Shrinking the World
There’s nothing like a good coincidence. Here are a coincidence expert’s favorites.
Texas’ Math Standards Look Suspiciously FamiliarThe state never adopted the Common Core. But its new math standards are very similar.
What Is Up With Cicadas?Why they come out so infrequently, what they do in the interim, and most importantly—are they edible?
We’re in Year Five of California’s DroughtThe state’s dead trees are elevating forest fire risks. And yes, climate change is to blame.
Scientists Are Punnier Than You ThinkEven serious researchers get punchy when writing up their results from time to time.
Decoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
Bullies Have a Trump CardAnti-bullying efforts need to address the stubborn problem of popular bullies.
Freeing Dogs With FencesVolunteering to build fences can help deliver dogs (and their owners) from chains.
We Need to Talk About Climate ChangeTragedies like the Fort McMurray fire make it more important, not less.
Lessons Learned From Nobel Laureate Harry KrotoThe scientist who passed away earlier this week was more than a chemist—he was an advocate and a mentor, too.
Their Next ActThe Ringling Brothers’ elephants are retiring—and moving to Florida to contribute to cancer research.
“Everyone” Downloads Research Papers IllegallyScience magazine just published a great piece on the utility of Sci-Hub. Unfortunately, its defense of its own business model is flawed.
On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a TreeIn an excerpt from her wildly popular book, Hope Jahren details her devotion to plants.
Why Does Great Music Give You the Chills?It’s probably thanks to evolution, but only two-thirds of people get them.
Fighting Climate Change Is Hard When You Live on a Natural Gas ReserveWhen even environmentalists sell the rights to their land, you know it’s bad.
How Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
The Secret Language of Campus SquirrelsBerkeley researchers read the body language of a twitchy, anxious mammal.
There’s Still Hope for the Great Barrier ReefFixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.
This Is Your Mind on BrainsWhy we’re so mesmerized by MRIs of lit-up brains, even though most of us have no clue what we’re looking at.
The Labeling ShortcutThe FDA should spend less time worrying about labels and more time better regulating the entire industry.
The High Schooler Behind the Mini-Brain GeneratorAn unconventional summer project may help shed light on how Zika affects developing babies’ brains.
It Doesn’t Matter If You Think It’s Nice OutOur understanding of global climate change needs to move beyond our personal experiences of weather.
Unfortunately, You Can’t Have a Lemur as a PetIt seems like it would be the best, but it would actually be the worst.
All Your Burning Questions About Weed, AnsweredDoes coughing get you high faster? Can your cat really get stoned? How would an adult find a dealer?