It's Time to Destroy Corporate Personhood

The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that recognizes corporations as persons. It's a so-called "legal fiction" that's meant to uphold the rights of groups and to smooth business processes. But it's a dangerous concept that's gone too far — and could endanger social freedoms in the future. » 7/21/14 11:00am 7/21/14 11:00am

Blood Of 2 Million Babies Found In Indiana Warehouse

For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents' consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed. » 7/19/14 2:00pm 7/19/14 2:00pm

Why A "Sex Chip" Could Be Considerably More Trouble Than It's Worth

The ability to trigger feelings of extreme pleasure on-demand is a prospect that's fascinated both scifi writers and scientists for decades. Indeed, the day is coming when we'll be able induce orgasmic-like sensations at the flick of a switch — a prospect with obvious appeal, but with some serious downsides. » 6/05/14 8:00am 6/05/14 8:00am

Scientists Say The Time's Not Right To Eliminate The Smallpox Virus

There's a conference coming up in which a decision is to be made on whether the last known remaining live strains of the smallpox virus should be destroyed. In anticipation of this, an international group of scientists are saying no, arguing that crucial scientific questions about the virus remain unanswered. » 5/02/14 9:20am 5/02/14 9:20am

Researchers Clone Stem Cells From Human Adults

Scientists from South Korea have devised a technique for cloning adult stem cells that doesn't involve the destruction of human embryos. The resulting stem cells, which are highly personalized, could be used to treat illnesses such as heart disease and blindness — but the technique could also be used to clone adults. » 4/18/14 6:00pm 4/18/14 6:00pm

Would you let this woman keep her dead husband's sperm?

In February 2012, Beth Warren's husband Warren Brewer died of a brain tumor. His sperm was stored in 2005, prior to radiotherapy, and Brewer made it clear that his wife could use the samples following his death. Now, legal regulations could prevent Warren from using the samples to conceive a child, should she choose… » 12/04/13 8:50am 12/04/13 8:50am

Biologists Deliberately Hold Back Details on Deadly New Toxin

For the first time in over 40 years, scientists have discovered a new form of the toxin responsible for botulism. But they’re keeping many of the details about it a secret for fear that it could be turned into a deadly bioweapon — prompting some scientists to warn that this action can only hold further research back. » 10/11/13 11:20am 10/11/13 11:20am