Divided Minds, Specious Souls

There is a common idea: because the mind seems unified, it really is. Many go only a bit further and call that unified mind...

Blogging out of Balance

In 2005, when Janet Stemwedel started her blog Adventures in Ethics in Science, she used the pseudonym “Dr. Free-Ride.” The San Jose State University...

Numbers Don’t Lie, But People Do

“Proofiness” is the art of using bogus mathematical arguments to prove what you know in your heart is true—even when it’s not. It’s a...

Building Science Leaders

Several years ago, Donald Kennedy, the former president of Stanford University, saw that young scientists at his school were having a hard time distilling...

The Forgotten Domain

All of life can be divided into three domains: Eukarya (including plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms) Bacteria, and Archaea. But take a look...

G is for Goldilocks

On Wednesday, based on observations from large telescopes in Chile and Hawaii, astronomers announced that the Earth has, if not a twin, at least...