Judith Shulevitz
Science Editor

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
We now know how it can ravage our body and brain
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
An argument about work, life, and the modern calendar
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
Sheryl Sandberg and the folly of Davos-style feminism
March 10, 2013

Sheryl Sandberg and the folly of Davos-style feminism.

Why Do Grandmothers Exist?
Solving an evolutionary mystery
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
The scary consequences of the grayest generation.
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.

Defusing the War of Words Over Organic Food
September 12, 2012

After another shrill battle over organic food, meet a scientist who's found a less polarizing way to think about the future of farming.

The Re-Animator
June 04, 2012

Peter Carey's The Chemistry of Tears takes on the history of technology, contrasting the germination of the modern machine in the tempestuous dreams o

October 12, 2011

The America of Russell Banks’s fiction has always been a bleak, punitive place, but in Lost Memory of Skin, its harshness has attained near-mythologic