A world map of average life expectancy by country. How does your nation…

Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world's countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens. » 11/28/12 2:46pm 11/28/12 2:46pm

Levels of greenhouse gases are worse than the worst-case scenarios from…

According to a report published today by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), greenhouses gas levels in Earth's atmosphere have reached a record high. What's more, the report indicates that the rate of that increase shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, it's accelerating. » 11/21/11 12:31pm 11/21/11 12:31pm

Meet Mazlan Othman, the United Nations ambassador to extraterrestrials

The United Nations has appointed Earth's ambassador should aliens touch down in the near future. Their selection? Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, who heads the UN's Office for Outer Space Affairs. UPDATE: Boo! It was a hoax. » 9/26/10 1:45pm 9/26/10 1:45pm

UN Could Unleash Human Clones on the World Next Year

Anti-cloning advocates may want to keep their pitchforks at the ready. A United Nations bioethics committee is taking a second look at the UN’s current cloning policy, which condemns all possible forms of human cloning. Could the UN be on track to relax its views on cloning, or is it looking to ban the practice for… » 10/15/08 8:40am 10/15/08 8:40am