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Blame BP for Deepwater Horizon. But Direct Your Outrage to the Actual Mistake.

It was years of cutting corners, not one careless mistake, that caused the explosion.

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Sept. 30 2016 9:33 AMWill Raccoons Trump Rats as the Ultimate Urban Mammal?They’re expanding into suburban and urban landscapes, and excelling, thanks to our help.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 29 2016 9:05 AMElon Musk Wants to Put a Million People on Mars. He Might Do It.
Climate Desk
Sept. 28 2016 7:30 AMClinton and Trump Spent Less Than Two Minutes on Climate ChangeWhich is actually better than some other elections.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 27 2016 10:14 AMGape at a Stunning Astrophoto of Star Birth in the Constellation of the Swan
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 26 2016 9:00 AMNo, NASA Didn’t Change Your Astrological Sign
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 24 2016 9:00 AMInfinity Squared: An Astonishing Video of the Night Sky
Science
Sept. 23 2016 1:00 PMPeer Review Is a Thankless TaskSo what motivates the scientists who do it the most? We asked them.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 23 2016 7:30 AMCan Masturbating College Freshmen Actually Clog a Shower Drain?Each September, a hoax mocking 18-year-olds’ excessive masturbation circulates on the internet. But what does the science say?
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 22 2016 9:00 AMAn Exploding Volcano Slowed Global Warming. Briefly.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2016 9:00 AMComet-Chasing Spacecraft Will Soon Touch Down on the Comet. Here’s Where.
Science
Sept. 20 2016 5:29 PMThe Brilliant, Imprudent Dr. Bennet OmaluIt’s not surprising that the man who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy suspects Hillary Clinton was poisoned.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2016 9:00 AMYou Just Lived Through the Hottest August on Record. And July. And June. And May. And April. And March. And February. And January. And December. And ...
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2016 9:00 AMRetro Posters Promote an Ancient Battle: Humans vs. Disease
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2016 4:09 PMIn a New Short Documentary, Netflix Takes on DeathThe result exposes the central tension in end-of-life care decisions.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 16 2016 9:00 AMBlue Origin Will Test Its Capsule Abort System ... in Flight!
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2016 9:00 AMEuropean Satellite Slammed by Space Debris
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 28 2016 9:00 AMBehold the Very First Photo of the Sun Ever Taken
Science
Sept. 27 2016 11:30 AMMontreal Shouldn’t Ban Pit BullsThe evidence for such laws is lacking, yet Canada is still trying to implement outrageous regulations against this breed.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 27 2016 9:00 AMPassing a Kidney Stone Can Be a Real Roller Coaster Ride
Medical Examiner
Sept. 26 2016 7:00 AMStop Asking the Candidates to Release Their Medical RecordsTwo of our best presidents were ill. Others died randomly of unpredictable infections. It’s time to move on.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 23 2016 2:00 PMGet Out of Jail Free?When two mentally ill inmates came into my care I realized they needed medical care, not jail. So I bounced them.
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 23 2016 9:00 AMLessons of an Active Planet Learned Standing on a Volcano’s Rim
Climate Desk
Sept. 22 2016 1:13 PMPresidential Candidate Gary Johnson Has a Unique Reason for Shrugging Off Climate ChangeApparently, we shouldn’t bother worrying because someday the sun will encompass our whole planet.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 22 2016 5:30 AMDEA Blocks Research Into Promising Opioid AlternativesThe DEA’s draconian drug policies have already made medical marijuana research more difficult.
Science
Sept. 21 2016 7:00 AMLet Industry Fund ScienceThe methods, not who did or paid for the research, should be enough to tell us whether we can trust the evidence.
Science
Sept. 20 2016 3:24 PMThe Truth and Flaws of the Five-Second RuleIt doesn’t matter how quickly you pick up your food—bacteria transfer starts immediately. But the real question is: What bacteria were on the floor?
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 19 2016 9:00 AMWhich Galaxy in the Universe Is the Biggest?
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2016 9:00 AMDoes Climate Change Affect Our Weather? Yes. Yes, It Does.
Science
Sept. 16 2016 2:30 PMTalk to the DogA recent study suggesting dogs understand language is overblown. I know, because I asked my dog about it.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 15 2016 10:16 PMPatient Trump in the Land of OzWe didn’t learn much about Trump’s health Thursday, but we learned plenty about what’s wrong with America’s medical system.

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