No, Your Family's Name Was Not Changed At Ellis Island

There is a persistent story in a lot of American families that their last name was changed at Ellis Island, garbled by an agent who simply wrote it down incorrectly. Now, it's possible that the name really was changed at some point, but it didn't happen at Ellis Island. Here's why. » 1/07/15 9:28am 1/07/15 9:28am

Neal Stephenson Inspired Madeline Ashby To Write This Wild, Clever Tale

Tomorrow sees the publication of Hieroglyph, a book of optimistic science fiction spearheaded by Neal Stephenson's famous call to arms . And we've got an exclusive excerpt from Madeline Ashby's weird, bracing short story, in which she imagines a world without border fences. » 9/08/14 10:30am 9/08/14 10:30am

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) warns that some of the 30,000 children who have crossed illegally into the U.S. from Central America might have Ebola. The U.S. Office of Refugee Settlement says none of the children are infected, which is unsurprising since no one in the Western Hemisphere has ever contracted the disease. » 8/05/14 8:20am 8/05/14 8:20am

Posters encourage you to call immigration on illegal alien superheroes

While many of our favorite superheroes might fight for truth, justice, and the American way, not all of them were born on American soil. In fact, comic books often celebrate the diverse backgrounds of their superheroes, be they aliens from another planet or from just across the border. And one artist thinks it's high… » 9/02/12 8:00am 9/02/12 8:00am

Over-educated immigrants are more accident-prone at work, according to…

Today's example of bizarre correlations comes research from the journal Injury Prevention. Canadian researchers have discovered that overqualified recent immigrants are three times more likely to be injured on the job than their local, less-educated peers. » 7/12/12 3:06pm 7/12/12 3:06pm

In a borderless world, everyone would move to Singapore

Well, not exactly. Yesterday Gallup released updated data detailing where the world's population would relocate if emigration were a non-issue. Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, and the United States were among the big gainers, whereas everyone wants to leave Somalia. » 8/21/10 9:55am 8/21/10 9:55am