Ukraine Is Just The Beginning: Welcome To The Age Of Shadow Wars

Confused about what's been going on between Russia and Ukraine? You're not alone. And that's sort of the point — this conflict serves as a case study in the effectiveness of shadowy, "hybrid" warfare, which is hard to understand from the outside. And the effectiveness of this strategy means it could be the future of… » 3/13/15 10:06am 3/13/15 10:06am

The Largest Solar Plant In The World Is Now Operational

Called Topaz, it's located in San Luis Obispo County, California. The plant recently completed its final 40-megawatt phase, making it the first 500-plus megawatt solar farm to come online in the United States — and the largest online plant in the world. » 11/26/14 2:30pm 11/26/14 2:30pm

Interactive Charts Show Where People In Each US State Were Born

What percentage of people who live in New York were born there? How did the proportion of Californians born outside the country changed over the 20th century? This series of charts offers a peek into the migration history of each US state. » 8/18/14 2:40pm 8/18/14 2:40pm

The Impact of El Niño on North America

The Most Common Language In Each US State—Besides English And Spanish

In 43 of the 50 United States, Spanish is the most commonly spoken language after English. But if we remove Spanish from the mix, which language turns up most in each state? » 5/13/14 2:20pm 5/13/14 2:20pm

The U.S. Gets More Tornadoes Than Anywhere Else In The World. But Why?

Though tornadoes have touched down in almost every country in the world, the greatest number of tornadoes shows up in the United States. And this isn't just coincidence, — there's a scientific explanation for why it happens. » 4/09/14 4:20pm 4/09/14 4:20pm

Americans believe the U.S. is becoming "less powerful" in the world

A recent survey by Pew Research Center reveals that over half of Americans believe that the U.S. is less powerful and prestigious in the world than it was 10 years ago. Is this the beginning of a U.S. decline? » 12/03/13 11:30am 12/03/13 11:30am

The Happiest Places in America

After parsing the results from a recent University of Vermont study of geotagged tweets, the Huffington Post has compiled a map showing just how happy — or unhappy — Americans are according to the state they live in. » 8/05/13 1:20pm 8/05/13 1:20pm

An Interactive Map of Regional American Accents, With Audio

This is the culmination of Rick Aschmann's years-long "hobby" of collecting dialects. It's a comprehensive and detailed map of the dialects (and sub-dialects!) of English-speakers in Canada and the United States. » 5/15/13 11:20am 5/15/13 11:20am

This Rugged Carpet Is Washington State From Space

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently released this Kompsat-2 satellite image which is an ultimately amazing piece of Earth-art. We can see the rolling hills of farmland in the northwest United States, Washington state. » 4/12/13 3:29pm 4/12/13 3:29pm

The Most Pro-Science Presidents In American History

One of the more frustrating aspects of this current election season is the disturbing willingness of both presidential candidates to conveniently set aside meaningful and timely discussions of science. » 10/18/12 9:00am 10/18/12 9:00am

The 55 States of America: 5 places that could become U.S. States in…

Alaska and Hawaii became the last additions to the United States in 1959. Why has the United States failed to add another state in over five decades? » 6/08/12 1:40pm 6/08/12 1:40pm

A map of the United States, drawn in the style of Lord of the Rings

Have you ever wondered what a map of the continental U.S. might look like if it were subjected to the stylings of Christopher and J.R.R. Tolkien, who, together, illustrated the world encompassing LotR? Wonder no more; redditor Jvlivs has made Middle Earth-ified America a reality. » 3/12/12 7:00am 3/12/12 7:00am

Did the Durban climate change talks actually accomplish anything?

The UN's latest Climate Change Conference recently concluded after two weeks of intense negotiations in Durban, South Africa. There's going to be a new agreement to address climate change, but does that really mean anything? Let's break down what happened. » 12/15/11 2:40pm 12/15/11 2:40pm

The US government skirted over the radiation safety concerns of airport…

One of the most important principles of radiation safety is that X-ray machines should only be used when there's a clear medical benefit. But now backscatter X-ray machines are found throughout America's airports. How did we get here? » 11/02/11 9:20am 11/02/11 9:20am

The era of American space exploration is just beginning

Today the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral for STS-135, the final mission of the program. Mission Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot, Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, will be the final United States astronauts to take off under the power of United States crafts, for… » 7/08/11 11:40am 7/08/11 11:40am

Would a Soviet Moon landing have forced the US to go to Mars?

Yuri Gagarin's historic flight was just one of many Soviet victories in the Space Race, but the United States still won the big victory when they landed on the Moon. But what if the Russians had gotten there first? » 4/12/11 4:30pm 4/12/11 4:30pm

What Is The Most Futuristic State In The United States?

I've just returned from Texas, a state that blends old-school American values and high tech industries into a strange hybrid culture of digital cowboys. Is Texas the most futuristic state? » 3/16/10 8:20am 3/16/10 8:20am

Five Signs the United States Is Withering Away

Click to view The United States has existed for only a little over two centuries, which is a paltry amount of time when you consider that many nations and city-states have lasted for thousands of years (hello, Rome). Now it's starting to look like this brief experiment with human government is going to fail, and soon.… » 7/09/08 12:40pm 7/09/08 12:40pm

A View of Thunderheads Brewing from Space

These thunderheads are brewing over the midwestern United States, a region where thunderstorms can whip up pretty damn fast. Courtesy of NASA, this image is one of a series running on the Boston Globe's website to celebrate the work done by the International Space Station. Want to see what this kind of cloud looks… » 6/10/08 3:30pm 6/10/08 3:30pm