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1962 Alcatraz escape was survivable, scientists show how

A famous prison-break mystery gets a new wrinkle as scientists examine a hydraulic model that gives the escapees a brief window for a survivable run.

By December 16, 2014


Dissident artist's Lego portraits of injustice do time on Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei creates an elaborate series of installations for display on Alcatraz, even though he's forbidden from traveling outside China and has never been to the notorious prison site.

By November 18, 2014


At Alcatraz prison, Lego portraits fight for freedom (pictures)

At the site of a notorious federal penitentiary, renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei uses an unlikely material, 1.2 million Lego bricks, to highlight the global reality of political detainment.

12 Images By November 18, 2014


The newest stuff to watch on Amazon and free shows on iTunes

The "Star Wars" saga hits digital stores for the first time and Amazon Prime Instant Video has pumped up its catalog.

By April 9, 2015


Phone cases with a conscience feature faces of political prisoners

Artist Ai Weiwei's Lego portraits of those who've been silenced, imprisoned or exiled because of their beliefs inspire a new line of iPhone cases, with part of the proceeds going to Amnesty International.

By February 19, 2015


Mattel's View-Master gets a Google VR makeover

The stereoscopic toy leaps into the 21st century as Google scopes out uses for its Cardboard virtual-reality tech.

By February 13, 2015


Trapped in the Time Travel Lab: My puzzling Sunday

Wear comfortable shoes. Pen and paper will be provided. Crave contributor Kelsey Adams explains how she became trapped forever in a spatiotemporal distortion, and maybe so could you!

By March 11, 2014


Cyclist bikes across SF Bay, no bridge required

Next up in his quest to turn "aquatic biking" into a global phenomenon, BayCycle Project founder Judah Schiller will cross the Hudson on a bike fixed to a portable flotation device.

By October 2, 2013


Let's build a statue of Steve Jobs bigger than Statue of Liberty!

An Indiegogo campaign arises, its goal to build a statue of Apple's co-founder somewhere in the Bay Area. But who's behind it?

By August 16, 2013


Xbox overdose makes home-arrest prisoner beg for jail

A New Zealand man nearing the end of home detention sentence just can't stand another day with his Xbox, so he asks the police to take him to jail.

By June 6, 2013