Thousands Of FBI Documents About Civil Rights Era Destroyed By Flooding

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of COINTELPRO, a major FBI operation to "expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize" hate organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan. It's just been revealed that many crucial questions about that period will remain forever unanswered, due to archival neglect. » 9/16/14 1:48pm Yesterday 1:48pm

Americans Are Now More Concerned About Terrorism Than Civil Liberties

The polls have spoken: Americans are afraid, again. 47% believe the U.S. is less safe than it was before the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, up from 28% last year. And concerns about protecting civil liberties have dropped from 47% to 35%. But will this change in mood last? And how will it impact the midterm elections? » 9/16/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

Graham Joyce's Brilliant Novel About Being Haunted By The Class System

Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story. » 9/15/14 4:36pm Monday 4:36pm

With Part III, Atlas Shrugged Becomes An Awesome, Torrid Romance

Like The Hobbit, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was too awesome to adapt as just one movie. And now at last, the movie trilogy is complete. And the third movie is by far the most entertaining, because it focuses on the torrid romance between railroad genius Dagny Taggart and the dreamy, lion-coiffed John Galt. Spoilers… » 9/12/14 2:51pm Friday 2:51pm

National Science Foundation Researcher Fired For Political Activism

Valerie Barr, a professor of computer science at Union College, decided last summer to take a leave of absence to join the National Science Foundation and help improve science education among undergraduates. But when a background check revealed her involvement in left-wing groups 30 years ago, she was told to leave. » 9/11/14 6:00pm Thursday 6:00pm

Congressional Hearing Slams Feasibility Of Commercial Asteroid Mining

Two congressmen recently introduced the ASTEROIDS Act, which would grant property rights to companies seeking to mine the asteroid belt. Yesterday, the House Space Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill, where expert testimony bluntly told Congress the private sector is not up to the task of mining in space. » 9/11/14 9:40am Thursday 9:40am

Russia Is Building a Star Fort on This Strategic Arctic Island

For decades, Wrangel Island has been classified as a nature preserve. Situated in the icy Chukchi Sea which flows between the Russian and Alaskan coasts, this quiet, hilly island is now home to a rapidly-growing Russian military base comprised of "prefabricated modules" arranged in a star formation. » 9/09/14 11:13am 9/09/14 11:13am