Japanese Scientists Found a Cave That Might Be Perfect For a Moon Base
It's huge and could protect astronauts from radiation.
When Scientists Discovered Neutron Stars Colliding, How Did Artists Know What to Draw?They didn’t, really.
Donald Trump Should Stop Obsessing Over the MoonHe thinks going will get us closer to Mars. It won’t.
How the End of the Drought Likely Exacerbated the Deadly California WildfiresLush grasses flourished in last winter’s deluge—and then dried out quickly to provide fuel.
Can You Sue a Newspaper Based on How the Internet Interprets a Story?A pro-GMO professor who claims he has been defamed by the New York Times’ reporting on his connections to Monsanto is trying. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be successful.
What’s Happening in Puerto Rico Is Environmental InjusticeClimate experts have long warned of the increasing risks of such a catastrophe.
The Whitewashing of #TakeAKneeIt’s become comfortable at the expense of achieving meaningful change.
We Need a Better Way to Measure HurricanesThe current category system doesn’t give a clear indication of how much damage a storm can inflict.
There Was Another Earthquake in Mexico. Is the World Ending?Humans often seek meaning where there is none. Sometimes random events occur in patterns.
Irma May Have Been the Bigger Storm, but the Damage From Harvey’s Storm Surge Will Last for YearsReporters who covered both storms explain what it was like to be in the eye of two hurricanes, and what it will be like to rebuild.
Measuring the Mizzou EffectDoes a school’s enrollment really go down when students protest en masse?
Why Are FEMA’s Flood Maps So Horribly Flawed?They fail to take climate change into account, and they’re hard and expensive to maintain. Plus, they can be manipulated by local governments.
Grandma Shivered, Dogs Barked, Totality ArrivedWhat it was like witnessing the eclipse with my family in a faraway desert.
The Trials of Amy CuddyA feminist psychologist was dragged through the mud for her mistakes. Did she deserve it?
After the Fires, What Will Become of California’s Wine Crop?The vines that do survive might be tainted. We simply don’t know enough yet.
The Shoe Is the New DressCan understanding visual opposition help us understand political opposition? It can’t hurt!
Science Is Imperfect. We Should Admit That.One prominent research journal just updated its description to explain why it won’t be perfect—and that’s great.
Nobel Prizes Should Reward Science, Not ScientistsThe current system has a long history of sexism and racism. Reforming the prizes requires reinvention.
After the Hurricanes, Can We Rebuild a Stronger, Greener Grid?Post-earthquake Japan and monsoon-battered India aren’t just repairing their grids. They’re improving them. It’s time for hurricane-battered Americans to do the same.
Puerto Rico Is Getting Short-Term AidAs an American territory, the island has access to immediate relief measures. It’s long-term support that’s the growing issue.
What Sound Does an Iceberg Make When It Breaks Off the Ice Shelf?No audio was recorded when the Larsen C ice shelf broke. But this art exhibit simulates it using real data—and the effect is haunting.
Hunger and Obesity Can Be Two Sides of the Same CoinThe U.N.’s latest report on food security shows troubling trends for both problems.
Oregonians Are Unreasonably Furious at the Teen Who Started a Forest FireThey have suggested he be sterilized, whipped, or even lynched. But if we’re looking to place blame, we all deserve some.
In Defense of the TV Reporter Standing Outside During a HurricaneIn the age of fake news, there is some value in being pummeled by the rain.
It Doesn’t Matter if Climate Change Caused Irma and HarveyThe stories we tell ourselves are more influential than science. And the back-to-back storms are quite a story.
The Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t OverThe American Psychological Association grapples with who should take the blame for greenlighting enhanced interrogations.