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.
Save the ChickenA few decades ago, no one cared about chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?
No, There Aren’t Enough Academic JobsBut discouraging people from pursuing the career could have a devastating effect on underrepresented groups.
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.
Don’t Bring Your Dog to WorkPet-friendly policies are growing more popular among employers, but they’re often implemented irresponsibly.
20 (Science) Questions for the Presidential CandidatesA coalition of scientists has challenged the presidential candidates to a science debate. This should be interesting!
Fake Fish Habitat, Brought to You by BP Relief MoneyBP money is supposed to restore the gulf, but environmentally questionable artificial reefs may not be helping.