The BBC Is Teaching Kids How To Program Their Own Dalek

A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive. » 10/21/14 6:40am Yesterday 6:40am

White House Seeks Advice On "Bootstrapping A Solar System Civilization"

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is planning ahead — way ahead. The agency wants you to email ideas for how "the Administration, the private sector, philanthropists, the research community and storytellers" can develop "massless" space exploration and a robust civilization beyond Earth. » 10/17/14 8:30am Friday 8:30am

​The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction's Greatest Idea

The matter transmitter is one of science fiction's greatest inventions. It's been in hundreds of SF stories, perhaps most famously in Star Trek as the transporter. And yet writers keep trying to turn this incredibly useful, flexible idea into nothing more than a fancy system of transit. Which is all wrong. » 10/16/14 10:25am 10/16/14 10:25am

Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 9:08am 10/16/14 9:08am

A Rare Look At Historical Spy Gadgets Inside The CIA's Private Museum

The CIA's museum, located at its headquarters in Langley, VA, is home to more than 28,000 items, including gadgets, weapons and espionage memorabilia. Usually, it's off limits to most non-CIA personnel—but a special arrangement allowed Smithsonian magazine to take a tour and photograph select exhibits. » 10/08/14 10:40am 10/08/14 10:40am

This ​DARPA Video Puts You In The Cockpit Of Its Tank Of The Future

DARPA believes the future of tank warfare won't be heavily armored lumbering beasts, but fast-moving, agile vehicles, augmented by "intelligent systems" to avoid incoming threats. A newly released video shows how a head-up display would project an array of information directly into the field of view of the driver. » 10/08/14 8:40am 10/08/14 8:40am

Maps of City Growth Over the Past Century Are Actually Shocking

It's one thing to know that cities are growing larger, and that over half the human population lives in a city. But when you see these maps charting the growth of megacities since the early 1900s ... well, it's stunning. It's especially incredible when you realize most cities exploded in size over the past 50 years. » 10/07/14 11:46am 10/07/14 11:46am