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 Tuesday 7:20am

​House Passes A Bill That Restricts Scientists From Advising The EPA

By a vote of 229-191, the House has just passed a GOP-sponsored bill to ensure that a more "balanced panel of experts" will advise the Environmental Protection Agency. But critics say it will reduce the participation of independent scientists in favor of those with financial ties to industry. » 11/20/14 9:00am 11/20/14 9:00am

Gorbachev Tried To Get George Bush To Spoil Who Killed Laura Palmer

Twin Peaks can add another fanatic to its long list of obsessed fans, one Mikhail Gorbachev. In fact, the former President of the Soviet Union was so into Twin Peaks he tried to get U.S. President George H. W. Bush to pressure David Lynch into revealing who killed Laura Palmer. Lynch declined, obviously. » 11/17/14 12:25pm 11/17/14 12:25pm

Behind the Campaign To Purge Textbooks of "Pro-Muslim Bias" in Texas

Science groups have been working to prevent the Texas State Board of Education from adopting controversial textbooks that misrepresent climate change. But now another organization has joined the fray, demanding extensive edits in science, geography and history textbooks to purge them of "pro-Muslim" bias. » 11/12/14 3:20pm 11/12/14 3:20pm

This Satirical Comic Imagines Egypt In 3014, And Nothing Has Improved

Back in the 1990s, kids in Egypt thrilled to a series of science fiction novellas called The Future File by Dr. Nabil Farouk, which depicted an optimistic vision of a future Egypt. Now a cartoonist named Sherif Adel has created a satirical version called Pass By Tomorrow, in which the future Egypt is much the same as… » 11/10/14 7:16pm 11/10/14 7:16pm

You Shouldn't Be Surprised that Obama Supports Net Neutrality

During his tenure in office, Obama has earned a reputation for hemming and hawing. But there was no sign of that in the video he released today, where he came down hard in favor of net neutrality and gave ISPs the presidential middle finger. Why now? Because it's a rare no-lose scenario for the White House. » 11/10/14 1:40pm 11/10/14 1:40pm

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

What The Elections Tell Us About The Future Of Marijuana Legalization

While voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia passed measures in favor of legalizing pot, Florida rejected the use of medical marijuana. The various campaigns and their outcomes offer valuable insights into the politics of pot, now that 17.5 million Americans live in states that permit retail marijuana. » 11/06/14 8:40am 11/06/14 8:40am

Here Is What Real Online Civil Disobedience Looks Like

Internet politics aren't just about trolling and doxxing. In new book The Coming Swarm, internet researcher Molly Sauter takes us into the secret history of civil disobedience online, and reveals a world where people fight for justice, without hashtags or personal glory. These activists do it because they believe in… » 11/04/14 12:55pm 11/04/14 12:55pm

Your Brain's Reaction To Gross Images Can Predict Your Political Views

Past studies have shown that people who self-identify as politically conservative are more likely to experience involuntary physiological responses to disgusting images. Now, researchers have taken things a step further by using brain scans to predict test subjects' political leanings with freakishly high accuracy. » 10/30/14 12:25pm 10/30/14 12:25pm