In Praise of Intolerance
Today’s political climate doesn’t require more tolerance. It requires less.
Bad Incentives Push Universities to Protect Rogue ScientistsAs the recent Carlo Croce case shows, this can cause real harm. Here’s one way we could fix the problem.
How Disaster Science Explains the Oscars Mix-UpMajor errors don’t cause disasters. Banal mistakes and human nature do.
Lessons to Learn From the “Fugitive Scientists”Science and activism have an intertwined history—in the antebellum period and today.
The Backpedaler-in-ChiefThe Trump administration has retracted its most alarming anti-science moves. Is that heartening or a sign of more disturbing policies to come?
Do Men Eat More Pizza in Front of Women?The research that suggested so, along with other theories about our eating habits, seems to be flawed.
Should National Parks Be Apolitical?The former director makes a convincing case for why they cannot shy away from charged topics.
Scientists Are About to Be Censored. They Shouldn’t Censor Themselves.Don’t make the Trump administration’s job any easier.
Lie Detectors, Russian Spies, and an Expert in Kung FuHow the incoming national security adviser got tangled up in the Trump administration’s weirdest scandal yet.
In Defense of Canada’s New—and Mediocre—National BirdThe gray jay is a subtle and delightful choice.
Finding Pi Outside of the CircumferenceThe number, which we celebrate on Tuesday, shows up more places than you might think.
Practice Doesn’t Make PerfectIf you want to actually get better at something, you need to first figure out what you’re doing wrong.
Another Replication Crisis? Yawn.Aristotle believed it. Scientists proved it. A new study hints that decades’ worth of research on contagious yawning might be bogus.
Did Trump Win Because His Name Was First on the Ballot?It might technically be possible, but it’s not probable.
It’s Time to Give Up on FactsOr at least to temporarily lay them down in favor of a more useful weapon: emotions.
Kids’ TV Is Ignoring Climate ChangeShows like Nature Cat and Sid the Science Kid teach children everything about wildlife and the environment—with one glaring exception.
How Trump Transition Officials Are Privately Explaining the Chaos at the EPAEmails obtained by Slate show that transition officials are blasting the media for the apparent disorder at the agency.
Trump Supporters Refuse to Believe Their Own EyesThey still think Trump’s inauguration crowds were bigger, despite the evidence. Here’s why.
Here’s One Way Trump’s Team Could Manipulate Government DataIt has plans to recalculate the social cost of carbon, which has been called “the most important number you’ve never heard of.”
Flagging Fake News or Bad Sources Won’t WorkThe idea—propped up by media organizations and Facebook itself—doesn’t account for how the brain processes information.
Is Anyone Actually a Scientist?Forget the terrible “I’m not a scientist” schtick. Trump’s comments on climate change suggest no one is a scientist.