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Defending Darwin

I teach human evolution at the University of Kentucky. There are some students I’ll never reach.

March 25 2015 3:49 AMThe Power of Peer PressureThe best lessons in climate diplomacy come from Himalayan villages.
March 23 2015 8:18 AMMathematicians of the Future?Why it matters that computers could someday prove their own theorems.
March 18 2015 4:25 PMCan You Recognize a Psychopath?TV doesn’t do justice to this serious, dangerous, neurologically distinct condition.
March 17 2015 6:00 AMSlate Voice: “Plush Life”Listen to Mark Joseph Stern reads his study of why people lost their minds over Beanie Babies. 
March 12 2015 12:46 PMFather’s Tracks Are MeltingThe future of cross-country skiing’s historic race.
March 11 2015 8:13 AMA Real DragMercedes-Benz modeled a car on the boxfish. Only it completely misunderstood the boxfish.
March 6 2015 12:31 PMThe Kids Are All RightHave we made our children into moral monsters?
March 4 2015 1:55 PMGod Is My Co-PilotThinking about religion makes people take risks.
Feb. 27 2015 10:38 AMLessons From the DressVision is fundamentally ambiguous—but usually not this ambiguous.
Feb. 19 2015 2:55 PMWhat Gives Popcorn Its Pop?Slow-motion video shows why kernels leap and emit their distinctive sound.
Feb. 16 2015 9:02 PMStep Outside YourselfMeditation says to focus on the present. But life may be more meaningful if you don’t.
Feb. 10 2015 11:58 AMHow Not to Be the Next Brian WilliamsTen ways to avoid false memories.
Feb. 10 2015 7:30 AMThe Strangest Sunrise in AmericaWhat caused this beautiful scene in northern New Mexico?
Feb. 5 2015 11:07 AMThe Zombie Science of Bad DancingAn undead news item takes another turn around the floor.
Feb. 3 2015 7:30 AMSlate Voice: “James Watson Throws a Fit”Listen to Laura Helmuth read her piece about the tarnished legacy of a Nobel laureate.
March 24 2015 10:53 AMWhat Doesn’t Kill YouThe truth about a black widow’s bite.
March 20 2015 12:39 PMDarwin’s “Strangest Animals”A mysterious creature identified after 180 years.
March 17 2015 9:16 AMMob MentalityCrowds are surprisingly friendly, fun places to be.
March 13 2015 9:26 AMA Very Special Pi DayHow’d you celebrate, kid? “We ate pie and memorized digits.”
March 12 2015 12:28 PMIn Your EyesThe perfect eyelash length—and how extensions destroy it.
March 10 2015 10:43 AMThe Rustiest Place in AmericaThese hours of trespassing were the most adventurous of my research into rust.
March 5 2015 7:17 AMA Firm OdorSecretly recorded lab footage shows test subjects sniffed their hands after handshakes.  
March 2 2015 12:15 PMWhat Colors Did You See?Take a poll to help guide research on the ambiguous dress.
Feb. 20 2015 11:42 AMCan Animals Be Altruistic?How the flying V may be a rare example of “reciprocal altruism."  
Feb. 18 2015 2:31 PMAre Corporations Putting Feathers in Your Food?The Food Babe’s disgusting claims are baloney.
Feb. 12 2015 11:51 PMA Loving TouchNeurobiology recommends warm skin and moderate pressure, moving at 1 inch per second.
Feb. 10 2015 11:00 AMClimate Hacking Is Barking MadYou can’t fix the Earth with these geoengineering proposals, but you can sure make it worse.
Feb. 9 2015 11:16 AMAre Your Medications Safe?The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. My students and I dug it up.
Feb. 3 2015 11:47 PMPlush LifeWhy did people lose their minds over Beanie Babies?
Jan. 30 2015 11:52 AMThe GynandromorphsA phenomenon observed in insects, crustaceans, and birds results in animals that are both female and male.

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