Mars Once Had a Magnetic Field and an Ocean. Where Did They Go?

A new mission is setting out to discover what happened to aspects of the red planet.


NASA Announces That Water Is Flowing on Mars

In a major scientific finding, researchers confirm briny water flows seasonally on the Red Planet.


The Women Who Rule Pluto

The New Horizons team may include more women staffers than any other NASA project in history.


Remember the Time the CIA Bugged a Cat to Spy on the Soviets?

Americans have, for centuries, found creative ways to spy on friends, enemies, and everyone in between.


The SNL Jokes That Americans Found Offensive

Three years of FCC documents reveal the recent jokes and moments that received complaints.


How Mass Surveillance During the Drug War Helped Justify Spying on Citizens

How justification for programs during the war on drugs turned into rationalization for spying on citizens in the war on terror.


The Myth About Bill Clinton's Emails

The former president says he only ever sent two electronic missives. Yeah, right.


Uncle Sam and the Illusion of Privacy Online

The U.S. government doubled its requests for Twitter user information in late 2014 compared with the year before. Most of the time, the publishing platform gave officials what they wanted.


The Navy Has Built a Fire Extinguisher That Walks

A new robot firefighter can see through smoke and carry a hose on its own.


Getting Animals Drunk for Science

NASA and NIH show that tipsy zebra finches slur their songs and high spiders spin asymmetrical webs.


Is There a Better Way to Measure Earthquakes?

USGS' logarithmic magnitude scale is confusing to many, but it's here to stay.


Park Service Designates Site of a 1950s Plane Crash as a Landmark You Will Never See

Move raises broader questions about the purpose of preservation, and the balance between conceptual and physical efforts to save something.