Ian Steadman

Turning Twitter Procrastination into Literature
A discussion with Cory Arcangel and Jonah Peretti
August 08, 2014

Artist Cory Arcangel's new book is a compilation of those who couldn't resist tweeting the words "working on my novel."

Russia Had a Really Good Reason For Its Gecko Orgy in Space
August 01, 2014

Russian scientists hoping to observe geckos mating in orbit are engaged in serious research, as ridiculous as it might sound.

The Sexist Pseudoscience of Pick-Up Artists: The Dangers of “Alpha Male” Thinking
June 06, 2014

The weird anthropological world view of “alpha males” competing for “targets” is a nonsense that has bled out into other sexist discourse. 

The Dangerous New Scientific Racism
May 25, 2014

Why is the West rich and Africa poor? A new book suggests genetic differences are at play—reviving an old lie in a strangely prominent place.

A Teeny Moon Is The Galaxy's Best Hope For Extraterrestrial Life
And it's in our solar system
April 04, 2014

But does that matter for Earthlings?

The Science Behind Making Your Very Own James Franco-furter
March 07, 2014

A company called Bite Labs has set up a website offering the concept of “Celebrity Meat”, where cultures of cells scraped from famous people are grown, in vitro, before being mixed with cow and pig meat into salami sausages.

Giant Fungus Towers Will Take Over New York This Summer
February 07, 2014

This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com. Remember the fungus chair?

Stephen Hawking Stopped Believing in Black Holes
January 31, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. For a scientist whose career was made by his work on black holes, it might seem a little confusing to read that Stephen Hawking now thinks that they don’t exist.

Scientists Have Discovered 11,000-Year-Old Sexually Transmitted Dog Cancer
January 24, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Veterinary biologists have discovered that a sexually-transmitted cancer found in dogs around the world first originated 11,000 years ago, making it potentially the oldest living mammalian creature.

Prisons Are Now Using Scary, Untested Drugs to Execute Death Row Inmates
Unintended consequences of a boycott
January 14, 2014

“I feel my whole body burning.” These were the last words of an Oklahoma man executed under the death penalty last week using possibly expired drugs. Sound like cruel and unusual punishment?

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