Articles by Alex Pasternack
A tree's rings are like the grooves of a record, in that they contain information. Bartholomäus Traubeck took this simile to its conclusion.
Torrents of big data can't stop mistakes—sometimes they make them more likely. The tragedy of Challenger, as with G.M. and others, was that some people had tried to stop it.
The government's peculiar argument for deleting evidence of domestic surveillance: not deleting it could be a technological disaster.
In a China that was slowly, gradually opening up, Fang Lizhi's teaching had strayed from quantum cosmology and dark matter into more exotic territories like democracy and human rights.
To contain a terrible stench, a real estate company in the Chinese city of Hangzhou covered toxic land with a giant tent.
The exciting thing is what's underneath it: a giant spreadsheet.
After Snowden, some words seem harder to Google: Researchers found a "significant" fall in search traffic on 'high government trouble'-rated search terms.
Due to an apparent drug overdose, one of music's innovators died early Sunday at home in Chicago.
Some of the world's biggest oil companies have spent $50 billion on the most complicated engineering project in the world, with little to show for it.
In what feels like a full-on Netflix nod, they even called it "Game of Pawns."