Will Obama's second term free him to take bold action on climate change?

The election results indicate it's a win for Obama — but is it a win for climate science? Maybe. Will it be a more central piece of an Obama presidency than a Romney one? Most definitely. Romney's willingness to mock sea level rise (here's the soundbite, in case you somehow missed it being played on repeat in the… »11/07/12 11:00am

Most Americans would rather have Barack Obama in the White House during an alien invasion

American's have finally agreed on something in politics: Obama is the guy we want to fight off alien invaders. A new poll, sponsored by the National Geographic Channel, shows that 65 percent of Americans believe that Obama would be better at fighting aliens than Mitt Romney. And since 36 percent of respondents… »6/28/12 3:00pm

Here's Barack Obama flashing the Vulcan salute with the original Lieutenant Uhura

When actress Nichelle Nichols stopped by the White House in February, she managed to score the ultimate photo op — the Commander-in-Chief brandishing Mr. Spock's iconic salute. Serving as the Enterprise's chief communications officer definitely opens doors. Nichols also stopped by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center »4/04/12 8:20am

Conservatives Deeply Outraged by Science Fiction Story From 1992

Derrick Bell's story "The Space Traders" is one of science fiction's scariest thought experiments — because of what it reveals about human nature. It's a misanthropic tale in which aliens arrive on Earth and offer America the solution to all our problems, in exchange for all of our black people. For Bell, who spent… »3/08/12 6:30pm

You are biologically wired to disagree with [insert political ideology here]

Evidence continues to mount that your political leanings are determined, to some extent, by aspects of your biology. The latest installment in this emerging area of research comes from the University of Nebraska, in a study that looks at peoples' responses to certain forms of visual stimuli — politically themed or… »1/26/12 11:05am