A Toast to the Safe Drinking Water ActIts radical idea—tap water should be safe to drink—has been a huge, underappreciated success.
Red States Are Getting a New Shade of RedderThe people who deny climate change are most likely to suffer from it.
The Strange Rise of Carnivorous PlantsTracing the first fossil of an insect-killing plant.
Busy Boys and Little LadiesHow fake brain science has supported gender segregation in schools.
James Watson Throws a FitThe disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.
Species Worth SavingWhy we should be thankful for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Polarizing FoodsWhy do people love or loathe certain tastes?
The Secrets of the “Secret Science” BillWhat House Republicans really mean when they call for reform of the EPA.
What Happens in Your Mouth When You Kiss?The microbe ecosystem of making out.
A Real DealTo appreciate the U.S.-China climate agreement, there’s only one number you need to pay attention to.
Whites See Blacks as SuperhumanAnd that’s not exactly a compliment.
I Can Hear You Eating MeThe strange, incredible ways plants fight off threats.
Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little HeadsA New York Times op-ed trolls the academic science community.
Great and SmallStunning images from a microscopic art competition.
The Strongest Organism on EarthIt isn’t an ant.
Out ColdWhat really happens to your body temperature when you drink.
Taser of the WildElectric eels shock prey just like Tasers stun human victims.
It Is Not Possible to Get the Flu From a Flu ShotThis video explains why.
BirdmenCockfighters spread the chicken across the globe.
A Time to SnoozeThe real reason you’re so sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal.
Your Dog Is a MessOne way canines are genetically wired to be sloppier than cats.
Moses and the American ConstitutionIf Texas wants biblical characters and states’ rights in textbooks, publishers are happy to deliver.
Metaphorically SpeakingOur most sophisticated thinking relies on bodily experience.
Dispatch From the Oscars of ScienceHow many Hollywood stars does it take to make mathematicians glamorous?
Why Is There Dark Meat and White Meat?The biological (and nutritional) differences.
The “Fanged Deer” Reappears in AfghanistanHow do we know if animals are really extinct?
Matter Over MindPhilosophy just doesn’t have the same sense of urgency as physiology.
Wolf WarsAlaska’s Republican governors find vicious ways to kill predators and mark their territory with the feds.
Where Did Our Teeth Go Wrong?Tracing the oral health of our ancestors.
Ebola Won’t Go AirborneViruses don't change their means of transmission so fundamentally.