2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for FreeThe Biodiversity Heritage Library’s open-source archive contains wonders of all kinds.
Lifting the Ban on Elephant Trophies Will Probably Help Save ElephantsOur knee-jerk reaction to hunting (and to Trump) ignores good data that suggest hunting works as a means of conservation.
The First “Space Nation” Just Launched Its First SatelliteIn doing so, it proved how lawless space still is.
In 1770, the Sky Over East Asia Turned Crimson Red for Nine DaysNew documents reveal what caused the event.
Shark With Head of a Snake and 300 Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of PortugalThe ocean is belching up prehistoric sea creatures left and right.
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.
A Guide to Understanding a Million vs. a Billion vs. a TrillionIt’s really easy to read past these words, and extremely difficult to internalize how dramatically different these amounts are. These thought experiments can help.
An Allegation, Then a Prestigious ProfessorshipIn 2002, Dartmouth was told that psychology professor Todd Heatherton had allegedly groped his graduate student. Afterward, Heatherton’s career ascended.
We Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host LifeWill this be “the one”? It’s too soon to tell, of course.
Three Dartmouth Psychology Professors Are Under Investigation for “Sexual Misconduct”Simine Vazire says one of those men, Todd Heatherton, groped her at a conference in 2002.
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.