your story. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Worst Vlogs of 2006

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
Video blogging is a phenomenon so new, it's blazing a trail to new levels of awful-ness. Here's five vlogs that prove it. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Atheist Filmmaker Issues ‘Blasphemy Challenge’

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
If Brian Flemming has his way, we'll get a real War on Christmas, complete with atheistic shock troops confronting believers with the non-logic of their dearest religious beliefs. By RU Sirius Full article »

5 Retarded Online Christmas Videos

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
2006 was the year Christmas confronted "filmmakers" and "comedians" who began uploading strange new perspectives to YouTube and Revver. Aren't we blessed? By Destiny Full article »

ABCNews + Amanda Congdon – Rocketboom = Whuh?

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
When a busty blonde video blogger leaves Rocketboom for ABC News.com, anything can happen. Unfortunately, it didn't. By Lou Cabron Full article »

The Crooks of the World Hurt Copyright, Free Speech

Sunday, December 10th, 2006
Michael Crook himself is not much of a threat to free speech or copyright. However, the Michael Crooks of the world, are. By Jonathan Bailey Full article »

Wonderful Wizardry of ‘Woz’

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
An Interview with Gina Smith, co-author of Steve Wozniak's autobiography, "iWoz" By RU Sirius Full article »

Google is Trying to Get Into Your Pants

Thursday, November 30th, 2006
Google is running ads with a jingle that boasts, "I've got Google maps in my pants." Is it deliberately bad, or is this a rare Google mis-step? By Destiny Full article »

Counterculture and the Tech Revolution

Sunday, November 19th, 2006
The connection between the contemporary global economy and the countercultural attitudes of the 1960s and 70s. By RU Sirius Full article »

Sorry ‘Bout That, Nick!

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
We like Nick Douglas. A lot. He's funny, playful, unafraid to say crazy shit. So we naturally stayed as up-to-date as we could with the situation surrounding his departure from Valleywag. Little did we know the role we played in his exodus. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Where in the World is Nick Douglas?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
We talked to all the players -- Nick Denton, Nick Douglas, Rocketboom's Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon, and even Dave Winer. By Destiny Full article »

Crook’s Internet Club

Monday, November 6th, 2006
The Internet's most hated figure, Michael Crook, belonged to the Internet Club in high school, where he trained students "on how to use the Internet properly." By Lou Cabron Full article »

Great Moments in the War Against DMCA

Friday, November 3rd, 2006
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has inspired a whole helluva lot of abuse in its short tenure. But it's also inspired playful reactions meant to instruct, annoy and protest. By Destiny Full article »

Interview With Valleywag Nick Douglas

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
Spilling the goods on Oracle's Larry Ellison, Google's Marissa Mayer, and all manner of California reporters, geeks, and venture capitalists. By RU Sirius Full article »

EFF and 10 Zen Monkeys vs. Michael Crook and DMCA

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing 10 Zen Monkeys in a civil lawsuit against griefer Michael Crook for abusing the DMCA and violating our free speech rights. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Good Griefers: Fortuny v. Crook

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
In the easily spoofed "reality" of the online griefing biz, it's difficult to know the difference between authentic actions and ones that are done merely for publicity, particularly when the publicity-seekers don't have a whole lot of regard for their own reputations. By Lou Cabron Full article »

The Perversions of Perverted-Justice

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
In the name of protecting society from its most reviled deviants, they've aimed their vigilante arsenal at rival web sites, personal enemies, and even Google and Wikipedia. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Jason Fortuny Speaks

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
He's not sorry, he'd do it again, and he's buying a gun. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Death? No, Thank You

Thursday, September 21st, 2006
When the looming biotech boom starts making real advances, how fast will people's sentiments about scientific immortality change, along with their demands? By Jayden Devereux Full article »

Willie Nelson’s ‘Narcotic’ Shrooms

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
The mainstream media tends to use law enforcement misnomers for illicit drugs, when reporting news around drugs. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Secret Life of Jason Fortuny

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
He's become famous as an online menace/hero after posting the photos and come-ons from nearly 150 men responding to a fake sex ad he placed on Craig's List. What kind of man would commit such a prank? By Lou Cabron Full article »

The Cellphone Murders

Thursday, September 7th, 2006
The phonebashing.com site knocking the corporate suits at Virgin Records is in fact owned, run, and incorporated by Virgin Records. By Destiny Full article »

Sex For Memes’ Sake

Wednesday, August 4th, 1999

Sociobiologists have attempted to elucidate the spectrum of human behaviors in terms of evolution, but they find themselves facing big problems when explaining sexual activities.

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