Cassie Armstrong

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How Many Died in the Bombing of Dresden?

The question of how many people died in the World War II Allied bombing of Dresden has been politically charged for decades. Now, a commission of …

Charlie Gard’s saga shows how we overestimate new medicine.

The parents of Charlie Gard announced on Monday that they’d given up on treating their 11-month-old child, who suffers from a rare and deadly gene …

Medicine

How Khrushchev’s daughter saved the fox-dogs of Siberia.

<i>Reprinted (in modified form) with permission from</i> How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started …

Communist Party

Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real

Which means science is broken.<p>May 17, 2017 Cover Story<p>It seemed obvious, at first, that Jade Wu was getting punked. In the fall of 2009, the Cornell …

Psychology

What Milgram’s Shock Experiments Really Mean

In 2010 I worked on a <i>Dateline NBC</i> television special replicating classic psychology experiments, one of which was Stanley Milgram's famous shock …

Psychology

Four new elements get their names proposed.

Well, this doesn’t happen terribly often: Scientists recently created/discovered four new elements, and the proposed names have just been …

Chemistry

Don’t let the Nobel prize fool you. Economics is not a science | Joris Luyendijk

The award glorifies economists as tellers of timeless truths, fostering hubris and leading to disaster<p>Business as usual. That will be the implicit message when the Sveriges Riksbank announces this year’s winner of the “Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”, to give it its full …

Economics

How peer reviewers might hold the key to making science more transparent | Pete Etchells

A new initiative published this week outlines how scientists can make a change to open science practices at an individual level<p>Open science – broadly, the idea that scientific papers, data and materials should be freely available and accessible to all – is an easy concept to talk about, but a …

The Neuroscience of Mathematical Beauty

<i>Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty” -- Bertrand Russell</i><p>The latest neuroscience of aesthetics suggests that the …

Mathematics

Congressperson Lamar Smith continues his attacks on science.

To the surprise of no one, Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is continuing his unfounded attack on science, ratcheting it up even higher than before. This time, …

The U.S. and Japan have very different memories of World War II.

On Tuesday, President Obama announced his decision to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in August 1945. Obama …

Creationist Ken Ham tweeted a series of very bad claims meant to be scientific.

In 2014, popular science communicator Bill Nye “debated” creationist Ken Ham in a live webcast on YouTube. The event went pretty much as expected; …

Wassily Kandinsky Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works

Synopsis<p>One of the pioneers of abstract modern art, Wassily Kandinsky exploited the evocative interrelation between color and form to create an …

Was Mathematics Discovered or Invented? Find Out Here

A question that has baffled scientists for centuries, a question whose answer doesn't seem quite straightforward - was mathematics discovered or …

The Uses of Envy

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And …

Psychology

Prince’s death reveals we have no idea what “addiction” really means.

Although many of the facts surrounding the death of Prince remain to be established, one thing is clear: He had been treated for an extended period …

Prosthetics

Insults and Ads: How Gender Hurts Trump but Doesn’t Lift Clinton

Donald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton is playing “the women’s card.” But evidence suggests that if anything is making gender a potent issue in this campaign, it’s Mr. Trump’s words, not Mrs. Clinton’s.<p>How do we know? New data on the emotional engagement and effectiveness of different campaign …

Stop Policing the N-Word

Many people are uncomfortable that Larry Wilmore joshingly addressed President Barack Obama as “my nigga” at the White House Correspondents Dinner on …

Texas’ Board of Education will streamline its science standards this summer—here’s what could happen.

From Islam to evolution, the Texas State Board of Education is one of the most consistent combatants in the culture war over what we should teach our …

How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones

If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do …

Andrew Jackson’s adopted son Lyncoya: Why did Jackson bring home a Creek Indian?

In the wake of the Treasury Department’s announcement last week that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, Sen. …

Native Americans

Man Accused of Punching a Seal

Wildlife Watch<p>In this week’s crime blotter: a seal attack caught on video, a huge illegal logging bust, and an animal skull smuggling incident.<p>Here’s something disturbing: a beachgoer attacking a marine mammal. That’s exactly what a video documented on Tuesday night at Salt Pond Beach Park, on the …

Your Simple (Yes, Simple) Guide to Quantum Entanglement

An aura of glamorous mystery attaches to the concept of quantum entanglement, and also to the (somehow) related claim that quantum theory requires …

How to Avoid Getting Angry: 3 Secrets from Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Original Tintin Art Fetches $1.2 Million at Auction

Two pages from one of Herge’s Tintin comics sold at auction at Artcurial yesterday for €1.05 million ($1.2 million). While not a record, the price …

SpaceX Plans to Send Spacecraft to Mars in 2018

The company aims to send modified versions of its Dragon capsules to the red planet as part of a long-term goal of getting humans to Mars.<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk has famously said he wants to die on Mars—just not on impact. Today, the spaceflight company announced plans to begin sending Red Dragon …