Smartphone Cameras Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections Right at Home

Ear infections, the number one reason parents take kids to the doctor, are an exceedingly common and exceedingly annoying fact of life. But a new smartphone app and accessory could help ease the irritation (of going to to the doctor's on a false alarm) by promising to diagnose ear infections right from home. » 12/18/14 11:30am Thursday 11:30am

Climate Change Could Make It Harder for Airplanes to Get Liftoff

Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked airplane is too heavy. It's maddening, and it makes you question the airline's ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off… » 12/18/14 10:08am Thursday 10:08am

Crowdfunding Idiots Want To Hijack Serial 

Serial is ending this week—but not without a crowdfunding campaign trying to glom itself onto the podcast's popularity first. "CrowdSolve - CrowdSourcing Adnan's Investigation" is the logical convergence of online vigilante justice and dumb crowdfunding, and it represents exactly what is wrong with internet culture… » 12/15/14 4:54pm Monday 4:54pm

A New Simulation Shows How the Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

In 1962, three inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary attempted one of the most daring and ingenious escapes of all time. They got out of Alcatraz, but where they ended up is still a mystery. The FBI concluded they most likely drowned. But the inmates did have a slim chance at survival, according to a few Dutch… » 12/15/14 3:44pm Monday 3:44pm

There's a Good Reason Why Citi Bike Is Such a Mess in NYC 

Today, New York City comptroller's office released a scathing report about lack of maintenance by Citi Bike, which would come as no surprise to riders frustrated by broken docks or busted bikes. Why is Citi Bike a mess when bike shares in other cities—operated by the same parent company even—are going along swimmingly? » 12/12/14 6:25pm 12/12/14 6:25pm