We regret to inform you, but regret is not remorse
Technology now lets you spy on your kids all the time. Why you shouldn't.
The creepy new technology of spying on your kids
The complicated science of discussing risk
Plenty of people deny science. But there are tricks that make communication work.
Margaret Atwood and the anti-utopian reading that brings tomorrow’s blistered hellscape today.
It's the most pernicious cliché of our time
It’s the most pernicious cliché of our time.
By focusing too much on weight loss.
Why do we need the liberal arts? Because it gives us sci-fi
Why do we need the liberal arts? Because it gives us sci-fi.
There’s been a lot of chatter these past few weeks about an Atlantic article by Jean Twenge called “How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?” In it she debunks some of the research underlying the claim that women’s fertility declines steeply after 35. (The killer point: the main data set is “French birth records from 1670 to 1830.”) Good for her! Would that there were more biostatisticians out there holding studies up to scrutiny, doing God’s work.
That doesn't mean you should
Scientifically sound resolution: Avoid this idiotic modern craze
What does New York City’s new bike-share program have in common with the special police forces being set up in India to protect female tourists from rape? The answer can be found in Margaret Atwood’s recent science-fiction trilogy: Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, and Maddadam (the third volume will be published in September). In these dystopic novels, cities have been divided into two parts. There are the gated and firmly policed compounds inhabited by scientists and the executives of biotech corporations, and there is everywhere else. If you aren’t a “compounder,” a happy inhabitant of one such amenity-rich compound, then you’re a “pleeblander,” a plebian relegated to the pleeblands, whose streets are filled with garbage and dominated by gangs, themselves run by corrupt private security forces totally uninterested in your safety or wellbeing.