Net Neutrality Wins: What Now?

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. » 2/26/15 1:28pm 2/26/15 1:28pm

Congressman Demands Number Change For Bill Labeled "666"

It is the year 2015, and there are still people, including elected officials, who can't hang with the number 666. Because of Satan. » 2/05/15 6:00pm 2/05/15 6:00pm

The Congressional Debate Over What Makes Food "Natural"

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"? » 12/11/14 9:00am 12/11/14 9:00am

A Congressman Has Named A Climate Change Denial Theory After Himself

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). » 11/25/14 7:20am 11/25/14 7:20am

A Change In Congress Has Increased The Chances Of A Europa Mission

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. » 11/21/14 3:07pm 11/21/14 3:07pm

Stephen Colbert Calls Out "I'm Not a Scientist" Climate-Change Deniers

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." » 11/07/14 5:17pm 11/07/14 5:17pm

The Biggest Lies About Science in the U.S. Government's "Wastebook"

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. » 11/07/14 11:00am 11/07/14 11:00am

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

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. » 10/16/14 9:08am 10/16/14 9:08am

The GOP Intensifies Its Attacks On The National Science Foundation

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. » 10/13/14 12:12pm 10/13/14 12:12pm

The Congress Is Your New Favorite Acid Trip

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... » 8/29/14 9:00am 8/29/14 9:00am

Congress Is Still Editing Wikipedia a Lot -- Here's How We Know

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. » 7/15/14 9:29am 7/15/14 9:29am

Once, She Was Princess Buttercup. Now, She's Only Fit To Be Digitized.

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. » 7/11/14 10:56am 7/11/14 10:56am

Congress Funds Plutonium Plant That Every Sane Person Wants Shut Down

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. » 6/13/14 1:20pm 6/13/14 1:20pm

How Cuts in the Pentagon Science Budget Will Hurt Basic Research

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. » 6/11/14 7:40am 6/11/14 7:40am

Trailer For Stanislaw Lem's The Congress Explains The Beautiful Madness

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! » 5/27/14 7:50am 5/27/14 7:50am

Congress Asked Some Really Weird Questions at the Alien Life Hearing

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. » 5/22/14 12:20pm 5/22/14 12:20pm

A Key Reason Why U.S. Politicians Don't Understand Science

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. » 5/12/14 4:09pm 5/12/14 4:09pm

With Great Military Power Comes the Need for Great Energy Efficiency

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. » 5/01/14 1:40pm 5/01/14 1:40pm

All the books getting turned into movies & TV shows over the next year

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… » 7/04/13 12:00pm 7/04/13 12:00pm

Why don’t Americans elect scientists to office?

Back in August of 2011, the New York Times published an interactive feature titled If I Were President. The Times ran the opinions of 12 respondents in total, including astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — director of the Hayden Planetarium and one of the most compelling science communicators of our time. » 2/15/12 9:15am 2/15/12 9:15am