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Watch out, China -- America is working on dogfighting drones


The U.S. military appears to be assembling all the technology for robotic jet fighters to be able to shoot down enemy planes.

Rouhani, Pakistan, and the big issue stalling an Iran-U.S. alliance


As a U.S.-led coalition once again wades into his neighborhood to rid it of terrorism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the U.S.

Police link suspect in Virginia student's disappearance to a similar case

The arrest of suspect Jesse Matthew in connection with the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has yielded what police are calling a "significant break" in the 2009 death of another young woman in the same town, Charlottesville, Virginia.

NASA finds that Earth's 4th largest lake is almost completely dry

Images from NASA's Terra satellite have revealed some alarming results. The Aral Sea, which once was the fourth largest lake in the world, is almost completely dry, The Independent reports.

Afghan government signs security pact with the U.S.

Afghanistan's new government signed a long-delayed security agreement with the U.S. on Tuesday, a day after the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani.

10 things you need to know today: September 30, 2014


1. Afghan government signs security pact with the U.S. Afghanistan's new government signed a long-delayed security agreement with the U.S.

Polls: Sizable bipartisan majorities back U.S. military action against ISIS

Congress won't debate President Obama's use of air power to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) until after the November elections, if then.

What is the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, anyway?


Why is the White House protected by an entity called the "Uniformed Division of the Secret Service?" The naming convention is important.

11 facts yü should know about the umlaut


1. The word "umlaut" comes from one of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob Grimm was not only a collector of fairy tales (along with his brother Wilhelm), but also one of the most famous linguists ever.

The troubling persistence of eugenicist thought in modern America


It's hard to shake the feeling that eugenics can make a comeback. Or that it never really left us. When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a recent interview to Elle Magazine, she let slip a statement that almost sounded like something a 1920-style eugenicist would say.

How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows


After 26 seasons and 552 episodes, it's hard to stay fresh. Nonetheless, The Simpsons is trying, employing two big gimmicks in its season premiere Sunday night: a bizarre, buzzy couch gag from animator Don Hertzfeldt, and a long-teased character death that underwhelmed pretty much everybody.

How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest


You should really care that the German Ethics Council (a government committee) has pronounced that Germany's laws banning consensual incest between adult brothers and sisters ought to be abolished.

Jon Stewart slams Congress for cravenly ducking debate on ISIS

Maybe you're not surprised that Congress is ducking a debate on the war against ISIS for what appears to be purely political reasons, and at this point, maybe you're not even taken aback.

Apple has released a partial Shellshock fix, but your Mac was probably never in much danger

On Monday, Apple started releasing an update to OS X to patch potential vulnerabilities related to the Shellshock Bash flaw in Linux and Unix-based operation systems.

WWF: After 40 years, half of the world's wildlife is gone

Half of the Earth's populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and birds were lost over the past 40 years, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

Netflix's first original movie is coming in 2015

Netflix's first original movie, a sequel to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will debut on the streaming video service and in IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015.

You have to sign a waiver to eat this 8,000-calorie breakfast

For the person who can never decide what to order, the Hibernator might be your best bet, since it consists of every single item on the menu at England's Bear Grills restaurant.

Report: More than 3,000 migrants have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2014

In a report released Monday, the International Organization for Migration says that more than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2014.

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan for getting hurt when a Walmart tuck hit his SUV

In court on Monday, Walmart argued that the injuries sustained by 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan when a Walmart semi crashed into his SUV in June "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Taylor Swift talks feminism, support for other female artists

The newest member of the Emma Watson Fan Club is none other than Taylor Swift, who shared her thoughts on Watson's much-discussed U.N.


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