It’s a bird, no it’s a plane, no it’s a spy bird!

It’s a bird, no it’s a plane, no it’s a spy bird!

  You’ll never look at hummingbirds the same again. The Pentagon has poured millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds. They could be used to spy, but also to locate people inside earthquake-crumpled buildings and detect hazardous […]

OK, so Bernanke’s plan worked: Now what?

OK, so Bernanke’s plan worked: Now what?

Nearly everything is going according to the plan Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hatched six months ago. During a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Aug. 27, Bernanke outlined an effort to spur economic growth, prevent prices from falling and push markets higher through the purchase of government bonds. Since then stocks have soared, the […]

Threats don’t deter Wisconsin Democrats

Threats don’t deter Wisconsin Democrats

Wisconsin state Sen. Chris Larson packed just his toothbrush and one extra shirt when he and 13 fellow Democrats fled the state last week, to avoid near-certain passage of the Republican governor’s plan to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights. “That tells you, I didn’t think it would take this long,” Larson said […]

House looks at stopgap spending bill

House looks at stopgap spending bill

  Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to pass stopgap legislation to avoid a partial shutdown of the government when temporary funding runs out Friday. Tuesday’s measure would keep the government running for two weeks to buy time for the Republican House, the Democratic Senate and the Obama White House to try to reach […]

Biotech firm produces fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide

Biotech firm produces fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide

A Massachusetts biotechnology company says it can produce the fuel that runs Jaguars and jet engines using the same ingredients that make grass grow. Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company says it can […]

Republican governors work hard to undermine Obama agenda

Republican governors work hard to undermine Obama agenda

Their ranks swollen after the last election, Republican governors from Florida to Alaska are undermining President Barack Obama’s agenda at every turn ahead of the Democrat’s 2012 re-election campaign. Some are rejecting federal money for high-speed rail. Many are fighting the president’s health care law. And several are going after the Democratic Party’s bedrock constituency, […]

Protestors allowed to spend the night in Wisconsin capitol

Protestors allowed to spend the night in Wisconsin capitol

Dozens of protesters camped overnight in the Wisconsin Capitol and vowed to be back in full force Monday after police backed away from threats to close the building, where demonstrators have held steady for two weeks to oppose Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions. Police decided not to forcibly remove protesters after thousands ignored a […]

Gas pains from high prices at the pump

Gas pains from high prices at the pump

High fuel prices are putting the squeeze on drivers’ wallets just as they are starting to feel better about the economy. They’re also forcing tough choices on small-business owners who are loathe to charge more for fear of losing cost-conscious customers. Gasoline prices rose 4 percent last week to a national average of $3.29 per […]

U.S. government conducted shocking medical experiments

U.S. government conducted shocking medical experiments

Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York […]

Walker says Wisconsin protests haven’t changed his mind

Walker says Wisconsin protests haven’t changed his mind

  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the two weeks of protests in the state capital haven’t swayed his resolve to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Leaders of Wisconsin’s largest public workers’ unions have capitulated to Walker’s demands for their members to cover more of their pension and health care benefits to help […]