Via Gawker we learn that a New York judge reaffirmed a guy's right to demand the ring back if the engagement breaks off for any reason. In the case before the court, a Long Island woman maintained that she should be allowed to keep the $19,000 ring because her former fiance cheated on her: On ...
According to Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, the cost of getting you and your spacesuit into orbit could soon be about $120. That would mean a price improvement curve of $45 million to $100. Is space travel really the future? We also feature a clip from an interview with Michael ...
An FBI Special Agent impersonated a representative of a real, legal anti health care reform group in order to positively identify a Washington man who allegedly left a series of anonymous death threats on the office voicemail of Sen. Patti Murray (D-Wash). The agent called up Charles Alan Wilson ...
Robert Wright believes Tiger Woods' sexual behavior represents a threat to the moral sanction that is vital to the institution of monogamous marriage.
A team of Russian and American scientists reported yesterday that they had discovered a new -- and very heavy -- element, which will be known for now as ununseptium.
"Contrary to expectations and lamentations, widespread piracy does not kill commercial filmmaking," writes Kevin Kelly. "Existence proof: the largest movie industries on the planet."
Some of the most arch realists and high-ranking Cold warriors in the US foreign-policy establishment are supporting the idea of a nuclear-free world. But is it actually attainable?
Researchers have found three new species that apparently spend their entire lives in the oxygen-starved sediment at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
The NASA Earth Observatory has posted some great new shots of volcanoes from space, including four volcanoes erupting at once and the latest from the Icelandic eruption.
Noting Sarah Palin's meandering phraseology, John McWhorter wonders why mindless speaking no longer prevents someone from becoming a major public influencer.
Faced with climate change, some birds are changing their migration schedules and staying closer to home -- and in the future they might stop migrating altogether.
John Hartwig was the principal of a private elementary school run by the conservative Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Last month, he was fired by a church council. The reasons for his dismissal are murky, but they appear to have something to do with this: Hartwig's father, a former ...
Eating more fruits and vegetables appears to do little to reduce the incidence of cancer -- despite decades of exhortations from the World Health Organization that people do so.
Physicists have developed the smallest electrically pumped laser ever, with a beam that is 30 micrometers long, eight micrometers high, and has a wavelength of 200 micrometers.
Scientists in the Philippines say they have discovered a new species of giant lizards with bright yellow, blue, and green skin, that lives in the forests and survives on a fruit-only diet.