How A Group Of Brits Changed The World By Changing Science In The 1970s

There's a smell in Battersea, south-west London something to do with local coffee roasters. But in the early 1970s, the area was very different economically, and the stink wasn't nearly so pleasant. Described at the time as "like dead bodies," it was known as "The Battersea Smell." » 2/08/15 12:45pm 2/08/15 12:45pm

Why Science Fiction Is An Essential Tool For The Post-Ferguson World

Science fiction provides a unique toolkit for imagining how societies could be constructed differently — and for seeing how the structures that seem natural and inevitable to us are actually unnatural, says Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of a new anthology of radical science fiction called Octavia's Brood. » 12/30/14 12:20pm 12/30/14 12:20pm

Harsh Reality Break: 234 Girls Kidnapped from Physics Test (Updated)

Warning: this is a horrible story. 234 young women were abducted from a physics test in Nigeria, specifically to keep them from getting an education. Nothing is being done to find them. Collective public outrage is the only tool that can possibly get a search started. Updates at the bottom. » 4/26/14 1:46pm 4/26/14 1:46pm