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Bill Nye Can’t Save the World

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. Netflix’s new talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, debuted the night before people around the world joined together to demonstrate and March for Science. Show More Summary

The Problem With the March for Science

Hundreds of thousands of self-professed science supporters turned out to over 600 iterations of the March for Science around the world this weekend. Thanks to the app Periscope, I attended half a dozen of them from the comfort of myShow More Summary

Donald Trump Should Not Appoint a Science Adviser

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has been headless since Donald Trump moved into the White House. The vacancy is a problem: Trump appears to know even less about science than he knows about diplomacy or the legislative process. Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Understand the Necessity of Science

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. Science and the law are not natural partners. Science seeks to advance our understanding of the natural world. The law is tasked with ensuring public safety and making sure justice is properly served. Show More Summary

Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things

If you consider yourself to have even a passing familiarity with science, you likely find yourself in a state of disbelief as the president of the United States calls climate scientists “hoaxsters” and pushes conspiracy theories about vaccines. Show More Summary

Two Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw “The Dress” Differently

One of psychologist Robert Zajonc’s lasting contributions to science is the “mere exposure effect,” or the observation that people tend to like things if they are exposed to them more often. Much of advertising is based on this notion. Show More Summary

Pruitt’s Policies Undermine My Faith in Our Food

For the past few years, I’ve been part of a loosely connected group of progressives and conservatives who found common ground on food politics. We support the use of genetic engineering in our food system. We don’t think Monsanto is the devil. Show More Summary

Talking Without Talking

Last Tuesday morning, in a tiny, crowded courtroom in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a panel of appellate judges heard arguments in the case of convicted rapist Marjorie Anna Stubblefield. In the fall of 2015, Stubblefield, the 47-year-old...Show More Summary

William Shatner’s Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation Spread

You can learn a lot on the internet, and on Wednesday, a Twitter spat between a doctor and William Shatner—of Star Trek fame, with 2.5 million followers—taught us just how easily cranks and charlatans can manipulate the information out there. Show More Summary

Science Should Not Be a Free-Market Endeavor

Elizabeth Holmes—once the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, known for her Steve Jobs black turtleneck—has gotten a lot of press in her short career, but these days it focuses more on her legal trouble than her acumen. Her...Show More Summary

Running on Empty

This is a story that begins with schadenfreude, a word that comes to us from the Germans, as did my car, a 2013 midnight-blue VW SportWagen TDI. TDI stands for—actually, I don’t know what it stands for, but it meant that every 500 miles or so I had to find a gas station that sold diesel fuel. Show More Summary

The Twentysomething Cliff Is Much Worse When You’re Autistic

This article originally appeared on Spectrum and is republished here with permission. Isaac Law spends most of his time on his computer, watching movies on Netflix, poring through Facebook posts, or working on his latest project, a web...Show More Summary

The New York Times’ Coal Miner Interview Is Why We Won’t Stop Climate Change

The problem with journalism, we were told after the election, is that we in the media focused too much on the facts and too little on the people, their stories, and their feelings. Coastal elites holed up with their precious data and...Show More Summary

Trump Thinks the “Best Available” Data on Climate Change Is From 2003

There are many nonsensical assumptions made in President Trump’s new executive order, but one of the least defensible is the decision to calculate the “social cost of carbon” based on science from 2003. The social cost of carbon puts...Show More Summary

Trump’s Environmental Executive Order Is As Stupid As It Is Damaging

Donald Trump will sign another executive order on Tuesday, this one focused on unraveling the Clean Power Plan, rolling back environmental regulations, and eliminating any hope that the United States meets its obligations to the Paris climate agreement. Show More Summary

Stop Saying White Mortality Is Rising

“The white working class is really struggling.” This statement has been assumed as a fact and used as an explanation to rationalize Donald Trump’s upset election. Is it true? One major data point feeding into the narrative of the struggle is the purported increase in mortality rates among middle-aged white people in America. Show More Summary

In Praise of Intolerance

In a somber speech to its board of trustees delivered on Feb. 21, Stanford University’s ex-provost John Etchemendy warned that intolerance is the greatest threat facing American universities today. Adding his voice to a growing bipartisan...Show More Summary

Bad Incentives Push Universities to Protect Rogue Scientists

Carlo Croce has received some $86 million in federal funding to study cancer in his lab at the Ohio State University. He has continued to win these big grants while being the subject of at least five university investigations into the validity of his work. Show More Summary

Finding Pi Outside of the Circumference

This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is reprinted here with permission. Happy Pi Day, where we celebrate the world’s most famous number. The exact value of ?=3.14159… has fascinated people since ancient times, and mathematicians have computed trillions of digits. Show More Summary

How Normal Is a March Snowstorm?

Many on the East Coast are hunkering down for Winter Storm Stella. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for much of the Northeast, covering almost 20 million people, and is predicting a foot or more of snow in swaths of the region. It does not look good: Schools in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston are already closed. Show More Summary

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