| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:31 PM
I'm generally not an alarmist about earthquakes. As a California native, I've experienced my share of small to moderate reminders that our fair state is fractured from head to toe and we're all standing on broken plates.
But the shaking is putting me on...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:59 PM
With a new and improved atomic clock, the standard of time in America is about to change -- a teeny, tiny bit.
For the first time in 15 years, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is adding a new official atomic clock,...
| Mar 18, 2014
What's wrong with this picture?
Exonerations of wrongly convicted prisoners are at an all-time high. Last month, the governor of Washington put executions on hold because, since 1981, when the state last updated its capital punishment laws, a majority...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:57 PM
WASHINGTON — The White House has released guidelines aimed at prodding companies that run some of the nation's most essential services such as utilities, cellphone towers and banks to better protect themselves from cyberattacks.
Officials said the...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 12:21 PM
It’s not every day that physicists discover a new type of quasiparticle. And it’s even rarer that they give it a super-cute nickname like “dropleton.”
So today, my fellow physics fans, we are in luck. Not only have scientists...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 8:58 PM
Daylight saving time is little more than an annoyance to many people. But for some of us, the "spring forward" aspect -- the loss of one hour's sleep -- creates a national case of jet lag.
And it's not just a bad case of grogginess, or the feeling of...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 9:49 AM
The sun has risen in the East, so there must be a news report somewhere quoting a partial transcript leaked by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) purporting to show the shortcomings of Obamacare.
Bingo! We have not one but two "investigative" news reports,...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 12:16 PM
Here's another group suffering because of the partial government shutdown, now in its seventh day: stat geeks.
Most federal agencies' websites carry notices that they aren't being updated during the budget impasse. But the Census Bureau, the Bureau of...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:10 PM
WASHINGTON — The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to allow military voters to cast ballots over the Internet. The intention of this legislation is well-meaning — Connecticut does need to improve the voting process for military voters — but...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 7:20 AM
A trio of former Pomona College students are declaring war on the password, and they’re enlisting consumers to put pressure on technology companies to adopt a more secure log-in process.
Brennen Byrne, Mark Hudnall and Jesse Pollak through their...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Atomic clocks built at the official U.S. timekeeping laboratory tick with record-breaking regularity, scientists said — marking an advance that may someday allow researchers to perform new tests of the laws of physics and engineers to perfect...