Why You Should Care About The Plan To Break Up California

California is the most populous state in the US, a fact some believe makes it ungovernable. The Six Californias Initiative would seek to make things more manageable by dividing the state into six parts. But what effect might this division have? How would each new state compare, demographically, to the other now-55… » 3/20/14 11:00am 3/20/14 11:00am

How does political tension affect astronauts aboard the ISS?

Tension between the U.S. and Russia on account of the current political situation in the Ukraine has raised questions about the cooperation of Russian and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station – questions NASA chief Charlie Bolden addressed in a news conference held yesterday. » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

Which countries do Americans perceive as their greatest enemies?

Over the past few years, Americans have overwhelmingly pinpointed Iran as public enemy number one. But as a recent Gallup Poll illustrates, Americans are now focusing their attention on several new perceived threats — a sure sign of the world's complex and ever-changing geopolitical balance. » 2/21/14 6:00pm 2/21/14 6:00pm

When should scientists talk politics, and when should they shut up?

Scientists who study the environment often find themselves stuck. They see problems with how humans are affecting the planet, and they want to advocate for changing the way we are doing things. At the same time, they aren't political experts. How can they offer informed opinions, without falling prey to propagandizing? » 1/21/14 11:40am 1/21/14 11:40am

Less than half of U.S. Republicans now believe in evolution

US Republicans are a conservative party, but even just two decades ago they were pro-science, generously funding many of the nation's greatest science programs like NASA. But not anymore. Now, a new Pew survey shows that only 43% of Republicans believe in evolution. » 12/31/13 10:21am 12/31/13 10:21am

Soft Paternalism, or the Future of Authority and Obedience

As humans, we're always making bad choices. At the same time, we really hate to be told what to do — even if what we're being told is a good idea. This conundrum could be solved with a futuristic concept called "soft paternalism." Here's how public and private institutions could nudge us in the right direction — without… » 12/13/13 1:16pm 12/13/13 1:16pm

Mexico may amend its constitution so that it can drill for more oil

Mexico sits atop some positively massive quantities of shale oil and gas, but, unlike America, has not pursued these lucrative subterranean reserves. Why? According to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, doing so is against the country's constitution; so he's asking the government to change it. » 11/12/13 2:20pm 11/12/13 2:20pm

How is the Government Shutdown affecting NASA?

As of 12:00 am this morning, the American Government is offline. Federal employees, besides those deemed absolutely necessary to the essential operations of cabinet-level departments and federal agencies, have been furloughed indefinitely. Among the federal divisions deemed unessential during the shutdown is NASA.… » 10/01/13 9:15am 10/01/13 9:15am

Do we need a Space Party?

We've got a Green party to advocate for environmental causes on Earth. But what about a Space party? With a burgeoning private space industry, and the International Space Station in full flower, maybe it's time for space advocates to represent their interests politically. What would that look like? Let's do a thought… » 9/24/13 12:42pm 9/24/13 12:42pm

Canadian scientists protest government muzzling of researchers

Hundreds of protesters, many of them wearing white lab coats, gathered yesterday across 17 Canadian cities to express their annoyance at the federal government's anti-science policies. Advocates say the campaign to counter these measures has moved into a new phase. » 9/17/13 9:40am 9/17/13 9:40am

How is the sequester affecting science in America?

The Federal Government's budget sequester has left the nation's science and technology funding at its lowest in years. As predicted, labs are ditching projects and scientists; researchers are looking overseas for jobs and funding; health initiatives are being hamstrung; and federal agencies across the board are… » 9/10/13 8:30am 9/10/13 8:30am

Infographic shows that the world likes the US slightly more than China

The Pew Research group recently conducted a massive, global poll to figure out who has "favorable" views of the U.S. and China. They put together a great visualization to show how many people in each region look favorably on the two superpowers. The U.S. is liked slightly more, except in the Middle East. » 7/18/13 12:20pm 7/18/13 12:20pm