A Great Way to Listen to Those Mysterious "Number Stations"

For decades, shortwave radio enthusiasts have been stumbling upon mysterious stations that broadcast a looping noise, such as a nursery rhyme, occasionally punctuated by someone reading a string of numbers. The most popular theory is that these are coded messages—and now, an online shortwave radio lets you listen in. » 7/15/14 3:06pm 7/15/14 3:06pm

The Secret U.S. Government Program to Hook Spy Photos From Space

The early space age is marked by Soviet accomplishments — the first satellites, the first living being launched into orbit, and the first human in space to name just a few. But there was one very important technological first secured by the United States in 1960. America was the first nation to safely recover a… » 8/13/13 8:45am 8/13/13 8:45am

RED 2 is a classic example of an inferior sequel

RED was a fun little movie, that was worth watching just for Bruce Willis being Batman, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich acting silly and above all Helen Mirren kicking ass in high heels. RED 2 struggles to recapture the magic of the original, but it's a perfect example of a sequel that doesn't have a good reason to… » 7/19/13 11:20am 7/19/13 11:20am

The Truth About the Culper Ring, the First U.S. Spy Family — and the …

Agent 355, a vital character in the DC series Y: The Last Man, claims to be a member of the clandestine (and centuries old) spy organization, the Culper Ring. And it turns out there really was such an organization — and it began in the 18th century, under the orders of George Washington. There was even a real-life… » 12/31/12 11:19am 12/31/12 11:19am

Steampunk Spy-Fi: Real-life gadgets perfect for a Victorian Era James…

What if the majesty of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was Queen Victoria? We might not have had the same type of Cold War gadgetry that made Ian Fleming's novels and the James Bond films, but the 19th century had its own brand of wonderful toys. Here are a handful of gadgets and tools the steampunk spy might want to… » 11/10/12 11:00am 11/10/12 11:00am

The Americans: Awesome New Spy Series, or Homeland for Morons?

This first trailer for FX series The Americans has us scratching our heads. That's a lot of good and a lot of bad crammed into one 30 second spot. The good news is, it's starring Keri Russell (Felicity) and set in the 1980s, so that should be fun. The bad news is, it kind of feels like Homeland for idiots. » 11/08/12 11:43am 11/08/12 11:43am

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About James Bond

You don't know all the secrets of James Bond. The swashbuckling, cocktail-sipping superspy has spent over 50 years as a cultural phenomenon, defeating plans for world destruction and riding on insane vehicles — and along the way, he's had more than his fair share of weird stories and strange interludes. Now that he's… » 11/08/12 10:12am 11/08/12 10:12am

This rock could spy on you for decades

America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized sensors, developed for the American military, will remain littered across the Afghan countryside — detecting anyone who moves nearby and reporting… » 5/29/12 8:20am 5/29/12 8:20am

Behold, Calvin and Hobbes All Grown Up — and Fighting an Evil Winnie…

Ever wonder what Calvin and Hobbes would look like as adults? One particularly inspired vision pits Christopher Robin and his friendly bear against our favorite comic-strip characters, in an eternal battle between good and evil. Take a look at the evil Dr. Christopher Robin and his nefarious Pooh creature, versus the… » 12/28/11 8:30am 12/28/11 8:30am

Every crazy CIA plot you've heard of originated with one man

There are stories that have come to light, over the years, that make the Central Intelligence Agency look like a collection of Looney Tunes shorts. The violence, the slapstick, and the over-the-top ridiculousness of the experiments that have been conducted over the years boggle the mind. They came from the… » 9/08/11 1:03pm 9/08/11 1:03pm

Spy Kids 4 is the 21st century equivalent of The Children's Crusade

Despite my elementary school diploma, I loved Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Why? It's a chilling examination of an alternate reality in which children have become fellow travelers in global espionage, a parallel universe where Langley is run like Willy Wonka's candy-colored calorie mill. Like Ender's Game mixed… » 8/20/11 12:25pm 8/20/11 12:25pm