​Amoebas Are Still More Intelligent Than Our Most Powerful Computers

If you're one of those people who believe the singularity is imminent, you might want to pack a lunch. Our machines just aren't that smart, says Alva Noë, a philosopher at the University of California at Berkeley. What we call artificial intelligence is actually best described as pseudo-intelligence. » 11/24/14 7:20am Today 7:20am

The 19th Century Blueprint For A Massive Mind-Control Machine

James Tilly Matthews was a peace activist 200 years ago, during the Napoleonic Wars. He was confined to Bedlam asylum because he attributed the bloody conflict to a secret society using futuristic mind-control devices, which he illustrated in exquisite detail, rivaling the technical drawings of engineers. » 11/21/14 10:50am Friday 10:50am

​House Passes A Bill That Restricts Scientists From Advising The EPA

By a vote of 229-191, the House has just passed a GOP-sponsored bill to ensure that a more "balanced panel of experts" will advise the Environmental Protection Agency. But critics say it will reduce the participation of independent scientists in favor of those with financial ties to industry. » 11/20/14 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

​The True Story Behind Those "Antique" Vampire Hunting Kits

You've seen them turn up on auction sites from time to time: "authentic vampire-killing kits," attributed to a master craftsman, Professor Ernst Blomberg of Germany. (One sold for $12,000 at Sotheby's.) A British museum curator explains how he proved them to be fakes — and why they're nonetheless still very valuable. » 11/14/14 8:40am 11/14/14 8:40am

​Stunning Images Of A Comet's Alien Landscape

In the weeks prior to the Philae landing, the Rosetta spacecraft maintained an orbit around Comet 67P/CG at less than six miles from its surface. The ESA has just released a collection of previously unpublished images taken by Rosetta's navigation camera, revealing the varied and dramatic terrain of a mysterious world. » 11/14/14 8:00am 11/14/14 8:00am

Ebenezer Elliott Was The Most Badass Slam Poet Of The 19th Century

During the early- to mid-1800s, a group of British poets marshaled their talents to inspire a popular movement against the "Corn Laws," a set of government policies to further pad the pockets of land-owning aristocrats. Among the most powerful poems were the Corn Law Rhymes, penned by businessman Ebenezer Elliott. » 11/14/14 6:40am 11/14/14 6:40am

Behind the Campaign To Purge Textbooks of "Pro-Muslim Bias" in Texas

Science groups have been working to prevent the Texas State Board of Education from adopting controversial textbooks that misrepresent climate change. But now another organization has joined the fray, demanding extensive edits in science, geography and history textbooks to purge them of "pro-Muslim" bias. » 11/12/14 3:20pm 11/12/14 3:20pm