Science Is Broken. How Much Should We Fix It?More rigor in research could stamp out false positive results. It might also do more harm than good.
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.
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?
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.
I Can’t Stand to Think About Donald TrumpIs it shameful to hide from the reality of his presidency?
It Looked Great. It Was Unwatchable.Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk shows the promise and failure of high-frame-rate cinema.
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There Is No Island of Trash in the PacificBut the cause of clean oceans needed a good story. Our warming planet could use another one.
Save the ChickenA few decades ago, no one cared about chicken welfare. Now all our eggs are about to be cage-free. Why?
Was This Study Even Peer-Reviewed?How journalists should write about unpublished scientific research.
The New Jonah Lehrer: More Honest, More Boring, Still Spreading BunkA Book About Love proves the best practices of science journalism don’t offer much insurance against distortions and half-truths.
Is “Grit” Really the Key to Success?A new book says you need passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in work and life. Is this a bold new idea or an old one dressed up to be the latest self-help sensation?
Cancer Research Is BrokenThere’s a replication crisis in biomedicine—and no one even knows how deep it runs.
“What Do We Want? Evidence-Based Science!”Anti-Trump activists calling for more peer review in government are giving conservatives exactly what they want.
Talking Without TalkingThe case of Anna Stubblefield and “facilitated communication” is back in court. Will previously blocked evidence prove her sex assault victim had the means to consent?
Hips Do LieWhy did the New York Times fall for a dubious study on what makes women great dancers?
Does Fighting Racism Make Racists More Racist?What research on the psychology of stereotype backlash can teach us about how to combat discrimination.
The Brilliant, Imprudent Dr. Bennet OmaluIt’s not surprising that the man who identified chronic traumatic encephalopathy suspects Hillary Clinton was poisoned.
Sad FaceAnother classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up. Is it time to panic yet?
Should Caster Semenya Be Allowed to Compete Against Women?Sex-verification policies in sports have more to do with politics than science. If researchers start studying the right things, that could change.
Out of SlimeIn the 1980s, green goo oozed its way into the American consciousness. What became of all that sludge?
The Abominable TouristWill international visitors help Nepal rebuild after last year’s earthquake, or will they only make things worse?
Some Animals Are More Equal Than OthersAfter 50 years of animal-welfare legislation, rats and mice are still left out in the cold.