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.
Can Young Blood Make You Live Longer?The science doesn’t need fact-checking as much as the ethics do.
“I Believe in Science” Should Not Be a ShowstopperThe reaction to Hillary’s great line shows us just how terrifying this election is.
Ken Ham Is Luring Public Schools to His Creationist MuseumHe’s lowered the price to his life-size Noah’s Ark replica to just $1 per student.
The Climate Change ElectionHillary needs to realize—soon—that her chances of becoming president hinge on climate voters.
The White Lion Cub Born in Texas Is Adorable, but Not AlbinoA genetic condition called leucism is what gives these lions their unusual color.
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.
Could Labels Indicate That GMOs Are a Good Thing?Soylent’s public embrace of GMOs offers a possible way forward.
Why Would a Pirate Ship Want Insurance?The bizarre case of the self-sunk illegal Thunder and recent research show that insurers still cover illegal fishers, to the illegal fishers’ benefit.
Was This Study Even Peer-Reviewed?How journalists should write about unpublished scientific research.
Trump’s Wall? Also Terrible for Animals, Conservation, and Scientific Collaboration.There are so many reasons why this is a bad idea.