Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday. The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation. Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.
Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published Monday by the New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, suggest that the mapping, gaming, and social networking apps which are a common feature of the world's estimated 1 billion smartphones can feed America's National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ with huge amounts of personal data, including location information and details such as political affiliation or sexual orientation. read more
The chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration railed against the legalization of marijuana on Wednesday, warning the "experiment" was highly dangerous. "I have to say this ... going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsible," James L. Capra said during a Senate hearing. "I'm talking about the long-term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us." apra claimed marijuana legalization had failed in every place it had been tried. He apologized for his excitement, but insisted marijuana legalization was a "bad, bad experiment" that would cost the United States both socially and criminally. read more