The novel personal massage gadget is still on schedule for release. Plus: Good Vibrations bus ads shake up San Jose, California. In Sex Drive Daily.
Ordinary People Have Best Ideas
A contest awards $100,000 to an average Joe for his scheme to impose a polluter tax and spend the revenue on local renewable energy and restoration. By David Cohn.
How to Code a Constitution
Circuit Court » Maintaining a stable democracy is like building a secure computer -- taking the wrong shortcuts can only lead to catastrophe. Commentary by Jennifer Granick.
No Opinions? No Problem
alt.text » Five foolproof tips help you fake it on message boards. Commentary by Lore Sjöberg.
Roll Your Own Ringtone
MIT promotes a free version of its Hyperscore music composition software for creating short spots -- perfect for cell-phone ringtones. U2's Edge judged a recent competition of the miniature pieces. By Mark Anderson.
Nostalgia for Mud
iMomus » Periods of affluence are followed by a yearning for the simple and primitive. Is this why trendy new real estate in Tokyo features an outside bathroom? Listen to this column in MP3. Commentary by Momus.
Science Puts Enron E-Mail to Use
Researchers in fields as diverse as spam fighting and information flow find gold in the unfiltered mass of Enron e-mail made public by regulators. Who says nothing good comes from giant corporate scandals? By Ryan Singel.
Sometimes There Is a Free Lunch
Games Without Frontiers » Aching to see the weird new forms of gameplay? Check out the burgeoning world of free indie titles lurking online. Commentary by Clive Thompson.
Battered Beaches Get Sand Implant
Cancun's ritzy resorts lose their luster as hurricanes thrash the land, but "beach nourishment" plans offer sandy salvation. The initiatives might bring tourists back, but at what cost? By Eliza Barclay.
Microsoft Tricks Hacker Into Jail
A company sting operation earns a Connecticut man two years in prison for selling secret Windows source code for $20 after it leaked onto the internet. By Kevin Poulsen.
Rants 'n' Raves: Mixed Bag
We've pulled the best and bitterest e-mails from our inbox to show you how your comments make us laugh and cry on a daily basis. Here's what a few of you had to say about some of our recent stories.
Crime Is OK, but Sex Isn't
The makers of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is sued by the L.A. city attorney. Not for the excessive violence that makes the game notorious, but for the hidden sex "game within a game" that threatens to undermine the morals of America's youth.
How Do My Genitals Look Today?
Sex Drive » If you're feeling displeased with your most private parts, surgeons can swoop to the rescue and ease your obsession. Ew. Commentary by Regina Lynn.
Sundance: The Good, Bad and Ugly
The film festival serves up a cornucopia of both gripe- and gawk-worthy technology this year. Here's a roundup of the highlights (and horrors). Jason Silverman reports from Park City, Utah.