The Race To Neutralize A Cunning Killer

08/21/14See Comments

The deadliest animal in the world isn’t the shark, the tiger, or the elephant: It’s the diminutive female Anopheles mosquito, which deals out hundreds of thousands of...[Read More]


Scientists: Let’s Stop Testing Quack Alternative Medicine

08/21/14See Comments

Proponents of alternative medicines like homeopathy and reiki are making a play for scientific legitimacy in labs across the nation, despite little evidence of efficacy found...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: Gregory Hickok’s ‘The Myth of Mirror Neurons’

08/20/14See Comments

Mirror neurons seemed like a revelation when they were first discovered—cells that light up both when you move to grasp an object and when you...[Read More]


Could Snakes, Toads, and Scorpions Treat Cancer?

08/19/14See Comments

Generally, most of us try to get through life without having to cross paths with a venomous animal. But the dangerous substances in a snake’s...[Read More]


Is This Bomb Big Enough?

08/17/14See Comments

Morale is still low at Los Alamos as episode 4 of Manhattan dawns: The implosion group is finding the loss of Sidney Lao’s mathematical expertise...[Read More]


This Week in Science: Stardust Hitchhikers, Butterfly-headed Pterosaurs, and a Robot Swarm

08/15/14See Comments

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of this week’s most notable and quotable items. Seven grains of rock scooped up...[Read More]


Dungeons & Dragons & Probabilities: A Rolling Intro To Statistics

08/14/14See Comments

Dungeons & Dragons has introduced many a young kid to the joys of storytelling, hanging around in basements without parental supervision, and math. The dice...[Read More]


Cinema Peer Review: ‘Into the Storm’

08/14/14See Comments

New disaster flick Into the Storm is overwrought and predictable, but it does get some tornado science right. Sharknado this is not; the movie is...[Read More]

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How The Frack Do They Do It? Hydraulic Fracturing 101

08/14/14See Comments

Recently in New York City, protesters took to the boardwalk in the Rockaways to voice opposition to the Rockaway Lateral Project, which aims to install...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Wallace J. Nichols’s ‘Blue Mind’

08/13/14See Comments

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols is, unsurprisingly, fascinated with water. But his interest isn’t limited to sea creatures; Nichols is fascinated by how water attracts...[Read More]