Lead Poisoning Has Become A Serious Health Threat At Shooting Ranges

Business is booming for gun ranges in the U.S., where 40 million Americans per year engage in recreational shooting. But when shooters use lead-based ammunition, they spread vapor and toxins that have made thousands of people ill. Federal and state regulators are doing little to ensure that ranges are kept clean. » 10/23/14 8:40am Thursday 8:40am

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 9:08am 10/16/14 9:08am

The Pentagon's New Climate Change Report Won't Change A Damn Thing

A report released by the Defense Department warns that climate change threatens to intensify global instability, disease and poverty, while undermining U.S. military readiness. But judging from the events of the past year, Congress will not only disregard the report's findings, but actively block its recommendations. » 10/14/14 9:00am 10/14/14 9:00am

The GOP Intensifies Its Attacks On The National Science Foundation

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Science Committee on Science, Space and Technology has repeatedly denounced the National Science Foundation for squandering taxpayer money on frivolous research. Now he's gone a step further, demanding personal political scrutiny of peer-reviewed research grants. » 10/13/14 12:12pm 10/13/14 12:12pm

From AIDS to Ebola, Why Is Global Health Security Failing?

Amid news that the number of Ebola cases had reached more than 6,000 in West Africa, public health and international security experts from around the world gathered in Washington, DC last week for a candid discussion of how the global community failed to contain the disease—and what lessons still needed to be learned. » 10/07/14 12:10pm 10/07/14 12:10pm

Here's What Happens When Evangelical Christians Debate Science

The stereotype of Evangelical Christians is that they are anti-science, and therefore don't believe in climate change. But in fact, they are deeply divided over environmental issues. A debate over climate change is raging in Evangelical churches, fueled by conflicting interpretations of Biblical scripture. » 10/06/14 11:32am 10/06/14 11:32am

Why Did The Doctor Start Eating Meat Again On Doctor Who?

The Doctor doesn't make too many major life decisions on Doctor Who. He's like Batman or Captain Kirk: Any character development will probably get rolled back at some point. But it's still kind of sad that one of his few great changes of heart(s) has been undone: his turn to vegetarianism. » 10/03/14 1:01am 10/03/14 1:01am