A Maryland teacher has been incarcerated for writing science fiction. Set 900 years from now, Patrick McLaw's stories depict the aftermath of a school shooting — a subject that alerted the police. He was forced to take a psychological evaluation, is now barred from school property, and is suspended from his job. » 9/01/14 11:30am A minute ago

Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?

The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've… » 9/01/14 11:00am 31 minutes ago

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa likely started with a single infected person. This is actually good news because it means the current strain is descended from the original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen. It also means the current public health response is the right one. » 8/29/14 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

The Secret German Scheme To Invade America Before The First World War

Nearly two decades before the onset of World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II set his imperialistic sights on the Americas. But to establish a presence there, Germany would have to put the U.S. in its place. To that end, it devised not one, but three plans to attack and invade America. Here's how history could have unfolded… » 8/29/14 8:00am Friday 8:00am

Iceland Moves To Red Alert After Small Volcanic Eruption [Updated]

Authorities in Iceland have raised its alert level to maximum after a small eruption occurred overnight in the Bárðarbunga volcano system. Airspace is now closed over the region up to 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) as a cautionary measure, despite no ash being detected by the radar system. » 8/29/14 7:20am Friday 7:20am

Is Dyson About To Unveil A Robot Vacuum Cleaner With Computer Vision?

British appliance company Dyson has released an intriguing teaser video to promote its latest product. We're not entirely sure what it is, but this RoboCop-inspired ad has us thinking it's a robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with computer vision. » 8/28/14 8:40am Thursday 8:40am

The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"

During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades. » 8/28/14 8:00am Thursday 8:00am