And Martians Shall Save the University
July 09, 2013
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.
Jesus and Moses Went on Cleanses
June 21, 2013
Scientifically sound resolution: Avoid this idiotic modern craze
Bikesharing, Rape Police, and the Poverty Trap
June 13, 2013
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 Lethality of Loneliness
May 13, 2013
For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?
Sympathy for the Stay-at-Home Mom
March 21, 2013
Thanks to the ever-expanding modern work-week, opting to stay home with the kids is a different choice than it was twenty or thirty years ago.
The Corporate Mystique
March 10, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg and the folly of Davos-style feminism.
Why Do Grandmothers Exist?
January 29, 2013
By the cold logic of evolutionary science, post-menopausal women lack obvious utility. That they manage to attain old age requires explanation.
How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society
December 06, 2012
We are having kids later than ever. We have no idea what we're getting into.
Even Scientists Dream of Time Travel
September 17, 2012
Time moves forward and fixes your body into place. An embryo divides; one cell becomes many. These cells divide again; a brain, arms, and fingernails are formed. You’re born; you grow; you look and behave in ways that scream you. How does this happen? Your genes tell your body what to do, using proteins as instructions. But what tells your genes what to do? Among other things, your epigenes do. These are biochemical tags that switch your DNA’s protein-making ability on and off without changing the DNA itself.