Swiping a bank card and Venmo-ing your friends has made money more abstract than ever – and therefore so much easier to thoughtlessly spend. A proposed new tech device would make cash-free purchases tactile again.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes a species of bumble bee – the rusty patched bumble bee – should be under federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that can read a person's emotions, even hidden ones, at a distance.
Job automation won't be as bad as we think, so we need to learn how to stop working and prepare so we're not dragged into the future kicking and screaming.
There is software that can track drones in open areas, but none that can do so in tight-knit, urban ones.
Earners keepers? According to Larry Kudlow, there's a secret history behind the US's history of tax reduction and it involves John F. Kennedy.
As a society we place a high value on the practical nature of science and business degrees. But what about the practical nature of the humanities?
Do you think it's fair that corporations can move their offices offshore to avoid tax bills?
Female political aides in the White House have banded together and are using a combo-technique of amplification and 'shine theory' to make sure their voices are counted.
Here’s why your wife won’t let you forget that stupid thing you did 6 months ago.
Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the Library of Congress started to gather pictures, photographs, poems and other material for preservation.
The North Korean government bans sarcastic speech against itself or Kim Jong-un.
1 in 3 people over the age of 65 live alone in the United States, and by age 85 it's 1 in 2. Loneliness is an epidemic. Here's how to fight it.
Turns out simplicity is really, really complicated. Having worked with Steve Jobs for years as an advertising creative director on Apple products, Ken Segall has taken a blood oath to uphold the principles of simplicity.
Recent research in psychology reveals insights into how the stories we are exposed to affect our identities and ideas. What implications does this hold for the influence of the news and the ethics of journalism?
Rumors of a terrorist gunman escalated at LAX. A panicked crowd trampled an old woman, snapping her femur. In our best Dick Cheney voice: "If you allow blind fear to disrupt society, the terrorists have already won."
Do you know how your iPhone works? Because cybercriminals do. Futurist and global security advisor Marc Goodman explains how our void in tech knowledge lets hackers have a field day, and how to make yourself less vulnerable.
A new pipeline could ruin their water supply and sacred sites, say the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes.
North Korea announces a new on-demand video service for its citizens.
Authorities in France and Scotland are taking very different approaches to Islamic dress in their societies.
There's a lot missing from debates and policy surrounding poverty but the biggest deficit, according to Dr C. Nicole Mason, is in honesty. Impoverished people aren't poor because they're lazy, they're poor because social mobility is institutionally suppressed.
What are the arguments in favor of comprehensive immigration restrictions, what relevant ethical claims are political discourses obscuring, and how has German hip-hop formed as a result?
A Washington think tank raises concerns that U.S. nuclear weapons stored at a military base in Turkey can fall into the wrong hands.
A noted neuroscientist's new study illuminates what remarkable invention made our brains the largest of all the primates.
Neil deGrasse Tyson proposed an ideal form of government and caused a viral debate.
The United States is not only a country of immigrants, but its composition is dramatically changing.
Researchers study the rise of violence in the toys sets by LEGO, the world's largest toy manufacturer.
Researchers estimate how many humans have ever lived.
With, as Carl Sagan famously put it, “billions and billions” of stars out there, many of them with planets that would support life, why aren’t we seeing that life the form of visits from aliens?
His speaking voice was a baritone, but his falsetto? Swoon.