It Should Be Legal To Hack Your DNA

A group of geneticists has called for a moratorium on research into modifying heritable human DNA — a practice that could lead to so-called "designer babies." But as scientists consider this drastic proposal, they should also recognize the potential benefits this technology could afford – and the risks of an outright… » 3/24/15 4:00pm Tuesday 4:00pm

The Most Deadly American Landslide Was Strangely Normal

The landslide in March of this year that buried the community of Oso, Washington killed 43 people. That makes it the deadliest landslide in American history, and yet it happened in almost totally unremarkable circumstances. So, what happened and can we do to reduce the risk of future landslides? » 7/23/14 6:10pm 7/23/14 6:10pm

Snoopy the Astrobeagle, NASA's Mascot for Safety

After the Apollo 1 fire, NASA needed to rebuild its devastated Apollo program. They approached Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, for permission to use Snoopy as their mascot for safety. He agreed, and Snoopy set off on safety-conscious mission to the Moon. » 5/03/14 2:08pm 5/03/14 2:08pm

Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead (Oso) Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

How Drinking Caffeine Could Save Your Life

An Australian study has shown that long distance drivers who drink caffeinated beverages, like coffee or energy drinks, are at a decreased risk of getting into vehicle accidents compared to those who don’t. And the difference isn’t small. Drivers hopped up on caffeine have a 63% reduced chance of crashing. » 3/21/13 9:00am 3/21/13 9:00am

A homemade Game of Thrones Risk board! (Incest not included)

In my experience, Risk is a board game that erodes friendships (only slightly more quickly than Settlers of Catan) and has the power to bring an wintry silence over the room (Settlers is the harbinger of yelling). » 8/17/12 2:25pm 8/17/12 2:25pm

Why being a cowardly workaholic can actually make you live longer

Feel good about yourself, don't work too hard, and don't worrying too's all good advice, but they're not actually going to help you live any longer. That's the counterintuitive finding of a 20-year study examining how personality affects longevity. » 3/13/11 1:00pm 3/13/11 1:00pm

Plan Your Conquest of the Island with the Risk "Lost" Edition

There have been over a dozen editions of the popular strategy game Risk, covering franchises from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars to Transformers. There isn't a Lost version yet, so one fan went ahead and made his own. » 10/08/09 4:30pm 10/08/09 4:30pm

Lost: Ben and Widmore Play a Game of Risk

Lost returned last night after a five-week break at a new later time with an action-packed (maybe a little too much so) episode. In the words of my Lost-loving friend Karen, Ben and Widmore are playing a giant game of Risk, as they fight their own personal war around the world and throughout time. But more about that… » 4/25/08 1:20pm 4/25/08 1:20pm