Turning Twitter Procrastination into Literature
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 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.
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.
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.
“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?