Science

The Volume-Driven Life
Imagine how much happier you’d be if you could just adjust the sound
July 04, 2013

Imagine how much happier you’d be if you could just adjust the sound.

Jesus and Moses Went on Cleanses
That doesn't mean you should
June 21, 2013

Scientifically sound resolution: Avoid this idiotic modern craze

Explaining the Global Warming Hiatus
Grappling with climate-change nuance in a toxic political environment
June 18, 2013

Its a climate-change mystery: As global warming has plateaued, scientists are more certain than ever about the long term trend. But where did the heat go?

Did Ritalin Make Kids in Quebec Dumber?
June 14, 2013

ADHD meds like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Vyvanse have been called "smart pills" for their ability to bestow superhuman powers of concentration. In the U.S.

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.

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