The Armies Who Do Battle on the Backs of Insects

We love the premise of Clark Thomas Carlton's novel Prophets of the Ghost Ants, where a far-future human species has evolved into insect-size beings. And now he's released an e-book version, with mind-blowingly beautiful illustrations by Paul "Mozchops" Phippen. We've got a gallery. » 11/26/14 5:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm

This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan

Over 1600 years ago, this deep blue glass dish made its way from a Mediterranean workshop, across Central Asia, to its final resting place in a 5th century Japanese grave. The journey may have taken over a century, and gives us a glimpse of what trade was like in the early days of the Silk Road. » 11/24/14 1:28pm Monday 1:28pm

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 11/20/14 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 11/20/14 3:33pm