Newly-Declassified CIA Document Says Ben Franklin Was A Security Risk

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents—but safeguarding state secrets was not among them. According to a recently released article by a CIA analyst, when Franklin was on a diplomatic mission in France, he allowed his offices to be penetrated by British spies during a crucial period in the American Revolution. » 10/01/14 11:10am Today 11:10am

Drone Manufacturers Pin Their Hopes On Hollywood

Camera-mounted drones have been used to stunning effect in blockbuster films such as Skyfall and Iron Man 3, though restrictions on the commercial use of unpiloted vehicles have made it difficult for filmmakers to use the technology. But that changed this week when the FAA granted exemptions to six movie studios. » 9/30/14 1:37pm Yesterday 1:37pm

Every Type of Satellite Data Gathered from Earth, In One Amazing Video

Imagine that you're orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. What if you could access a heads-up display, offering multiple views of the planet below, as seen through the eyes of NASA's fleet of Earth observation satellites? This stunning simulation reveals what it could look like. » 9/30/14 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

New Evidence That Aquatic And Land-Based Archosaurs Fought One Another

During the Late Triassic, some huge reptiles lived on land, others lived in the water, and it's long been believed that they didn't typically interact with one another. But the discovery of a tooth lodged in a 220-million-year-old thighbone reveals that two prehistoric carnivores frequently skirmished across… » 9/29/14 9:20am Monday 9:20am

ISS Astronauts Recreate Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Poster

In a tradition dating back to the space shuttle era, NASA has created mock movie posters to promote its missions. Previous posters have included Reservoir Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean. But, for ISS Expedition 42 — the answer to life, the universe and everything — there could only be one choice. » 9/29/14 7:40am Monday 7:40am

Shapeshifting Metal Brings Us One Step Closer to the T-1000

Composed of liquid metal, the robot assassin in Terminator 2 could change its shape at will. In boring real life, surface tension makes forming non-spherical liquid shapes impractical—at least until now. New research has yielded a technique that makes it possible to manipulate liquid metal into multiple configurations. » 9/23/14 1:40pm 9/23/14 1:40pm

Kirk Cameron's "Crocoduck" Came Back To Bite Him In The Ass

A few years ago, ex-teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron went on Fox News as a pitchman for young-Earth creationism. Claiming there were no transitional fossils, he ridiculed evolution saying that, if it were true, we would have duck-crocodile hybrids. Ha, ha—oh, wait, scientists found a dinosaur that's half duck, half croc. » 9/22/14 12:00pm 9/22/14 12:00pm