House Representative Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has put forward a bill that will require retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying a prepaid cellphone.
Last month, scientists at a UN conference delivered a sobering warning: To prevent catastrophic warming of the planet, we must reduce all carbon emissions to zero by the end of the 21st century. Today, the Obama administration announced its plan to get there.
It is the year 2015, and there are still people, including elected officials, who can't hang with the number 666. Because of Satan.
For 17 years, James Doyle was a nuclear policy specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then he wrote an article that made the case for getting rid of nuclear weapons. After that, his computer was seized, he was accused of releasing classified information, and then he was fired. What happened?
The Veterans Affairs scandal. The Obamacare website launch. The response to Hurricane Katrina. Government seems to be getting more and more incompetent — and now, new data supports that perception. In the past three decades, the average number of epic fails has grown from 1.6 to 3.0 per year. What's going on here?
America is fighting a war against a formidable foe. After years of looking for a weapon to achieve victory, researchers have decided to repel the invaders with powerful water guns.
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.
When there's a "human wildlife conflict," the US Department of Agriculture's "Wildlife Services" gets called in to take care of the problem. In 2013, that resulted in the death of more than 4 million animals.
Newly updated census data reveals dramatic inequalities in public school spending across the U.S. The nine states in the Northeast all rank among the top 15 states by per-pupil spending. Of the 20 states spending the least, 18 are in either the South or West.
Can a facility that has inspired global conspiracy theories be designated a World Heritage Site? If so, that might be the only way to prevent the shutdown of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska, which studies the ionosphere—or creates lethal hurricanes—depending on whom you talk to.
Roughly 90% of scientists in a recent survey said that scientists and policymakers don't communicate enough. But only about 60% said they were sure of the names of their elected federal representatives. What explains this paradox?
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.
Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes watching C-Span (before falling asleep) knows that passing laws can be a drawn out, excruciating process. This data vis tool called the Legislative Explorer reveals exactly how insane this process can really be.
Government researchers must have a Batman fetish. Perhaps that explains why so many have named their projects after him—it's federally-funded cosplay. The question is why this odd bunch of projects bear the Dark Knight's name.
A lot of the most bizarre and invasive surveillance technologies that the U.S. government uses to track its citizens are not secret. In fact, you can find out about a lot of these projects as they're being developed, just by knowing what to search for on U.S. government websites.
A month ago, Riot Games said it had gotten the U.S. government to include eSports contestants under the visa policy that allows professional athletes from other countries to visit for purposes of competition. The first such visa has been awarded, to a Canadian League of Legends star.
Earlier this week, the US House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on asteroid defense. With the Russian asteroid strike fresh in the public's mind, it was a good time to discuss how prepared we are for the next incoming space rock.
Everybody hates atheists. One recent study found that atheists are trusted about as much as rapists — or maybe even less. Why do people find atheists so untrustworthy? Maybe it's because they don't believe there's an all-seeing judge monitoring their actions.
Democracies are built are the idea of citizens selecting their representatives in government, but what if we chose some of our politicians at random? We'd certainly cut down on those obnoxious political ads and robo-calls, and, according to a new study, our governments might actually run more efficiently.