“Zombie deer disease,” a mad cow-like infection spreading in the US,...

A mad cow-like infectious disease that can turn the brains of deer, elk, and moose into “Swiss cheese” is spreading in at least 24...

The Green New Deal, explained

Update, 2/23/2019: Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution on February 7 that lays out the...

The military wants to build a bullshit detector for social science...

How do you know if a finding in social science is, well, real? Students of science are taught not to take the results of...

Steve Irwin said, “My mission … is to save wildlife.” He...

Steve Irwin’s life was cut short when he was impaled through the chest by a stingray in 2006 near the Great Barrier Reef. But...

Is lab-grown meat actually worse for the environment?

The idea that we should get our hamburgers from a lab and not from a slaughterhouse — the basic premise of the “cultured meat”...

Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.

Teens in the United States are coming of age at a time when digital technology is truly ubiquitous, where smartphones are all of our...

This is an emergency, damn it

Earlier this month, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution laying out an ambitious set of...

These volunteers get malaria on purpose so we’ll know how to...

How do you test a vaccine for malaria? Well, you vaccinate people and then give them malaria. Ideally, this test happens under controlled conditions, so...

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