Join the Debate: 3D Printed Guns or Government Regulation?

Here's the question: in a world where the design of a 3D printed gun is freely available on the internet, can we—or should we–regulate open source design? Or are limits impossible in a world of anonymous file sharing? Does any attempt at control go against the whole spirit of open source, decentralized innovation? » 4/01/14 2:00pm 4/01/14 2:00pm

The Mobile App Driving Venezuela's Anti-Government Protests

Zello is a walkie-talkie app made by a small company based in Austin, Texas—but if you've heard of it, it's probably because you've been following the news in Venezuela or Ukraine. Some of its biggest users are protesters taking to the streets. The app's creators hadn't planned on getting involved in political… » 2/25/14 12:20pm 2/25/14 12:20pm

China's New Research Station and the Quiet Rush to Claim Antarctica

In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent's abundant resources, will come up for review. China—along with the US, the UK, and other countries—intends to be ready. » 2/11/14 10:20am 2/11/14 10:20am

Air Force Is Sending Brand New Cargo Planes Straight to the Boneyard

The C-27J Spartan is a hell of a plane. Famous for its ability to take off from unfinished runways, it's a staple used by militaries around the world, including the United States. At least it was until recently. The Air Force is sending its latest batch of beautiful, brand new C-27Js straight to the boneyard in… » 2/03/14 7:00pm 2/03/14 7:00pm

President Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening, folks. On January 17, President Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. » 1/10/14 3:03pm 1/10/14 3:03pm

China's Claiming Territory By Calling Dibs on 800-Year-Old Shipwrecks

As China continues its controversial claim-staking throughout Asia, a corner of the academic world is becoming an unlikely focal point in the dispute: Archaeology. More specifically, the thousands of shipwrecks that litter the South China Sea—which China is aggressively claiming as evidence to back up its right to… » 12/02/13 10:51am 12/02/13 10:51am

41 Century-Old Predictions for Our 21st Century Socialist Utopia

Mail via pneumatic tube? Weather control? A three-hour workday? These sound like futuristic predictions straight from the 1950s and '60s. But proving yet again that there's nothing new under the sun, these predictions are actually over a century old. And unlike the more libertarian-tinged versions of these ideas that… » 11/12/13 1:48pm 11/12/13 1:48pm

Almost All of America's Nuclear Regulators Are About to Be Furloughed

That pesky government shutdown is still causing all kinds of problems, and this one's a doozy. Starting Thursday, some 90 percent of the workers who watch over America's 100 nuclear reactors will be furloughed. Since these guys are sort of the first line of defense in a nuclear disaster, that's really bad news. » 10/09/13 5:41pm 10/09/13 5:41pm

Unpaid Members of the NSA Probe Refuse to Meet Because of the Shutdown

So, you know how the federal government all shut down because Congress failed to come up with a budget to pay the employees? Well, the members of the special committee set up to investigate the intelligence community just threw in the towel, too. But they weren't even getting paid in the first place. » 10/07/13 3:00pm 10/07/13 3:00pm