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Thanks, 'Hunger Games': Why Cautionary Sci-Fi Isn't Fun Anymore

Because dark dystopias are no longer unimaginable, a whimsical gap has closed.<p>In the 1976 film version of <i>Logan’s Run</i>, a dystopian 23rd century world …

A report that analyzed every minimum-wage hike since 1938 should put a bunch of nonsense ideas to rest

"Raising minimum wage risky," the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader tersely warned.<p>"Raising minimum wage hurts low-skill workers," the Detroit News bluntly declared.<p>"Even left-leaning economists say it's a gamble," Vox solemnly cautioned.<p>Nonsense. We have been raising the minimum wage for 78 …

All Your Questions About Pit Bulls Have Finally Been Answered

Bronwen Dickey has written a remarkable book about Pit Bulls and the people who love them — and the people who really, really don’t — that you should …

Dot – The Code-Teaching Robot by Wonder Workshop

Get your kids building and learning with Dot, the code-teaching robot by Wonder Workshop. Using hundreds of games, activities, and adventures …

Apps

Justice Ginsburg Eviscerates The Case Against Marriage Equality In Just Five Sentences

During Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments in the Supreme Court, several of the Court’s conservative members suggested that same-sex couples should …

LGBTQI

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …

Human Rights

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

Indiana’s businesses are now free to discriminate against gays, and LGBT allies are threatening to leave. The first to walk? Gamers, who may take …

Ex Machina trailer by Alex Garland looks smart and scary.

Artificial intelligence that becomes just a little too human is a classic sci-fi premise—and that’s exactly the scenario laid out in the new trailer …

17 science fiction books that every real sci-fi fan should read

Although sci-fi pushes past the boundaries of reality, it paradoxically allows readers to think about questions that hit closest to home.<p>Technology, society, war, existence, family — these main sci-fi themes are things that we all deal with every day.<p>No literary list is exhaustive, but we've put …

Google’s 160-pound robot dog will scare the bejesus out of you

Google-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics is no stranger to creating robotic beasts that can do freakish feats, but their latest robotic quadruped — a 160-pound doglike machine named Spot — takes the crazy factor to an all new level with a smaller, nimbler, more-kickable form factor.<p>To be …

Robotics