You just don't understand sexual cannibalism

We call those deadly spiders with the red hourglass shapes on their abdomens "black widows" because they eat their mates as part of the sex act. But black widows are far from the only spiders who sexually cannibalize, and some insects and fish do it too. It's just a natural part of some animals' reproductive process.… » 1/23/13 10:10am 1/23/13 10:10am

Eat chocolate. Lose weight. Yeah, right.

By now you've heard the news: people who eat chocolate are thinner than those who don't. It's the perfect news story, and one that a lot of outlets ran with β€” ourselves included β€” but it's also the kind of piece that science writer Deborah Blum says can contribute to public cynicism about science and what it does. » 3/30/12 4:00pm 3/30/12 4:00pm