io9 Science Survey: Tell Us About Working With Rodents in the Lab

Though scientists and researchers work with animals every day in labs, their experiences are rarely acknowledged or studied. We want to change that, by asking you to take io9's anonymous survey of people who work with rodents for science. Here's why we're doing this, and how you can participate. » 12/09/14 11:48am 12/09/14 11:48am

Why An Appeals Court Was Wrong To Say This Chimp Isn't A Person

Yesterday, a New York appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project seeking legal rights for Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp kept alone in a warehouse. Here's why the judges were wrong — and why that's actually good news in the struggle to recognize nonhuman animal personhood. » 12/05/14 9:20am 12/05/14 9:20am

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