May 6, 2013 — A new site called The People's Science aims to bring researchers and the general public together to talk about the work they're doing. Tania Lombrozo takes a look and tries it out for herself.
Apr 3, 2013 — Social networks now hold tremendous power to regulate online speech. Their rules for allowable comments, art and video govern billions of posts worldwide each day. And while Twitter users enjoy a great deal of freedom, Facebook has relatively tight restrictions on what users can say and see.
Mar 8, 2013 — Facebook has unveiled a redesign of its News Feed, but any social network knows that drastic changes come with risks. Just look at Friendster, a site that fizzled after changes to the interface and a subsequent exodus made it less valuable to users.
Feb 13, 2013 — Images of holey foods, like Swiss cheese, aerated chocolate and lotus pods, are freaking out people on the Internet. Urban Dictionary has even coined a term for it: trypophobia. These photographs may make your skin crawl and stomach churn, but here's why you shouldn't panic.
Jan 15, 2013 — The boards that license and discipline doctors are watching what they post online. Guaranteed cancer cures and photos of drunken debauchery are definite no-nos. A picture of a doctor holding a drink at an office party might raise an eyebrow but probably wouldn't trigger an investigation.
Dec 9, 2012 — The next time you are about to post a scathing review of a business on a site like Yelp or Angie's List, you might want to think twice. This week, a housing contractor sued a former customer for $750,000 in defamation charges after she posted a negative review.
Dec 3, 2012 — The number of Americans with diabetes is set to skyrocket in the next 40 years. Social media has given patients an online support network and information repository for dealing with their disease. Big drug companies are hopping on the bandwagon as well.
Oct 31, 2012 — A barrage of unsolicited anti-Obama text messages appears to be linked to a GOP consulting group, based in Virginia. The websites sending the messages have been suspended.
Oct 23, 2012 — The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.
Oct 17, 2012 — It is now clear that we are living in a world of viral memes that take no sides when it comes to spoofing politicians or debate moderators. So what's a politician to do as the target of a social media parody? Run with it.