Can Embassies Be Secure Without Looking Like Scary Bunkers?

Over the last 15 years, every embassy that the U.S. has built around the world looks like a fortress—an eyesore in cities and a not-so-friendly message to foreigners. So, architects who are building our new London embassy hope to prove that aesthetics and security can co-exist. It's an idea that's sparked some… » 6/27/14 5:00pm 6/27/14 5:00pm

China Is Pretty Much the World's Biggest Little Mermaid Fan

So China — as in, the People’s Republic of — is really into the Little Mermaid, and not that saccharine Disney cartoon we feed our tumescent American children. The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale is apparently a huge deal in China, so much so that Denmark has been able to establish a strong diplomatic relationship… » 8/25/13 3:00pm 8/25/13 3:00pm

Once we find extraterrestrial intelligence, how long will it take us to…

It seems too cruel to believe we're the only technologically advanced species in the cosmos. We couldn't possibly be the only ones, with so many stars and so many habitable planets out there. » 4/13/11 3:30pm 4/13/11 3:30pm