Spend Your Money on Whatever You WantYes, the common wisdom suggests that spending on experiences will make you happier, but new data serves as a reminder that these scientific theories might not be as strong as we think.
Donald Trump Wants “American Energy Dominance.” What Is That?Basically, a good buzzword for a totally unattainable goal.
Grizzly Bears Are Now the Victims of the Trump Administration’s Climate DenialismWe can’t trust this administration to make science-based decisions.
Malicious Tree Planting Is a Slow, Expensive Way to Exact RevengeA viral Reddit story of a wronged arborist exacting revenge via redwood planting is a hoax—and it wouldn’t work anyway.
Police Data Suggests Black and Hispanic Drivers Are Searched More Often Than WhitesWe filed public records requests to gain access to police records. We found evidence of racially biased policing.
Are Toxic Blobs of Palm Oil Poisoning Our Pets?The waste product is washing ashore in England, where dogs eat it and occasionally die. What’s a pet owner to do?
Even Moving to Mars Has Become Political (and Depressing)Capitalism, politics, and partisanship have landed in the middle of our escapists fantasies about the Red Planet.
A Second Chance for Anna StubblefieldShe fell in love with a man with disabilities, then went to prison for raping him. Now her conviction has been overturned.
Trump’s Pick for DOJ Top Environmental Attorney Has a Vast Anti-Climate RecordHe has a history of challenging the government for addressing global warming. Now, he’s its top defender.
The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris AgreementWill America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
The Endangered Species Act Won’t Save Animals. It’s Not Designed To.But right now, it’s still one of the strongest tools we have—so conservationists are innovating to make it work.
The Rhetorical Tricks of Climate Change DeniersThe Culture Gabfest deconstructs a controversial column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
Do Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not. A new, landmark study provides plenty of useful information. If only we could interpret it accurately.
Pruitt Is Paving the Way for an Industry-Led EPAHe’s not just trying to get them a voice. He’s trying to give them control.
Food Evolution Is Scientifically Accurate. Too Bad It Won’t Convince Anyone. The new documentary misses that the debate over GMOs isn’t about facts. It’s about values.
Reminder: Poor People Don’t Eat More Fast FoodThe main thing that influences consumption isn’t income, it’s how many hours they work.
Trump Hates Regulations. What About When They Save Jobs?A rule limiting illegal seafood imports would protect American workers, but corporations are trying to overturn it. Who will Trump side with?
Climate Change Would Be the Perfect Target of Jeff Bezos’ Philanthropic PlansUnfortunately, the CEO notorious for thinking long term is focusing his giving on “right now” problems.
The Trump Response to the Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Isn’t Denial. It’s Evasion.Since the inauguration, the DOJ’s responses have taken on a Trumpian tinge.
Bad Footnotes Can Be DeadlyA one-paragraph blurb helped cause the opioid crisis. That’s just the start of science’s citation woes.
Fake MoosDairy farmers want the government to declare their product the one true milk. Purveyors of soy, almonds, coconuts, and rice are fighting back.
Dakota Access Pipeline Will Start Operating Without a Proper Oil Spill Response PlanThe pipeline is allowed to start pumping oil Thursday.
Trump’s Climate Decision Is a Reminder of Whom He Listens ToThe people with the most government and diplomatic experience remain sidelined.
Are Angry Mobs on Facebook Taking Over Academia?What it means to call the critics of Rebecca Tuvel’s paper on transracialism “bullies.”