Articles

02/05/18

Empathy and bias are more intertwined than we often think

Studying empathy can sometimes seem like a look at how self-involved we are

Prabarna Ganguly

Neuroscience

Northeastern University

Creationism helped push climate skepticism into classrooms

Science education has become a political issue, but civic engagement can still work wonders

Julia York

Polar Science

University of Texas at Austin

02/01/18

Four facts about Marie Tharp, the woman whose art mapped the bottom of the sea

She discovered the Earth's 'backbone' even though men wouldn't let her on a ship for 17 years

Cassie Freund

Ecology

Wake Forest University

01/31/18

BRCA genes are more complicated than most people think

Genes long considered risk factors are about much more than cancer: they help DNA repair

Rachel Aronoff

Molecular Microbiology

01/30/18

Your mom is right: you probably need more sleep

Burning the midnight oil is likely burning you out, more and more science suggests

Jack Barton

Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Manchester

01/29/18

Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

Scientists found cocaine – and a lot of other chemicals – in Minnesota snow

Anna Robuck

Marine Science

University of Rhode Island

Comment 1 peer comment

To predict the future of Southern California's seas, scientists are looking to the past

The west's dramatic coastlines have masked rising tides, but that doesn’t mean the future is dry

Elisa Bonnin

Oceanography

University of Washington

01/26/18

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, an inspiration to scientists

Le Guin was a testament to how fiction reveals truth, empathy, and the beauty of knowledge

01/24/18

How paper towels could revolutionize DNA analysis

A new method could make it more affordable to diagnose diseases

Jennifer Tsang

Microbiology

Comment 2 peer comments

01/23/18

Cassie Freund

Ecology

Wake Forest University

Comment 2 peer comments

01/22/18

Chameleons do more than change color – their bones glow in the dark

Famous for camouflage, their visual communication turns out to run even deeper

Brittney Borowiec

Environmental Physiology

McMaster University

Evolution is a lot messier than we thought

Cells evolved haphazardly, not in one overall arc

Melanie Silvis

Molecular Microbiology

UC San Francisco

Comment 2 peer comments

01/18/18

Science doesn't need to be so complicated. The answer: more sensible statistics

Let the battle between human psychology and science have statisticians' supervision

Irineo Cabreros

Applied Mathematics

Princeton University

Comment 2 peer comments

01/17/18

How yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions took over New Zealand

A centuries-long cold snap changed the history of humans and wildlife

Jerald Pinson

Botany

University of Florida

Comment 1 peer comment

How scientists are mapping the building blocks of life

A microscopic moonshot hopes to revolutionize biology

Josh Peters

Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology