Amy Acker Tells Us The Big Question Of Person Of Interest Season 4

Person of Interest just ended its fall season with a hell of a cliffhanger. What happens next? We won't know until January 6, when the next episode airs. But Amy Acker, who plays Root, tells us that episode was their most challenging to film. And she also tells us the big question that lies beneath the show's fourth… » 12/19/14 10:55am 12/19/14 10:55am

The Real Story Of Apollo 17... And Why We Never Went Back To The Moon

On December 11, 1972, Apollo 17 touched down on the Moon. This was not only our final Moon landing, but the last time we left Low Earth Orbit. With the successful launch of the Orion capsule, NASA is finally poised to go further again. So it's important to remember how we got to the Moon — and why we stopped going. » 12/12/14 1:44pm 12/12/14 1:44pm

The Tea Party And The Mainstream GOP Have Different Views On Science

On many science and environmental issues, a new study says Republicans and Tea Party supporters stand farther apart than Republicans and Independents. In particular, members of the Tea Party are less likely than the rest of the GOP to accept human evolution and trust scientists for information on climate change. » 12/03/14 7:40am 12/03/14 7:40am

New Report Says Federal Agents Who Transport Nukes Have Anger Issues

The U.S. nuclear weapons program has been plagued by failings such as misplaced weapons, drug abuse and a cheating scandal. And now, the Energy Department's Office of the Inspector General tells us, some federal employees who transport these weapons have engaged in "unsuitable behavior" such as "uncontrolled anger." » 12/01/14 12:20pm 12/01/14 12:20pm

The Top ​Think Tanks Aren't Thinking About Science

It's been 150 years since the U.S. was this politically polarized. We can see the consequences, manifested in government gridlock and media outlets catering to ideological audiences. But this hyper-politicization has also taken its toll on creative thinking within the policy community, particularly on science. » 12/01/14 6:40am 12/01/14 6:40am

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 11/25/14 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