Science

The Supreme Court Reveals its Ignorance of Genetics
June 13, 2013

The Supreme Court decided today that human gene sequences cannot be patented, invalidating some of Myriad Genetics's patent claims on the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2.

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?

Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy Was the Right Decision for Her, But Not for Everyone
May 13, 2013

I don’t have a whole lot in common with Angelina Jolie, but we do share a terrifying family history of breast cancer. Like Jolie, I lost my mother to cancer—mine at 49, Jolie’s at 56.

TMI Science
How much do you want to know about your gut?
April 01, 2013

We are in collective denial about what ingesting a meal really entails.

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.

In Praise of Empty Souls—Can We Learn From Psychopaths?
December 14, 2012

I can say with a fair degree of certainty that there is no wisdom in psychopathy.

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.

Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir
November 29, 2012

Cahalan understands her memoir as an illumination of absence more than an act of retrospection.

Why IQs Rise
October 25, 2012

In spite of his new book’s title, Flynn does not suggest a simple yes or no answer to this question.

The Pseudoscience Wars: Who Safeguards Science?
October 15, 2012

Todd Akin’s prominent takedown was just the latest example of America rising up to fend off the scientifically deluded.

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