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Feb. 8 2018 2:37 PMNew NSF Policy Could Jeopardize Funding for Research Projects Led by Sexual Harassers
Feb. 6 2018 5:46 PMSpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Brings It Closer to Sending Humans to MarsThe world’s most powerful rocket is carrying a Tesla Roadster and a dummy named Starman.
Feb. 1 2018 1:09 PMActually, Backpackers, You Don’t Need to Filter Your Stream WaterThe outdoor community (and industry) has made filtration a must. But a look at the scientific evidence shows that this mandate rests on a shaky foundation.
Jan. 26 2018 6:44 PMWhat The Doomsday Clock Doesn’t Tell UsPutting humanity on a permanent, blanket high-alert isn’t helpful when it comes to policy or science.
Jan. 24 2018 5:40 PMShark Charities See Bump in Donations Because of Trump’s Alleged Hate of Sharks
Jan. 24 2018 4:09 PMTrump’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.
Jan. 23 2018 5:22 PMFor Better Science, Bring on the RevolutionariesIn defense of the replication movement.
Jan. 23 2018 11:14 AMJust 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.
Jan. 19 2018 5:27 PMTrump’s Shark Obsession Is an Endearing Distillation of His Horrific World View
Jan. 12 2018 5:09 PMDid 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.
Jan. 12 2018 2:55 PMIt’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.
Jan. 5 2018 6:03 PMWhy Is It So Cold Outside?And is it ever going to end?
Jan. 4 2018 6:23 PMWhy 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?
Jan. 4 2018 3:54 PMThe Largest Known Prime NumberIt’s 23,249,425 digits long. That’s incredibly exciting.
Jan. 3 2018 5:45 AMLOL 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.
Feb. 6 2018 6:08 PMMutant, Self-Cloning Crayfish Are Our New Feminist #Goals
Feb. 6 2018 4:22 PMWednesday Is E Day. Can We Make It As Fun As Pi Day?Feb. 7, 2018, is the calendar date of the mathematical constant 2.718, and we have several ways to celebrate.
Jan. 30 2018 5:08 PMHow to Watch the Super Blue Blood MoonIt sounds extremely exciting, but it is really only moderately interesting.
Jan. 25 2018 11:49 AMThis Is the First Time in History a NASA Administrator’s Nomination Has Been Politically FraughtUsually the agency’s leader is a scientist who gains bipartisan approval. Trump’s nominee is an exception to both norms.
Jan. 24 2018 4:43 PMHumans 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.
Jan. 24 2018 9:00 AMHow 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?
Jan. 23 2018 2:46 PMGenetic 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.
Jan. 19 2018 6:52 PMHow Bad Is This Winter? There’s a Way to Check That.Is it unusually bad out there, or is it just normal-level cold?
Jan. 17 2018 3:16 PMNASA’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.
Jan. 12 2018 4:35 PMFacebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake NewsWill it work?
Jan. 10 2018 5:04 PMOprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American FantasylandAny assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.
Jan. 5 2018 5:41 PMWhy 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.
Jan. 4 2018 5:07 PMHow 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?
Jan. 3 2018 9:00 PMWhy 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.
Dec. 29 2017 4:54 PMWe Wanted to BelieveWhy 2017 was a banner year for discussing, searching for, and panicking over aliens.