Why Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?An interplay between how all humans think and how conservatives tend to act might actually explain a lot about our current moment.
With Syria Signing the Paris Agreement, U.S. Will Be Only Nation Opposed to Climate ActionWe have even been surpassed by a country embattled by civil war.
What Actually Is “Clean” or “Renewable” Energy?We don’t really have common, useful definitions for these things.
Museums Are Just About the Only Places Ready for the Next Natural DisasterClimate-resilient design is on the rise. Museums, seeking to protect their priceless art, are on this cutting edge.
Could Trump Fund Science by Back-Channeling Military Investment?Here's one way the president could have his cake and eat it too.
The EPA Stopped Three Agency Scientists From Talking About Climate Change at a ConferenceThe agency has not explained why the scientists were pulled, but the move has scientists worried.
When Scientists Discovered Neutron Stars Colliding, How Did Artists Know What to Draw?They didn’t, really.
Donald Trump Should Stop Obsessing Over the MoonHe thinks going will get us closer to Mars. It won’t.
How the End of the Drought Likely Exacerbated the Deadly California WildfiresLush grasses flourished in last winter’s deluge—and then dried out quickly to provide fuel.
Can You Sue a Newspaper Based on How the Internet Interprets a Story?A pro-GMO professor who claims he has been defamed by the New York Times’ reporting on his connections to Monsanto is trying. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be successful.
Is a Cat a Liquid?A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Cats do that. Sort of.
Here’s What the Sun Will Look Like When It Consumes the Earth in 5 Billion YearsThere’s an end in sight. Eventually.
Trump’s New NASA Chief Controls One of the Most Important Parts of Climate ScienceWe assess many parts of our changing planet from the sky.
Here’s the Expertise Scott Pruitt Is Removing From the EPA’s Advisory BoardsThese academic scientists will no longer be able to serve because of “conflict of interest.” Pruitt will likely replace them with industry scientists.
Why Isn’t the Bond Market More Worried About Climate Change?Coastal towns destroyed by Sandy still have perfect credit scores. Why?
The Vultures Will Inherit the EarthYes, many species are going extinct at an alarming rate—but others are thriving.
Blue Origin’s Successful Engine Test Might Free Us From Dependence on Russian EnginesPrivate companies are making greater strides, opening the gateways to space.
Criticizing a Scientist’s Work Isn’t Bullying. It’s Science.The New York Times Magazine story on Amy Cuddy brings up extremely important problems in science. But we cannot equate criticism with harassment.
Japanese Scientists Found a Cave That Might Be Perfect For a Moon BaseIt's huge and could protect astronauts from radiation.
The Trials of Amy CuddyA feminist psychologist was dragged through the mud for her mistakes. Did she deserve it?
After the Fires, What Will Become of California’s Wine Crop?The vines that do survive might be tainted. We simply don’t know enough yet.
The Shoe Is the New DressCan understanding visual opposition help us understand political opposition? It can’t hurt!
Science Is Imperfect. We Should Admit That.One prominent research journal just updated its description to explain why it won’t be perfect—and that’s great.
Nobel Prizes Should Reward Science, Not ScientistsThe current system has a long history of sexism and racism. Reforming the prizes requires reinvention.