Ursula Le Guin: We Need Fantasy Because "Hard Times Are Coming"

Last night, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, won the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. She gave a speech about the importance of fantasy in a world of ugly realities. » 11/20/14 4:08pm Thursday 4:08pm

A Congressional Bill That Would Force the EPA to Compromise Privacy

In the United States, Republicans are continuing their campaign to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job. Their latest effort includes accusing the EPA of "secrecy" because the agency refuses to disclose citizens' private health information. » 11/20/14 3:33pm Thursday 3:33pm

How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization

Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It's one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization. » 11/17/14 2:50pm Monday 2:50pm