“Everyone” Downloads Research Papers IllegallyScience magazine just published a great piece on the utility of Sci-Hub. Unfortunately, its defense of its own business model is flawed.
On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a TreeIn an excerpt from her wildly popular book, Hope Jahren details her devotion to plants.
This Week’s Back-to-Back Earthquakes Don’t Mean the World Is EndingIt’s only unusual because they both struck highly populated areas.
Are Humans Definitely Smarter Than Apes?At certain things, perhaps. But at some specific tasks, perhaps not.
Don’t Anthropomorphize Inky the Octopus! Not because it’s bad, but because it might make you miss what’s so fascinating about these creatures in the first place.
What Will Make Interstellar Travel a Reality?An $100 million investment is good, but it’s just the beginning.
Craigslist for Scientific ResearchScientists who don’t have the pricey equipment to conduct experiments can now outsource their tasks to other scientists.
Many Meteorologists Still Doubt Human-Driven Climate ChangeWeathercasters aren’t any better than the average American at understanding what’s causing this mess. Why?
How Much Can Your Brain Actually Process? Don’t Ask.Stop measuring brains against digital computers.
Sloppy ScienceAre sketchy practices in the lab to blame for the replication crisis in psychology research?
Everything Is CrumblingAn influential psychological theory, borne out in hundreds of experiments, may have just been debunked. How can so many scientists have been so wrong?
How Newly Discovered Species Get Their Weird NamesWhatever you do, don’t name your new species after yourself. That’s tacky.
Unfortunately, You Can’t Have a Lemur as a PetIt seems like it would be the best, but it would actually be the worst.
All Your Burning Questions About Weed, AnsweredDoes coughing get you high faster? Can your cat really get stoned? How would an adult find a dealer?
Can SeaWorld Redeem Itself?As it moves to stop captive breeding, there’s a future for SeaWorld that might actually benefit animals, instead of harm them.
Is Trying to Save the World a Radical Act?From James Hansen to the children suing for their future, radical climate activism is perfectly logical.
Some Animals Are More Equal Than OthersAfter 50 years of animal-welfare legislation, rats and mice are still left out in the cold.
Why Is It So Expensive to Read Academic Research?Content piracy may be illegal, but price gouging is at least as despicable.
The History of Pi DayThe weird, unlikely story of how we got a national holiday devoted to a magical ratio.
The Meme That Spawned a Science Bonanza What have we learned from a year’s worth of research on “the dress”?
Psychopathic, Narcissistic Machiavellians The traits that make con artists—and stockbrokers and lawyers—tick.
Let’s Kill All the MosquitoesNow is the time to wipe the disease-carrying critters off the face of the Earth.