“Climate Change Did It!” Is a Convenient Excuse

Yes, climate change will exacerbate disasters, but the underlying problems are still worth addressing.

Oct. 20 2016 11:03 AMEnvironmentalists’ Disdain for Washington’s Carbon TaxThe first such law in the nation is being hampered by idealists. Instead, they should band together and make history.
Oct. 14 2016 1:09 PMNothing Says Team Spirit Like a Caged TigerLouisiana State University’s beloved mascot, Mike the Tiger VI, just died. This time, they shouldn’t replace him.
Oct. 10 2016 11:02 AMBeyond the Insect “Yuck” FactorMaybe the real reason we don’t eat them is because they’re not convenient.
Oct. 10 2016 5:55 AMWhy Do We Keep Planting Stinky Ginkgos?They may smell bad, but they do just fine in urban environments.
Oct. 3 2016 2:46 PMWe Don’t Know Whether Roller Coasters Cure Kidney StonesBut we do tend to accept even the smallest, most preliminary studies as fact. We should stop.  
Oct. 3 2016 9:10 AMI Went to the Woods Because I Wished to Live … Like a Badger?Time spent acting as an animal taught me how to better make use of my senses. You can do it, too.
Sept. 30 2016 9:33 AMWill Raccoons Trump Rats as the Ultimate Urban Mammal?They’re expanding into suburban and urban landscapes, and excelling, thanks to our help.
Sept. 23 2016 1:00 PMPeer Review Is a Thankless TaskSo what motivates the scientists who do it the most? We asked them.
Sept. 20 2016 5:29 PMThe Brilliant, Imprudent Dr. Bennet OmaluIt’s not surprising that the man who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy suspects Hillary Clinton was poisoned.
Sept. 16 2016 2:30 PMTalk to the DogA recent study suggesting dogs understand language is overblown. I know, because I asked my dog about it.
Sept. 9 2016 2:40 PMThere Are Now Seven Species Named After President ObamaAnd two of them are parasites.
Sept. 2 2016 3:28 PMSouth Carolina’s Zika Prevention Backfires, Kills 2.5 Million BeesThis was definitely a mistake. But it is not a crisis.
Aug. 30 2016 10:58 AMHow I Learned to Love LiverDoes understanding what an organ does in the body make it taste better? For this medical student, it did.
Aug. 23 2016 5:45 AMWe’ve Heated Up the Planet. Can We Cool It Back Down?Strangely enough, massive volcanoes might be part of the answer.
Aug. 18 2016 1:36 PMSave the ChickenA few decades ago, no one cared about chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?
Oct. 17 2016 7:02 AMSpend the Summer as a Science Writer for SlateThe AAAS Mass Media Fellowship exposed me to the world of science communication. You could be next.
Oct. 14 2016 10:08 AMCelebrate Hamilton Day, a Better Mathematical HolidayPi Day may be fun, but this October holiday celebrates mathematics as a human endeavor.
Oct. 10 2016 9:31 AMPink October’s PredecessorBefore there was breast cancer awareness, there was tuberculosis advocacy. It was a lot more effective.
Oct. 5 2016 5:58 PMNo, the Bee-Pocalypse Isn’t Here YetYes, seven species of bee were just added to the endangered species list. But they’re all in Hawaii, and none of them are honeybees.
Oct. 3 2016 1:49 PMWhy Does the Replication Crisis Seem Worse in Psychology?The same problems are facing other fields, too. Here’s why you hear about it most in psychology.
Sept. 30 2016 6:04 PMBlame BP for Deepwater Horizon. But Direct Your Outrage to the Actual Mistake.It was years of cutting corners, not one careless mistake, that caused the explosion.
Sept. 27 2016 11:30 AMMontreal Shouldn’t Ban Pit BullsThe evidence for such laws is lacking, yet Canada is still trying to implement outrageous regulations against this breed.
Sept. 21 2016 7:00 AMLet Industry Fund ScienceThe methods, not who did or paid for the research, should be enough to tell us whether we can trust the evidence.
Sept. 20 2016 3:24 PMThe Truth and Flaws of the Five-Second RuleIt doesn’t matter how quickly you pick up your food—bacteria transfer starts immediately. But the real question is: What bacteria were on the floor?
Sept. 9 2016 6:28 PMHow One Giraffe Became More. Specifically, Four.Actually, what we thought of as a “giraffe” is four different species. How did scientists miss this?
Sept. 7 2016 1:13 PMFriends Don’t Let Friends … Hold Onto Guns?Most gun deaths are suicides. A new program aimed at removing guns from at-risk people could help reduce this.
Aug. 30 2016 1:53 PMAbout That Mass Incident of Reindeer Death …Lightning strikes are not that unusual a cause of animal death. Unfortunately, climate change will make it worse.
Aug. 30 2016 5:45 AMLet It Burn?Our new policy to let forest fires burn is inspired by nature. Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always behave as we’d like.
Aug. 19 2016 6:50 PMShould We Abandon Louisiana?In some ways, we already have.
Aug. 15 2016 9:14 AMDon’t Bring Your Dog to WorkPet-friendly policies are growing more popular among employers, but they’re often implemented irresponsibly.