The Boston Marathon Bombings: An In-Depth Report
The deadly April 15 explosions unnerved a city and a sport. How can science and technology stop terrorist attacks and save lives? New stories will be added daily
What Boston Showed about Human Nature
In the seconds after the explosions came an answer to an ancient question: Are we by nature good, or bad?
From Baghdad to Boston: War Lessons on Amputations Help Blast Victims Walk Again
A decade of battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has led to better understanding of IED injuries that will likely improve the outcomes of survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing...
Why It's Better to Text Than Call in a Mass Emergency
Today at BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker has a fascinating Q&A with communications engineer and entrepreneur Brough Turner about how mobile-phone networks respond to sudden spikes in call volume, as occurred April 15 in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings...
Aftermath of Boston Marathon Bombing: How Do Terrorists Use Improvised Explosive Devices?
Two IEDs were detonated near the race’s finish line. An expert explains how they work and how they can lead investigators back to the bomb-makers
Crowd Psychology: What Comes After Boston for Mass Public Events?
Will the masses at NFL events do "the wave" only in the watchful sights of a police sharpshooter's high-powered rifle? Is tailgating before the game all but nostalgic history?
Cooperation after a tragedy: When our hearts know better than our minds.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers The exact details of what happened today on Boylston Street are still being sorted out, but multiple reports are confirming that two bombs were detonated close to the finish line of today's Boston Marathon, killing at least two people and wounding dozens of others.As a social psychologist, there are so many reasons to expect that this should end up revealing an absolute low point for humanity...
Boston Marathon Calamity Shows Value of Social Media
It might be no surprise that immediately after the explosions at today’s Boston Marathon, social media sites became the best way for the public to obtain on-the-scene reports.
Yes We Scan: Have Post-9/11 Airport Screening Technologies Made Us Safer? [Slide Show]
Airport security breaches on and after 9/11 have led to the continual advancement of technologies such as millimeter wave imaging and backscatter scanners to prevent future tragedies
The Apple of Its Eye: Security and Surveillance Pervades Post-9/11 New York City [Video]
The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative has covered much of the city with a network of surveillance cameras and other equipment, to the dismay of privacy advocates
Something in the Way You Move: Cameras May Soon Recognize Criminals by Their Gait
Advances in motion-capture technology hold enormous potential as a tool for analyzing surveillance video for possible security threats
Are Military Bots the Best Way to Clear Improvised Explosive Devices ?
Robots continue to play ever-more important combat roles in the air and on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their responsibilities will only continue to grow
Look Sharp: Video Search Engine Helps Monitor Criminals, Employees and Consumers Alike
3VR wants to be the Google of surveillance footage, giving businesses the ability to search video for specific people, places and things
Self-Worth Shattering: A Single Bomb Blast Can Saddle Soldiers with Debilitating Brain Trauma
Brain tissue from deceased military veterans exposed to explosions shows signs of the same neurodegenerative brain disorder that strikes football players who have sustained multiple concussions...
New bomb-sniffing device can identify chemical components of different explosives in open air
Law enforcement was able to thwart an attempt to set off an explosion in the middle of New York City's Times Square on May 1 thanks to the quick thinking of a T-shirt vendor who noticed smoke coming from a parked SUV...
How Can We Condemn Boston Murders But Excuse U.S. Bombing of Civilians?
Ever since the Boston Marathon bombings Monday, something has been bothering me. I've tried to put it out of my mind, but I can't. So, perhaps unwisely, I'm going to write about it.We Americans are justifiably outraged at the attacks in Boston, which killed three innocent people and injured many more...