| Apr 27, 2014
While blind people can browse the Internet through a variety of means, there is often one thing that stops them cold — a security feature known as a CAPTCHA that's designed to distinguish human users from robots.
CAPTCHAs, in which a user must...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Weinstein Co. has dated "Big Eyes," starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, for a Christmas release in the U.S. -- positioning it for an awards season push.
In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Fifty miles north of London lies Bletchley Park, a railway town during World War II that had few, if any, sights to recommend it. It was here, to a rundown estate on the other side of the tracks, that 19-year-old Mavis Batey was dispatched in the spring...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Dr. Alan Turing, the World War II-era British codebreaker who is often said to be the father of the modern computer, received a posthumous royal pardon Tuesday, close to 60 years after he committed suicide.
The pardon’s announcement comes during...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:18 PM
It's tempting to view Alan Turing as Britain's analogue to America's J. Robert Oppenheimer. Two certified scientific war heroes of the '40s, pilloried by their governments in the '50s for supposed offenses totally unrelated to their wartime service, in...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas.
No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 6:30 PM
In a major Berlin sale, the Weinstein Co. has bought U.S. rights to Alan Turing drama "The Imitation Game," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring, for $7 million.
Morten Tyldum ("Headhunters") directed the project, based on the life...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Though not billed as such, a kind of battle royal occurred Friday night in Echo Park. Pitting man versus machine, human hands versus electric circuits, eardrum-massaging bass tones versus mesmerizing, interlocked beats, the duel played out before a...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 11:13 AM
While you were making your Yuletide gay in the last seven days, Nigeria and Uganda passed legislation to strengthen already-on-the-books laws criminalizing homosexuality.
Ugandan lawmakers last Friday passed legislation that would imprison for life...
| Dec 27, 2013
Re "The umpteenth fix," Editorial, Dec. 24
The Times writes, "We only wish Congress was more engaged in making the law work rather than battling endlessly to make it go away."
Lawmakers and their concerted efforts to drag down the Obama administration...
| Dec 27, 2013
Re "Making the Rim fire worse," Editorial, Dec. 24
The emotional need to make the black go away after a wildfire, in addition to financial incentives, lead to counterproductive actions such as salvage logging, massive tree-planting projects and...