The first warship to traverse open waters without a single crew member recently joined the U.S. Navy's fleet after eight years of development and testing. And now nearly every element of the vehicle, known as the Sea Hunter, has become classified. "About all I can tell you is that it has transitioned from [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] to the Navy, and that's a success in the world of science and technology," said Rear Adm. Nevin Carr. "And that's a good thing, because that means that there's a there there." read more
Drew Cloud is everywhere. The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and CNBC, and is a fixture in the smaller, specialized blogosphere of student debt.
He's always got the new data, featuring irresistible twists: One in five students use extra money from their student loans to buy digital currencies. Nearly 8 percent of students would move to North Korea to free themselves of their debt. Twenty-seven percent would contract the Zika virus to live debt-free.
All of those surveys came from Cloud's website, The Student Loan Report. He became ubiquitous on that topic. But he's a fiction, the invention of a student-loan refinancing company. That didn't stop major news organizations from taking his "word" as gospel. read more
North Korea's mountain nuclear test site has collapsed, putting China and other nearby nations at unprecedented risk of radioactive exposure, two separate groups of Chinese scientists studying the issue have confirmed.
The collapse after five nuclear blasts may be why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared on Friday that he would freeze the hermit state's nuclear and missile tests and shut down the site, one researcher said.
One group of researchers found that the most recent blast tore open a hole in the mountain, which then collapsed upon itself. A second group concluded that the breakdown created a "chimney" that could allow radioactive fallout from the blast zone below to rise into the air. read more
In battleground states in the middle of the country, some Democrats watched with frustration as their party grabbed headlines last week with a splashy new lawsuit alleging a vast conspiracy between President Donald Trump and Russia.
The Democratic National Committee's drumbeat of messaging on Trump and his relationship with Russia is wearing thin with some Democrats in purple states -- particularly in the Midwest, where people on the ground say voters are uninterested and even turned off by the issue. The suit exposes a gap, they say, between the party's strategy nationally and what Midwest Democrats believe will win elections in their state.
For some people working to elect Democrats in Midwestern swing states, the suit -- which threads evidence of a conspiracy between Trump's campaign, WikiLeaks, Russia, and Trump family members -- prompted something akin to an eyeroll. read more
This strange -- but insane -- tale begins with Erick Erickson wandering the aisles of a Safeway supermarket. He's accompanied by a Republican congressman who regularly appears on Fox News to defend President Donald Trump. "If we're going to lose because of him, we might as well impeach the motherf***er," the unnamed congressman told Erickson. That's according to a new post from the conservative commentator, who wrote about his encounter with "[one] of the President's congressional defenders" who "has privately decided he hates Trump and wants to unload." read more