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De Blasio Wants to Dramatically Reduce NYC’s Rat Population. Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Like many of the mayor’s other reported successes, the big wins indicate statistical sleight of hand.

July 20 2017 2:05 PMWhat Good Is Fear?As we face down the existential threat of climate change, it’s worth considering how fear of nuclear war has spurred humanity into action.
July 20 2017 12:44 PMMisguided Attempt to Free Thousands of Minks Goes Horribly WrongInstead of running free, most of the minks have died. 
July 19 2017 4:49 PMTwo of This Summer’s Tropical Storms Will Be Named Don and HilaryThe extremely apt names are the result of chance—not a misguided attempt at humor.
July 14 2017 11:19 AMToo Hot to FlyPhoenix’s heat wave grounded planes and stranded customers. It’s about to become much more common.
July 12 2017 12:51 PMYou Can Now Buy Chocolate Powder to SnortThis bizarre product was originally created for the Rolling Stones and is totally legal. Is it dangerous?
July 10 2017 6:43 PMAlarmism Is the Argument We Need to Fight Climate ChangeNew York magazine’s global-warming horror story isn’t too scary. It’s not scary enough.
July 3 2017 5:55 AMSpend Your Money on Whatever You WantYes, the common wisdom suggests that spending on experiences will make you happier, but new data serves as a reminder that these scientific theories might not be as strong as we think.
June 28 2017 3:31 PMDonald Trump Wants “American Energy Dominance.” What Is That?Basically, a good buzzword for a totally unattainable goal.
June 23 2017 12:54 PMGrizzly Bears Are Now the Victims of the Trump Administration’s Climate DenialismWe can’t trust this administration to make science-based decisions.
June 21 2017 3:26 PMMalicious Tree Planting Is a Slow, Expensive Way to Exact RevengeA viral Reddit story of a wronged arborist exacting revenge via redwood planting is a hoax—and it wouldn’t work anyway.
June 19 2017 12:38 PMPolice Data Suggests Black and Hispanic Drivers Are Searched More Often Than WhitesWe filed public records requests to gain access to police records. We found evidence of racially biased policing.
June 19 2017 5:50 AMAre Toxic Blobs of Palm Oil Poisoning Our Pets?The waste product is washing ashore in England, where dogs eat it and occasionally die. What’s a pet owner to do?
June 16 2017 11:50 AMEven Moving to Mars Has Become Political (and Depressing)Capitalism, politics, and partisanship have landed in the middle of our escapists fantasies about the Red Planet.
June 14 2017 1:46 PMA Second Chance for Anna StubblefieldShe fell in love with a man with disabilities, then went to prison for raping him. Now her conviction has been overturned.
June 9 2017 12:31 PMTrump’s Pick for DOJ Top Environmental Attorney Has a Vast Anti-Climate RecordHe has a history of challenging the government for addressing global warming. Now, he’s its top defender.
July 20 2017 1:20 PMHere’s How We Made Our Study ReproducibleThe reproducibility crisis has forced scientists to make necessary changes—here’s what we’re doing.
July 19 2017 5:01 PMWhat to Do if Your Bedroom Is Invaded by Tens of Thousands of BeesThis keeps happening.
July 14 2017 6:41 PMMan Charged for Killing Eagle That Was Eating Too Many FishEagles may no longer be endangered, but they are certainly still protected.
July 12 2017 6:33 PMA Delaware-Size Iceberg Broke Off Antarctica. Who’s to Blame?Climate change isn’t behind this one—and it won’t cause sea level rise, either.
July 11 2017 5:55 AMThe Gruesome Truth About Lab-Grown MeatIt’s made by using fetal cow blood.
July 3 2017 10:45 AMHow to Celebrate the Fourth of July While Minimizing Bird CarnageFireworks terrify birds. But if you must, public displays are a better option.
June 30 2017 5:14 PMDo Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not. A new, landmark study provides plenty of useful information. If only we could interpret it accurately.
June 23 2017 5:19 PMPruitt Is Paving the Way for an Industry-Led EPAHe’s not just trying to get them a voice. He’s trying to give them control.
June 23 2017 11:11 AMFood Evolution Is Scientifically Accurate. Too Bad It Won’t Convince Anyone.  The new documentary misses that the debate over GMOs isn’t about facts. It’s about values.
June 20 2017 7:15 AMReminder: Poor People Don’t Eat More Fast FoodThe main thing that influences consumption isn’t income, it’s how many hours they work.
June 19 2017 9:30 AMTrump Hates Regulations. What About When They Save Jobs?A rule limiting illegal seafood imports would protect American workers, but corporations are trying to overturn it. Who will Trump side with?
June 16 2017 6:13 PMClimate Change Would Be the Perfect Target of Jeff Bezos’ Philanthropic PlansUnfortunately, the CEO notorious for thinking long term is focusing his giving on “right now” problems. 
June 15 2017 6:02 PMThe Trump Response to the Kids’ Climate Lawsuit Isn’t Denial. It’s Evasion.Since the inauguration, the DOJ’s responses have taken on a Trumpian tinge. 
June 11 2017 7:30 PMBad Footnotes Can Be DeadlyA one-paragraph blurb helped cause the opioid crisis. That’s just the start of science’s citation woes.
June 2 2017 5:33 PMIndulge Your Climate Rage in FantasyI write fiction about denialism. These days, it’s too real.

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