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Lie Detectors, Russian Spies, and an Expert in Kung Fu

How the incoming national security adviser got tangled up in the Trump administration’s weirdest scandal yet.

Jan. 12 2017 9:45 AMFlagging Fake News or Bad Sources Won’t WorkThe idea—propped up by media organizations and Facebook itself—doesn’t account for how the brain processes information.
Jan. 3 2017 9:00 AMStep Away From the LionRomping with wildlife does not actually help protect it.
Dec. 22 2016 1:27 PMIs Anyone Actually a Scientist?Forget the terrible “I’m not a scientist” schtick. Trump’s comments on climate change suggest no one is a scientist.
Dec. 20 2016 5:55 AMPornHubbyA new twist in the debate over pornography’s role in romantic relationships.
Dec. 16 2016 7:22 PMI Am Glad the Harlem Deer Is DeadAnd you should be, too.
Dec. 14 2016 7:05 PMTillerson Says One Thing With His Mouth and Another With His MoneyThe Exxon CEO’s actions suggest he knows climate change denialism is good for business.
Dec. 11 2016 11:07 PMIt’s Not OverStanding Rock was never just about the pipeline. It’s about an existential fight against the corporate interests who would sacrifice people and the planet on the altar of short-term gain.
Dec. 1 2016 10:18 AMLike It Never Even HappenedA self-help guru who killed three in his sweat lodge says the experience has helped him “find himself.” His rhetoric shows he has yet to move beyond the problematic structure of his ideology.
Nov. 22 2016 6:02 PMStop Saying the Election Was RiggedTrump’s win was always an option, and the theories suggesting otherwise aren’t based on facts.
Nov. 18 2016 4:27 PMDonald Trump Will Be the Only World Leader to Deny Climate Change Is RealGood job, America.
Nov. 17 2016 11:52 AMStop Unfollowing Trump SupportersFacebook enables our tendency to shun conflict. Don’t give in.
Nov. 14 2016 1:56 PMThe Kids Suing the Government Over Climate Change Are Our Best Hope NowLuckily, they just cleared a major bar.
Nov. 9 2016 2:43 AMHere’s What President Trump Will Mean for the PlanetHe doesn’t acknowledge climate change, would pull out of Paris, and thinks coal is a good way to create jobs.
Nov. 4 2016 11:34 AMThe Real Problem With Power Posing Isn’t the DataIt’s the idea that increasing testosterone is the way to power.
Nov. 3 2016 1:34 PMThe Dakota Pipeline Protests Should Think BigYes, opposing the pipeline is important. But the protesters should turn the momentum into something larger.
Jan. 6 2017 6:02 PMIs the Death of SeaWorld’s Tilikum the End of Captive Orca Whales?Unfortunately, probably not.
Dec. 30 2016 7:26 AMIn Defense of Canada’s New—and Mediocre—National BirdThe gray jay is a subtle and delightful choice.
Dec. 21 2016 12:17 PMThe Irony EffectHow the scientist who founded the science of mistakes ended up mistaken.
Dec. 19 2016 10:46 AMThe Conjunction Fallacy Explains Why People Believe Fake NewsThis fallacy warns that stories with more facts sound more believable, even though they’re actually less probable.
Dec. 16 2016 9:22 AMWant to Save Money on Car Insurance? Buy a Mountain Lion.Reintroducing mountain lions to the East Coast would actually create enormous savings for auto insurance companies. They should fund the reintroduction efforts.
Dec. 13 2016 3:14 PMBill McKibben on Why Exxon Mobil Is the Worst Oil CompanyRex Tillerson doesn’t just come from any oil company. He comes from the one that knew about climate change but spent decades lying to the public about it for profit.
Dec. 9 2016 10:56 AMPruitt’s Plan to Make Climate Denialism LawTrump’s EPA pick has tried it before, and he’ll likely try it again. Only this time, he’ll be working from the inside.
Dec. 1 2016 8:15 AMDoes Fighting Racism Make Racists More Racist?What research on the psychology of stereotype backlash can teach us about how to combat discrimination.
Nov. 22 2016 11:14 AMOverly Cautious and UnscientificFrom GMOs to pesticides, Europe’s precautionary warnings aren’t based on science.
Nov. 18 2016 7:05 AMPresident Trump Might Be Exactly What the Climate Movement NeedsHe’ll give them something concrete to fight.
Nov. 16 2016 12:30 PMTrump Can’t Abolish the EPABut he can do plenty of damage. Here’s how environmentalists must collaborate with and stand up to the president-elect.
Nov. 9 2016 5:51 PMAll Is Not Lost on Climate ChangeTrump will be terrible, but it’s not just about Trump. It’s about you, too.
Nov. 8 2016 10:29 AMVoting Is Just the First Step Toward Stopping Another TrumpCivic duty doesn’t end at the polls.
Nov. 3 2016 3:54 PMHow Much Is This Land Worth?Standing Rock shows the limits of environmental economics.
Oct. 28 2016 5:52 AMAn Election Season Reminder That Voting Is Mathematically FlawedThere is no fair way of assessing a populations’ preferences when there are more than two candidates.

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