Science

The Science Behind a Laughter Epidemic and Other Ways that Humor Works
March 30, 2014

A conversation with the authors of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny reveals how to joke about terrorists without getting in trouble. 

Bill Nye, the Climate Guy
A kids' TV star is liberals' most effective spokesman against right-wing science skeptics
March 27, 2014

D.C. Democrats are often pretty bad at debating right-wing science skeptics. Be grateful that a kids' TV star has stepped into the void. 

An Interesting Theory That Could Explain Vladimir Putin's Risky Behavior
March 19, 2014

The decline of Soviet Union–era glory, of energy dominance, and of land itself—these are all losses that, according to prospect theory, could explain Putin's actions of late. 

Another Vapid Effort to Claim that Science and Religion Can Get Along
March 19, 2014

They just want it to be true! Which, if you ask a scientist, is not evidence that it is true. 

Some People Just Don't Like Music—and That Upsets a Lot of Evolutionary Theory
March 14, 2014

Science had assumed music was so universal that it must be hard-wired into us. Maybe not.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Is Still Missing. You Secretly Hope It Stays That Way.
March 14, 2014

It took a missing airplane—one of man's greatest technological innovations—to remind us that there's still some mystery left to humanity.

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.

Thanks to Bill Nye, Creationists Raised Enough Money to Build an Anti-Science Theme Park
The science guy won a debate—and subsidized the enemy
March 03, 2014

This is what happens when you engage with enemies of science: You win a debate—and underwrite their claptrap propaganda

The U.K. Understands How To Treat PTSD. Why Does The U.S. Lag Behind?
New research on soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
February 28, 2014

Two to seven percent of British soliders report PTSD. Twenty-one to twenty-nine percent of Americans display symptoms. What can America do to close this gap?

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