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America is plagued by experts without expertise

On-air ‘experts’ are more disconnected from their demographics than ever – and their lack of expertise has become glaring in the age of Trump<p>The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a …

Political Science

It's Time to Let Go of Tired Teaching Habits

Guest post by Aric Foster<p>The first time a grading guru told me that points and percentages were unhealthy and perhaps immoral, I was first shocked, …

Teaching

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Political Science

1912 Newspaper Article Anticipates Anthropogenic Global Warming

CLAIM<p>A 14 August 1912 article from a New Zealand newspaper contains a brief story about how burning coal might produce future warming by adding …

Learning

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

The Brain

In science, follow the money – if you can

In science as in politics, most people agree that transparency is essential. Top journals now require authors to disclose their funding sources so that readers can judge the possibility of bias, and the British Medical Journal recently required authors to disclose their data as well so that experts …

When we hype our science, discoveries are diminished

<i>Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of</i> Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?<p>Scientific revolutions are everywhere. There is the stem cell revolution, the microbiome revolution, the nanotech revolution, the …

Peer-Reviewed
Clinical Trials

Kublai Khan And The Mongols Were Terrible Polluters

Their ancient silver mines are still poisoning farmland in China<p>Though the heyday of the Mongol empire was well over 700 years ago, the legend of the mighty Khans persists to this day, recorded in popular culture and, maybe, pollutants.<p>A new study published in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i> …

Pollution

Misunderstanding the Humanities

Finding Philosophy

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.25.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …

Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference

From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb<p>In the latest version of America's long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the …

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Universe

What killed off the giant beasts – climate change or man?

Earth's 'megafauna' vanished as tribes spread. Now palaeontologists are asking if early humans were the cause<p>They were some of the strangest animals to walk the Earth: wombats as big as hippos, sloths larger than bears, four-tusked elephants, and an armadillo that would have dwarfed a VW Beetle. …

South Korea and the U.S. Reacted Much Differently to a Credit Card Theft Scandal

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Residents in both the U.S. and South Korea were recently hit with a major security breach that let …

Artificial sweeteners found in river water and drinking supplies

Canadian researchers think they have found a great way to trace the travels of treated sewage after it is discharged into rivers: Follow the artificial sweeteners.<p>The scientists found elevated concentrations of four sweeteners - cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame – in water samples …

Many private college presidents make more than $1 million, report says

Presidents at 42 private colleges scaled the $1 million annual mark in total pay and benefits in 2011 — a slight bump from the year before, according to a survey based on the latest federal tax information from the 500 private schools with the largest endowments.<p>Total median compensation was …

We must become a multi-planet species

The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival.<p>One person who would like to see humans living outside the Earth in our lifetime is former astronaut Jeff Hoffman. The technology to reach nearby planets is …

Carbon Dioxide

5 Mysterious Ruins That Predate Known Civilization?

Artifacts and ruins discovered all over the world have made many scientists question whether the currently accepted understanding of prehistoric …

Archaeology

Mood of 'realism' about future deal at climate talks

<b>Negotiators from around 190 countries are meeting in Warsaw to try to advance steps towards a global climate agreement.</b><p>Participants say there is a growing sense of realism about the scale of what can be achieved in any new deal.<p>But there are concerns that the process could become bogged down in …

Climate

Nazi anatomy history: The origins of conservatives’ anti-abortion claims that rape can’t cause pregnancy.

1 “Sources of Material”<p>In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head …

Profile Of A Climate Change Denier

A new Boston Globe profile rounds up a decade of work in Washington by astrophysicist Willie Soon.<p>The vast majority of scientists think climate change is real, serious (real serious?), and human-caused, but yesterday, <i>The Boston Globe</i> took a closer look at one who doesn't. William Soon, an …

Harvard

It’s time to adapt to unstoppable global warming, scientists say

In this 2012 file photo, a lineman works to repair storm damage to a utility pole in Breezy Point, NY. John Makely<p>Even if the world's 7 billion people magically stop burning fossil fuels and chopping down forests today, the greenhouse gases already emitted to the atmosphere will warm the planet by …

Climate Change

Scientists Estimate 20 Billion Earth-Like Planets In Our Galaxy

A new study suggests there could be far more Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars than once thought, some of which might even harbor life.<p>A team of astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, used the Kepler space telescope to survey …

Half a million years ago, proto-men recycled, say Israeli scientists

If you thought recycling was just a modern phenomenon championed by environmentalists— think again. There is mounting evidence that hundreds of …

Anthropology