Right Now, It Kinda Sucks To Be A U.S. Organization Named ISIS

In 1993, former UN weapons inspector David Albright founded the Institute for Science and International Security, or ISIS. Lately, Albright's group — which, ironically, works to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to terrorists — is being threatened by people who confuse it with you-know-who. » 9/22/14 9:20am 9/22/14 9:20am

Are The Threats From Synthetic Bioweapons Being Exaggerated?

The advent of synthetic biology and DNA synthesis has raised concern that amateurs will use these technologies to turn pathogens into weapons of mass destruction. But as experts point out, this may be far easier said than done. » 9/19/14 10:30am 9/19/14 10:30am

Americans shouldn't panic about speculation that ISIS is planning an imminent terrorist attack in the U.S., advises the Truman National Security Project. Despite alarmist reports, the main concern is not a coordinated attack, but that a "lone wolf" sympathizer within the U.S. might act on their own. » 8/29/14 1:20pm 8/29/14 1:20pm

How Wildlife Decline Leads to Slavery and Terrorism

The harvest of wild animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet's human population with a livelihood. It's the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It's also led to piracy, slavery, and terrorism. » 7/25/14 5:44pm 7/25/14 5:44pm

Is Congress About to Reduce Funding for Bioterrorism Vaccines?

In 2004, Congress passed the Project BioShield Act—a ten-year, $5.6 billion fund for purchasing vaccines to use in the event of a bioterrorist attack. But, faced with budget constraints and perceptions of a decreased terrorist threat, Congress is having second thoughts about how it funds the program. » 6/27/14 1:20pm 6/27/14 1:20pm

ISIS has become quite adept at employing social-media strategies that spread and control its message. One of its more successful ventures is an Arabic-language Twitter app called The Dawn of Glad Tidings, designed to inflate its online reach without triggering Twitter's spam-detection algorithms. » 6/17/14 11:21am 6/17/14 11:21am

Congress Funds Plutonium Plant That Every Sane Person Wants Shut Down

Three months ago, the White House halted construction on a plutonium recycling facility where gross mismanagement had led to lengthy delays and billions of dollars of added expenses. Yet, this week, the House approved $345 million to continue building the plant, which will produce nuclear fuel that nobody wants. » 6/13/14 1:20pm 6/13/14 1:20pm

How Soccer Security Is Creating the Surveillance State

International mega-events like the FIFA World Cup require increasingly expensive, high-tech security. It's not just the financial burden that's become worrisome. When the games are over, the host country will still possess the tech—which may have lasting repercussions for the privacy of its citizens. » 6/12/14 4:03pm 6/12/14 4:03pm

Why Are Countries Still Using Fake Bomb Detectors?

Earlier this week, a group of 10 militants armed with guns and grenades entered Karachi's Jinnah international airport, where they killed 28 people and themselves. Reports suggest they managed to get past security because the airport continues to use a bomb detector exposed as a fraud in 2010. » 6/12/14 9:40am 6/12/14 9:40am

Helium-3 Shortage Threatens Our Ability To Detect Radioactive Bombs

Most news stories about Helium-3 discuss its potential as a future energy source, due to its abundance on the Moon's surface. But, here on Earth, it's a rare substance that's getting rarer. And that worries the Pentagon, which uses Helium-3 as a key ingredient in equipment to detect nuclear smuggling. » 6/04/14 11:50am 6/04/14 11:50am

Our National Security Is Threatened By Computers That Can't Spell

A report published two weeks ago by the House Homeland Security Committee revealed that Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been detained before the attack — if he had spelled his name differently. » 4/08/14 7:20am 4/08/14 7:20am

How to shelter from fallout after a nuclear attack on your city

Terrorists have detonated a low-yield nuclear warhead in your city. How long should you hide, and where, to avoid the worst effects of radioactive fallout? We talked to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist Michael Dillon to find out. » 1/16/14 1:20pm 1/16/14 1:20pm

There's a 50-50 chance of another 9/11-sized attack within a decade

As we approach the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, we can be grateful that nothing like it has happened since. But that doesn't mean that something very much like 9/11 — or even worse — couldn't happen again. In fact, new research suggests that we may be seriously underestimating the risk of another… » 9/05/12 12:00pm 9/05/12 12:00pm

Could you really trigger a bomb with a decrease in vital signs?

It's the last scene of a film you've waited months to see. The villain makes a smug remark, stating that if his heart stops, a nuclear device in a distant shed will go off. The hero, of course, lowers his gun and pauses. Bomb triggers linked to vital signs often appear in fiction, making for an easy plot devices. But… » 8/17/12 7:00am 8/17/12 7:00am

How close are we to a real-life Person of Interest?

In the television show Person of Interest the Machine uses government surveillance data to predict individuals who will be involved in a crime, whether as a perpetrator or a victim. How close are we to a real-life version of the Machine? Current statistical modeling systems suggest we're not far off. » 4/22/12 10:00am 4/22/12 10:00am

Welcome to Mleeta, Hezbollah's premier tourist trap

Hassan Nasrallah would like to welcome you to Mleeta, one of Lebanon's more unusual tourist destinations. The unsmiling face of Hezbollah's leader greets visitors in a slickly produced 10-minute video shown in a modern theater, telling them: "I'm honored to be with you in this tourist landmark." » 3/27/12 7:00am 3/27/12 7:00am

Bin Laden leads undead terrorists in the explosion-filled Osombie

The biggest issue on tap for the 2012 presidential campaign season? Dealing with zombie terrorists. In the independent horror film Osombie, Osama Bin Laden will emerge from his water grave to convert Afghanistan — and eventually the world — to his zombie fundamentalism. » 2/04/12 1:30pm 2/04/12 1:30pm

Are you pro-technology? If so, you may want to be on the lookout for…

What do you get when you combine a fear of gray goo with a proclivity for Ted Kaczynski-style terrorism? Radicals shipping mail bombs to university professors, that's what. » 12/12/11 12:47pm 12/12/11 12:47pm

Frank Miller slams Occupy Wall Street, becomes a parody of himself

Frank Miller's had an interesting career trajectory. First, he was the guy who pumped out oodles of unimpeachably classic comics. Then he was Hollywood's new golden boy with the success of Sin City and 300. His star began to fade with the missteps that were All-Star Batman and Robin and The Spirit. And now — with the… » 11/13/11 8:00am 11/13/11 8:00am

Frank Miller's Holy Terror isn't just a bad comic — it's a bad…

After five or so years of gestation, the graphic novel that was once titled Holy Terror, Batman! is finally in stores. Was it worth the wait? Goodness, no. » 10/02/11 9:15am 10/02/11 9:15am