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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 …

World History

Our Unfounded Medical Optimism

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 People Fought the USSR’s Descent Into Pseudoscience

<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 …

Josef Stalin

Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real

It seemed obvious, at first, that Jade Wu was getting punked. In the fall of 2009, the Cornell University undergraduate had come across a posting for …

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 More Place Settings at the Periodic Table

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

Chemistry

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

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 …

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

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 …

Scientists Stand Up To Congressional Attacks

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, …

Climate Change

How Narratives of World War II Differ in Japan and the U.S.

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 …

Political Science

Ken Ham Really Doesn’t Understand Science

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

Bill Nye

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 …

Art

Half of Your Friends Probably Don’t Think of You As a Friend

Here’s a fun exercise: Take a minute and count up all your friends. Not just the close ones, or the ones you’ve seen recently — I mean every single …

Neat

Was Mathematics Discovered or Invented? Find Out Here

The Uses of Envy

We’re used to thinking of envy in very negative terms. But it’s an emotion we should learn to accept and – in a calculated way – learn from.From The …

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 …

Drug Addiction

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 …

Scientist vs. Creationist

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 …

Paleontology

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 Adopted an Indian Son. Does That Really Mean He Felt Compassion for Indians?

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. …

Man Accused of Punching a Seal

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 Hawaiian …

Crime

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 …

Quantum Mechanics

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 …

The Latest: Elephants give final Ringling Bros. performance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on elephants performing for the last time at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local):<p>9:15 p.m.<p>Elephants have delivered their final performance for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.<p>Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson closed Sunday's …

Dogs

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 …

Space Travel

How Ending the Tampon Tax Became Viral Legislation

Before Greta Johnson was elected to the Ohio state legislature in 2014, she was “admittedly naive about what women are facing systematically in …

Viral