Humans Are Obviously More Evolved Than LobstersPsychologist Jordan Peterson thinks lobster hierarchies explain human hierarchies—but we’re far more complex than the species he’s using to make his point.
How Do You Assess if a Chemical Causes Cancer?Years of testing glyphosate, part of the most widely used herbicide in the world, has shown us that the chemical is not carcinogenic. Why can’t we believe it?
Genetic Testing Might Have Just Explained Why Huskies’ Eyes Can Be BlueIn doing so, it helped show why dogs might be a better target for direct-to-consumer genetic testing than humans.
How Bad Is This Winter? There’s a Way to Check That.Is it unusually bad out there, or is it just normal-level cold?
NASA’s Been Ordered to Search for Life in Space. They Should Start With Viruses. Really!The not-quite life forms have a bad rap. But they’re a reliable sign of life, and it would be exciting to find them in space.
Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American FantasylandAny assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.
Why the Raw Water Movement Is So ObnoxiousIt doesn’t just reveal Silicon Valley’s idiocy and love of capitalism. It exposes their disinterest in everyone else.
How Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?Crowdfunded research into what makes Tabby’s Star blink turned up disappointing results. Will the lack of aliens chill funding?
Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?We’ve gotten better, but there are still a lot of calculations at play.
We Wanted to BelieveWhy 2017 was a banner year for discussing, searching for, and panicking over aliens.
What Is the Point of a Solar Road?You’re meant to drive over it, after all. Could it possibly collect enough energy to be worthwhile?
It’s Time to Let Go of Our Dreams of Going to VenusYes, some people had these dreams! But the yellow planet should be left alone for at least a few million years.
Trump’s Solar-Panel Tariff Will Kill More Jobs Than It Can Possibly CreateAmerica is great at solar-panel installation. But we’ll probably never dominate in solar-panel manufacturing.
Just Because It’s “Science” Doesn’t Mean It’s GoodWhen it comes to social progress, we can’t just rely on science. We need to rely on ethics and community, too.
Did Ryan Zinke Give Florida an Offshore Drilling Exemption Because of Mar-a-Lago?Everything Zinke says to justify Florida’s exemption applies to every other coastal state. Except one thing.
It’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth MillionsSpaceX and Northrop Grumman are hardly the first to lose track of an expensive space instrument.
Why Is Monsanto Inviting This Alt-Right Hero to a Fireside Chat on Farming?Jordan Peterson rose to prominence by refusing to call transgender people by their preferred pronouns. What does he know about GMOs?
LOL Something MattersWe’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any of it.
Hunting Coyotes in Cities Only Makes Coyote Populations GrowThis time, conservation management isn’t a good reason to go hunting.
It’s Not the Heat. It’s the Humidity.As climate change progresses, it’s not just warmth that will hurt us. It's the humid heat.
There Is No Ban on Words at the CDCBut you don’t need to parse the language of the Trump administration to understand its goals.