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Why Is It So Cold Outside?

If you’re east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably noticed it’s been pretty cold outside. Boston hasn’t seen anything above 30 degrees Fahrenheit since Christmas. It isn’t much better in New York City, where temps above 30 degrees have been MIA since Dec. Show More Summary

Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious

The belief that “natural” is better has animated many food and health trends in recent memory, with natural as a shorthand denoting purity, a lack of processing, or rejection of modern medicine: raw foodism, enthusiasm for raw dairy, the paleo diet, and organic evangelism. Show More Summary

Why Is Monsanto Inviting This Alt-Right Hero to a Fireside Chat on Farming?

On Sunday, during the annual American Farm Bureau Federation conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Monsanto’s director of millennial engagement, Vance Crowe, will host a fireside chat with University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan...Show More Summary

Dr. Banting’s Miracle Drug

This video is part of a series on diabetes produced by the Science Communication Lab. It’s published here in partnership with Slate. Warning: the video above contains graphic images of sick children. Just 100 years ago, Type 1 diabetes meant certain death for millions of children. Show More Summary

How Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?

If you’ve read the phrase alien megastructures over the past few years, you probably have Tabetha Boyajian to thank. The Louisiana State University–based astronomer has been the driving force behind investigating the mysteries of KIC...Show More Summary

Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?

How much is it going to snow tomorrow? As a meteorologist, the bane of my existence is predicting snow. It is the most difficult forecast I make with dozens of different ways it can go wrong. More troubling, it’s probably the forecast...Show More Summary

We Wanted to Believe

If you wanted to believe, 2017 was the year to do it. Thanks to an explosion of new discoveries of potentially habitable planets outside our solar system, a better understanding of how life might evolve on other worlds, and not inconsequentially a shift in the culture, aliens are no longer regarded as just another realm of paranormal craziness. Show More Summary

Astrophysical Delight

2017 may have been an insane, demoralizing year, but at least we still had the marvels above us. Throughout the year, the wonders—and wanderers—of space continued to offer excitement that nearly everyone could rally behind. Even if your...Show More Summary

What Is the Point of a Solar Road?

China has the strange distinction of being both the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter and the premiere solar energy producer (Trump being in office has really given them an opportunity to firmly solidify that second crown). On Thursday,...Show More Summary

Hunting Coyotes in Cities Only Makes Coyote Populations Grow

Cities have a coyote problem. As the New York Times reported on Tuesday, hunters are increasingly trying to manage the urban coyote populations that have merged with human communities as the latter has spread throughout the continent. There...Show More Summary

It’s Time to Let Go of Our Dreams of Going to Venus

The most recent time NASA launched a mission to Venus was in 1989. The Magellan orbiter lasted four years, transmitting data back to Earth that had to be recorded onto physical tapes. These were archaic times. The generation-long drought...Show More Summary

It’s Not the Heat. It’s the Humidity.

“It’s not the heat that kills you. It’s the humidity.” As climate change progresses, this is likely to become gruesomely true, according to a new study published Friday in Environmental Research Letters. Climate change–induced increases...Show More Summary

NASA Is Pivoting to Astrobiology

On Wednesday, NASA announced its selection of two robotic mission concepts as the top finalists for a launch to be held in the mid-2020s: an exploration of Saturn’s moon Titan and a trip to a comet to retrieve compound samples for lab testing. Show More Summary

There Is No Ban on Words at the CDC

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration had banned certain scientific words from use at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to an unnamed, outraged CDC source, higher-ups instructed...Show More Summary

Want to Win a Nobel Prize? Retract a Paper.

Retracting a paper is supposed to be a kiss of death to a career in science, right? Not if you think that winning a Nobel Prize is a mark of achievement, which pretty much everyone does. Just ask Michael Rosbash, who shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on circadian rhythms, aka the body’s internal clock. Show More Summary

This Space for Rent

People don’t live on the moon yet, but humanity is already making strides to plaster it with advertisements. The space travel startup Ispace Inc. just wrapped up a new round of funding that nets the Japan-based company more than $90 million, to be used in the development of a lunar lander and two uncrewed missions to the moon by 2020. Show More Summary

Can You Use This Data Set to Find Serial Killers?

We statisticians and social scientists are always trying to ensure that the data we collect or use are accurate, complete, and clean. We use data to estimate the effects of policies, and answering those questions requires data strong enough and clean enough to survive scrutiny. Show More Summary

Trump Wants to Go to the Moon. Do Private Space Companies?

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a new space policy directive, aimed at sending American astronauts back to the moon. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been obsessing over this goal for months now. In a recent interview...Show More Summary

Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us?

Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think that’s a possibility—and that it’s happening right now. Starting at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, researchers with the Breakthrough Listen initiative...Show More Summary

Astronomers Just Photographed a Nursery of Stars

A nursery of newborn stars in outer space might sound adorable and sparkly, but the reality is something much more violent. Stars are gigantic spheres of gas and dust, and when they’re infants, they tend to be a lot like human babies, spewing out gobs of hot carnage in every direction. Show More Summary

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