Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science AdviserHe doesn’t deserve one, and it’s more likely to be a sham than a help.
Pruitt’s Policies Undermine My Faith in Our FoodI’m a pro-agriculture progressive, but this is a step too far.
William Shatner’s Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation SpreadIt was frustrating to watch but also instructive.
Science Should Not Be a Free-Market EndeavorTheranos’ failure demonstrates the dangers of testing science in the public sphere.
The Twentysomething Cliff Is Much Worse When You’re AutisticServices drop off, and jobs are hard to come by. Plus, most research on autism focuses on kids.
Trump Thinks the “Best Available” Data on Climate Change Is From 2003His new executive order insists on making far-reaching policy decisions using old data. The reasoning he offers up is laughable.
Bad Incentives Push Universities to Protect Rogue ScientistsAs the recent Carlo Croce case shows, this can cause real harm. Here’s one way we could fix the problem.
How Disaster Science Explains the Oscars Mix-UpMajor errors don’t cause disasters. Banal mistakes and human nature do.
Lessons to Learn From the “Fugitive Scientists”Science and activism have an intertwined history—in the antebellum period and today.
Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Understand the Necessity of ScienceHis decision to kill the National Commission on Forensic Science betrays a lack of understanding about how to assess good evidence.
Two Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw “The Dress” DifferentlyRemember “the dress”? It disrupted our understanding of color, and, yes, it took science two years to catch up.
Talking Without TalkingThe case of Anna Stubblefield and “facilitated communication” is back in court. Will previously blocked evidence prove her sex assault victim had the means to consent?
According to Game Theory, the Senate Is Already LostThe Republicans’ refusal to play by the rules has assured mutual, nuclear destruction. The only thing left is forgiveness.
Running on EmptyWhen my beloved Volkswagen crashed into “Dieselgate,” I had to get a new car. Could I find one that fit my needs and got good gas mileage?
The New York Times’ Coal Miner Interview Is Why We Won’t Stop Climate ChangeJournalists must serve facts, not emotions.
Trump’s Environmental Executive Order Is As Stupid As It Is DamagingHis move to roll back regulations will harm our health and won’t grow the economy.
Finding Pi Outside of the CircumferenceThe number, which we celebrate on Tuesday, shows up more places than you might think.
Practice Doesn’t Make PerfectIf you want to actually get better at something, you need to first figure out what you’re doing wrong.
Another Replication Crisis? Yawn.Aristotle believed it. Scientists proved it. A new study hints that decades’ worth of research on contagious yawning might be bogus.
Did Trump Win Because His Name Was First on the Ballot?It might technically be possible, but it’s not probable.