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What does it tell you when someone says "I don't believe in evolution"?

Maybe not what you think, says Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale. In an interesting piece about the findings of a new Pew survey, …

Why the Arctic is drunk right now

Perhaps the best analogy yet for the insane cold weather now afflicting the U.S. came from science blogger Greg Laden, who created the viral image …

Global Warming

Bike-friendly Portland had zero cyclist fatalities in 2013! (Not for the first time, either)

The way it should always be<p>A transportation network is a complex thing. Millions of people walking, biking, and driving in all directions, brushing …

Commuting

Clean Air Rules Face Scrutiny as World’s Largest Emitter Develops Climate Plan

Changing Planet<p>Oral arguments were held Tuesday to determine the legality of a rule that regulates air pollution crossing state lines. Before the U.S. Supreme Court was the issue of whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority by designing state limits for air …

Oxytocin: The "Love Hormone" Might Also Help in Autism

A new study suggests oxytocin could benefit autistic kids. But is it ready for prime time?<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Anything nicknamed the "love hormone" probably needs a closer look and a dash of skepticism. After all, nothing in biology is simple.</b><p>But …

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Is Every Day Black Friday? How Climate Inaction And Hypermaterialism Betray Our Children

Black Friday has become an orgiastic celebration of hyper-materialism.<p>Black Friday is a sort of reverse “Hunger Games,” an annual ritualized …

Why It Makes No Sense To Call Wind Tax Credits ‘Welfare’

The Institute for Energy Research (IER) has a new study out arguing against tax credits for wind energy on very odd grounds.<p>Specifically, the study …

The Climate Change Act: Speaking Truth to Power?

When the Climate Change Act was passed, it was rightly promoted as a world-leading piece of legislation. One reason the Act was so ambitious was the high level of cross-party support it received. It was enacted by the Labour government, under pressure to do more on climate change by opposition …

Your science questions answered

<b>Why is it that leaves have so many different shapes?</b> asks Dieter<p>Despite their many shapes, leaves have certain things in common. "Leaves need to be much longer and wider than they are thick to intercept light for photosynthesis and allow gaseous exchange without losing too much water," says Dr …

Extreme science: checking weather and climate on lonely wild seas

Mountains of water are rolling towards us, covered in an army of huge breaking waves. Winds hitting 75mph are blowing the surface of the ocean away, and whatever is left is white with foam. The ship is facing directly into the wind, riding over the top of it all, juddering and bumping as it clings …

This Adorable Turtle Bot Will Help Underwater Archeologists

Look at his little fins!<p>Sure, there are plenty of UAVs and ROVs and other underwater robots. But these deep divers tend to be large and bulky, and can be something of a bull in a china shop. For that, the ARROWS project has turned to the adorably named (and equally cute-looking) U-CAT.<p>ARROWS is an …

How Scientists Could Watch Brain Chemicals Through The Skull

One team is trying to develop a non-invasive way of tracking neurotransmitters as they move through a living brain.<p>Researchers have discovered a way to see chemicals at work behind bone. In the future, they hope to develop their technique as a way of watching chemical messages as they blip through …

Spiders In Your Fruit: A Good Thing

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Last month, at a grocery store five minutes from my house, a TV reporter bought a container of red grapes that also held a black widow spider. It became local and then …

A Brief Tour of the Triassic

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>"Tour" is probably too grand a word for the scale of this comic, but while researching what was or was not plausible for this story (I know, really that all went out the window with the talking …

5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Actually Work

Leeches, lobotomies, and more<p>Thanks to vast improvements in hygiene, pharmaceuticals, and surgical techniques and devices, medical treatments today tend to be significantly less painful—and less deadly—than they were a century ago. Though the cures of yesteryear often seem brutally primitive, some, …

Finding Friends In Primate Places

Humans aren't the only ones who like companionship.<p>Just like the human versions, nonhuman primates are social creatures. They clean each other, cooperate with each other, help each other with eating. This year, a few studies added even more to what we know about primate relationships, and indeed, …

A Map Of Winds All Over The World

See high-speed winds and cyclones over the sea.<p>Aeolus, is that you? This is a map of winds on Earth, created from a mathematical model made by NASA. Scientists ran a complete simulation using the model, representing the movement of winds and other atmospheric phenomena on Earth from May 2005 to May …