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Lightsabers Can Save Your Life

June 6, 2013 A long time ago, in a fictional galaxy far, far away, a revolutionary technology was used to destroy Sith scum. Now, a real-life version of that technology could be used to make surgery bloodless. In Scientific American, Charles Q. Choi reports that scientists are researching how to use a plasma-based...

NSA Forced Verizon To Turn Over Data on Millions of Customers

June 6, 2013 The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone data of millions of Verizon customers in the United States, according to a Wednesday Guardian report, and the information collected could be incredibly revealing even if it doesn't seem so at first. That's because big data sets -- even supposedly anonymized ones...

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13 Percent of Americans Believe Obama Is the Antichrist (and Other Sad Facts)

April 3, 2013 Are you part of the four percent? The four percent of Americans, that is, who believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies? If you're not, you may be a touch aghast by the (still low) number....

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In Dueling Addresses, Marco Rubio and President Obama Use Words You Wouldn't Expect

February 13, 2013 Here are the word clouds for tonight's two big addresses: President Obama's State of the Union speech and Sen. Marco Rubio's response. Notice anything, uh, unexpected? Barack Obama's State of the Union address word cloud: Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal word cloud:

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Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

December 30, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital Sunday after doctors found a blood clot during a follow-up examination for a concussion she was diagnosed with on December 13, 2012. Doctors discovered the blood clot earlier in the day on Sunday. Secretary Clinton will remain at...

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CIA director David Petraeus resigns

November 9, 2012 CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted a letter of resignation because of an extra-marital affair, according to MSNBC. The White House released this statement from President Obama Friday afternoon: David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding...

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What your favorite beer says about your politics

September 28, 2012 Drinking a lot of Sam Adams doesn't just make you inebriated and slightly bloated. According to Scarborough Research data, it also likely means you're a Republican. You may think that drinking beer is one of the few truly bipartisan acts of enjoyment Americans have left, but Scarborough Research paints a...