The Strange History of Bicycle Day
How April 19 became a blissed-out tribute to both two-wheeled transport and medicinal chemistry.
Are Student Evaluations Really Biased by Gender? Nope, They’re Biased by “Hotness.”There have been suggestions that students are sexist in their evaluations. We pulled data on 1 million professors to assess.
Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing?Millennials are not all narcissists and boomers are not inherently selfish. The research on generations is flawed.
Yes, Being a Woman in Science Is Hard. That’s Why We’re Trying to Change It.The focus on the stats means we sometimes ignore the work those underrepresented people are doing to change things.
I’ve Worked for Republican and Democratic EPA Administrators. Scott Pruitt Is Killing the Agency.The majority of Americans still support the agency’s mission. Here’s how we’ll save it.
A Chemical in Paint Remover Is a Known Killer. Why Won’t the EPA Ban It?The EPA proposed the ban at the end of the Obama administration, but the anti-regulation stance of the current administration has stalled the effort.
Why Is Winter Still Happening?I decided to ask some TV meteorologists about this winter, because they’re recognized at the supermarket and people vent to them.
A Brief History of Time Changed Our Perception of Physics, and ScienceWe desperately want to understand our place in the cosmos. Hawking’s book opened the door.
Blue Planet II Captivated Audiences Abroad. Why Didn’t America Care?We’ve become accustomed to nature documentaries that feed us celebrity-led, perfectly packaged drama.
After 30 Years, an Island and Its Sole Inhabitant Face an Uncertain FutureMauro Morandi watched tourism, technology, and climate change reshape his home. Now, he fears he won’t see its restoration.
Does Research Confirm that Millennials Are Soulless Monsters?Small surveys with leading hypothetical questions can safely be ignored. But if we’re going to talk about this one, here are some suggestions.
Why Are Conservatives So Obsessed With Gun Rights Anyway?Belief in gun rights hasn’t always been a conservative ideology. Psychology helps explain how it took off.
Did a Lack of Local News Cause Trump’s Election? It’s Hard to Say.A new analysis from Politico has shown a correlation that many suspected. But the direction of causation remains murky.
In This Ancient City, Even Commoners Lived in PalacesNew archaeological finds at Teotihuacán suggest something astounding: It flourished without a massive underclass.
Want to Understand Food Insecurity? Talk to the Children Living Through It.Researchers are realizing that kids provide one of the most honest windows into this heartwrenching problem.
Can You Criticize Science (or Do Science) Without Looking Like an Obsessive? Maybe Not.We need to normalize the pursuit of accuracy as a good-intentioned piece of the scientific puzzle.
Trawling the Depths of Blue Planet IIShould we reconsider the octopus? Should nature documentaries talk about climate change? Members of the Slate science team discuss.
Stephen Hawking’s Disability Activism Was as Invaluable as His Science“All of us know we can reach for the stars.”
Mike Pompeo Would Be the First Secretary of State to Deny That Climate Change Is RealThis is an alarming position for anyone, but it’s specifically problematic for this Cabinet position.
I Felt Despair About Climate Change—Until a Brush With Death Changed My MindLeukemia and climate change have more in common than you might think.
Death of a Veggie SalesmanHow an expert on the science of marketing forgot the difference between science and marketing.
Space JamFor the past few years, the U.S. has relied on Russia to shuttle its astronauts to the ISS. Delays in private sector development might prolong the problems.