“Climate Change Did It!” Is a Convenient ExcuseYes, climate change will exacerbate disasters, but the underlying problems are still worth addressing.
Spend the Summer as a Science Writer for SlateThe AAAS Mass Media Fellowship exposed me to the world of science communication. You could be next.
Celebrate Hamilton Day, a Better Mathematical HolidayPi Day may be fun, but this October holiday celebrates mathematics as a human endeavor.
Pink October’s PredecessorBefore there was breast cancer awareness, there was tuberculosis advocacy. It was a lot more effective.
No, the Bee-Pocalypse Isn’t Here YetYes, seven species of bee were just added to the endangered species list. But they’re all in Hawaii, and none of them are honeybees.
Why Does the Replication Crisis Seem Worse in Psychology?The same problems are facing other fields, too. Here’s why you hear about it most in psychology.
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.
Montreal Shouldn’t Ban Pit BullsThe evidence for such laws is lacking, yet Canada is still trying to implement outrageous regulations against this breed.
Let Industry Fund ScienceThe methods, not who did or paid for the research, should be enough to tell us whether we can trust the evidence.
The 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?
How One Giraffe Became More. Specifically, Four.Actually, what we thought of as a “giraffe” is four different species. How did scientists miss this?
Friends Don’t Let Friends … Hold Onto Guns?Most gun deaths are suicides. A new program aimed at removing guns from at-risk people could help reduce this.
About That Mass Incident of Reindeer Death …Lightning strikes are not that unusual a cause of animal death. Unfortunately, climate change will make it worse.
Let It Burn?Our new policy to let forest fires burn is inspired by nature. Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always behave as we’d like.
Environmentalists’ Disdain for Washington’s Carbon TaxThe first such law in the nation is being hampered by idealists. Instead, they should band together and make history.
Nothing Says Team Spirit Like a Caged TigerLouisiana State University’s beloved mascot, Mike the Tiger VI, just died. This time, they shouldn’t replace him.
Beyond the Insect “Yuck” FactorMaybe the real reason we don’t eat them is because they’re not convenient.
Why Do We Keep Planting Stinky Ginkgos?They may smell bad, but they do just fine in urban environments.
We Don’t Know Whether Roller Coasters Cure Kidney StonesBut we do tend to accept even the smallest, most preliminary studies as fact. We should stop.
I Went to the Woods Because I Wished to Live … Like a Badger?Time spent acting as an animal taught me how to better make use of my senses. You can do it, too.
Will Raccoons Trump Rats as the Ultimate Urban Mammal?They’re expanding into suburban and urban landscapes, and excelling, thanks to our help.
The Brilliant, Imprudent Dr. Bennet OmaluIt’s not surprising that the man who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy suspects Hillary Clinton was poisoned.
Talk to the DogA recent study suggesting dogs understand language is overblown. I know, because I asked my dog about it.
South Carolina’s Zika Prevention Backfires, Kills 2.5 Million BeesThis was definitely a mistake. But it is not a crisis.
How I Learned to Love LiverDoes understanding what an organ does in the body make it taste better? For this medical student, it did.
We’ve Heated Up the Planet. Can We Cool It Back Down?Strangely enough, massive volcanoes might be part of the answer.