life-like planetThe discovery of a planet circling Gliese 581, a red dwarf star, has led to a round of press reports discussing the existence of an “Earth-like” planet. 

human skinResearchers may have discovered a less controversial alternative to stem cells that could potentially treat conditions like Parkinson's disease and diabetes. This alternative is allegedly so effective that it has the potential to be used by the military to mitigate battlefield injuries.

Nearly a year has passed since President Obama’s controversial Augustine Committee’s report recommended a dramatic change in the future of NASA’s manned space flight program. However, it seems that little has changed on Capitol Hill. The recently-adopted NASA budget is approximately the same as previous appropriations—$19 billion for 2011—while dramatically reducing the amount to be spent on commercial space vehicles and accelerating development of a heavy launch vehicle which would be needed for manned flights to the Moon and eventually Mars.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has once again found himself in the midst of controversy. This time, however, the controversy has nothing to do with China, or even Apple; instead, it revolves around his vision of a technological utopia.

Since the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945 the international institution which has grown since that day has made a point of proving itself invasive, irrelevant, meddlesome, and, when possible, oppressive. However, the UN’s actions fall into another category, on occasion.