If you thought the US government’s ability to spy on its citizens had languished of late, think again.
It's a historic day for the internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just passed the strongest net neutrality rules in this country's history. This is great news! But let me repeat: The battle for net neutrality is still not over. In a sense, the real battle begins now.
It is the year 2015, and there are still people, including elected officials, who can't hang with the number 666. Because of Satan.
A controversial bill that seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by individual U.S. states was the subject of a hearing held yesterday by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Amid the testimonies, one key question emerged time and again: Are genetically modified foods "natural"?
A bill has been introduced in the House to study the "Stockman Effect," which stipulates that changes in Earth's magnetic field could impact global temperature. But no record of a Stockman Effect exists in scientific literature, since, it seems, the term was invented by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX).
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) is now chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. His Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center, so he's enthusiastic about NASA—and he's especially excited about a mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa.
Stephen Colbert hasn't quite jumped on the very popular "arrest climate-change deniers" bandwagon yet, but he proved last night that he's ready to go as far as "mock climate-change deniers mercilessly."
Over the last five years, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has published an annual Wastebook, documenting what he considers the 100 most wasteful federal projects. This year he got a lot of media mileage by ridiculing several science grants—which, in fact, were among the cheapest and most worthwhile projects on his hit list.
Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Science Committee on Science, Space and Technology has repeatedly denounced the National Science Foundation for squandering taxpayer money on frivolous research. Now he's gone a step further, demanding personal political scrutiny of peer-reviewed research grants.
Sometimes the most exhilarating science fiction movies feel kind of hallucinogenic, or logic-resistant. And if you enjoy a trippy journey into wackness, then you should definitely check out The Congress, in theaters today and already available on demand. Spoilers ahead...
Ever since members of Congress got busted for rewriting Wikipedia articles in 2006, anonymous editors of the online encyclopedia on Capitol Hill have become more circumspect. But the days of under-the-radar editing are over, with a new bot that monitors each and every change in real time.
What happens to Robin Wright from The Princess Bride when she gets too old to be an ingenue? Find out, in this wonderfully sardonic clip from The Congress, the new movie from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman — exclusively at io9.
Three months ago, the White House halted construction on a plutonium recycling facility where gross mismanagement had led to lengthy delays and billions of dollars of added expenses. Yet, this week, the House approved $345 million to continue building the plant, which will produce nuclear fuel that nobody wants.
Despite military downsizing, the White House has previously shielded science research at the Department of Defense from budget cuts. But this year, the administration requested a 6.9% reduction. That has universities worried since they receive 10% of their federal research funding from the Pentagon.
This new trailer for The Congress goes much deeper into the surreal world that was adapted from Stainlaw Lem's The Futurological Congress. We had no idea there was a whole other future dystopia hiding in this feature!
Yesterday, SETI astrobiologists told the U.S. Congress there's "close to a 100% chance" that aliens exist, adding that we might detect signs of life in 20 years. But things went south when the floor opened up for questions.
In 1995, Congressional Republicans shut down the Office of Technology Assessment. For 23 years, this agency had published reports that provided legislators with nonpartisan analyses of science and technology issues. Last week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) tried to reopen the agency with minimal funding.
Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced new legislation to push military operations to be more energy efficient and rely less on fossil fuels. Their goal, they say, is not only to save money for spending elsewhere in the Pentagon's budget, but to reduce the need for fuel convoys and reduce troops' exposure to harm.
This year is all about the book adaptation. Game of Thrones, Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures and World War Z (sort of) were all books first! So here is our extensive guide to just about every movie and TV series turning your favorite book into a live-action wonder. Get out your reading lists so you too can say "the…