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Nick Stockton is a tech reporter at Quartz
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The Complete Guide to Biking to Work

May 27, 2014 Whether you live in a small, mid-size, or large city, chances are it’s becoming easier to bike to work. If the proliferation of bike-sharing programs around the world is an indicator, then cycling is having a moment. Despite the danger of getting hit by a car, recent research suggests that ...

Your City Might Start Paying You to Be Late for Work

May 19, 2014 As any city commuter knows, there’s no worse way to start a day than wrestling with the human gridlock on a subway platform during rush hour. Urban Engines is a new start-up making the case for skipping rush hour all together. Even better, they’d like to convince your city to ...

In the Next Big Data Breach, Crowdsourcing Could Find the Culprits

May 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following last year’s theft of credit card data from the retailer Target and this year’s discovery of the Heartbleed bug, it’s probably an understatement to say that the credit-card industry has a problem with data breaches. In fact, since 2010, at least 62 million credit card records in the US ...

When a Drone Flies Into a Jet Engine, Bad Things Happen

May 15, 2014 Last week’s near-collision between a hobby drone and a passenger aircraft portends what could happen as the sky gets a lot more crowded. And the nightmare scenario that has people concerned about drones is that one of them flies too close to a passenger jet and gets sucked into an ...

What Happens if a Drone Gets Sucked Into a Passenger Jet Engine

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week’s near-collision between a hobby drone and a passenger aircraft portends what could happen as the sky gets a lot more crowded. And the nightmare scenario that has people concerned about drones is that one of them flies too close to a passenger jet and gets sucked into an ...

America’s Draconian Lightbulb Laws Are Fueling the Search for Bright New Ideas

May 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Back in 2012, the U.S. government started phasing out incandescent light bulbs, in an attempt to turn Americans on to energy-efficient alternatives. The reaction has mostly been underwhelming—incandescents still outsell more efficient alternatives like LEDs and compact fluorescents, and make up 65% of lightbulb shipments, due to leftover inventory from ...

Video: Nanorobots That Hide in Your Blood Like Viruses Could Someday Fight Cancer

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to fighting disease, your body’s defense system doesn’t like enlisting outside help. Overcoming this “locals only” attitude has been a huge handicap for scientists trying to make medical nanorobots, but now a team from Harvard thinks they’ve developed a disguise that will help the nanorobots sneak through ...

What Turns a Perfectionist Into a Lunatic

April 14, 2014 For sports fans, the spectacle of red-faced, screaming coaches—even more than daffodils and chirping birds—is a harbinger of spring. Occasionally, the rage of some of those men (and they are overwhelmingly men) has overflowed into headline-grabbing incidents and viral YouTube clips: former Dodgers coach Tommy LaSordatackling a mascot, for example, ...

You Can Now Reprogram Your Sleep Patterns With Your iPhone When You Travel

April 11, 2014 Business travelers, factory workers, and grad students all know how hard it can be to regain your circadian rhythm. But a new app is promising to help us plan for, and even shorten, the time it takes to adjust to new time schedules. Typically, the body can adjust its schedule ...

The Reality of How We Focus

April 7, 2014 When you really focus your attention on something, you’re said to be “in the present moment.” But a new piece of research suggests that the “present moment” is actually a chunk of the recent past, and it’s about 15 seconds long. Jason Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley, ...