Two Leading Biologists Discuss The Next Step In Saving The Planet

Edward O. Wilson made his name by arguing that human society and the natural world are governed by the same principles. Sean B. Carroll made his name by unifying the study of humans and animals, showing that development in both is driven by the same fundamental molecular and genetic processes. » 5/02/15 11:15am Yesterday 11:15am

Watch An Emormous 'Plasma Snake' Erupt From The Sun

Over the course of April 28–29, a gigantic filament, briefly suspended above the surface* of the sun, broke off and created an enormous snakelike eruption of plasma that extended millions of miles out into space. The event was both powerful and beautiful, another demonstration of the incredible energy and activity of… » 5/01/15 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

The Buzzkills At The British Medical Journal Want To Ruin Your Weekend

British Public Health Doctor Fiona Sim says it is time that alcoholic beverages be treated the same way as other food items in the EU. Labels on alcohol products should indicate caloric value in addition to other nutritional information. Most adults who drink, she says, are quite unaware of the energy content of their… » 5/01/15 2:20pm Friday 2:20pm

How Should We Address Science's Selective Memory?

At Slate, Ben Lillie reflects on the ongoing battle between those who would build a colossal, $1.5-billion telescope atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and the native Hawaiians who regard the dormant volcano as a sacred place. The conflict, says Lillie, is emblematic of a larger, and largely unspoken, truth about science: that… » 5/01/15 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

We're Too Optimistic About The Power Of Optimism

So say the results of a new study out of UC Berkeley, anyway. Three different experiments show we resort to optimism when we believe it can improve our chances of success, but are too hopeful about its actual benefits. Optimism is still important, say the researchers, but we should also focus on knowledge and approach. » 4/30/15 2:40pm Thursday 2:40pm

Female Orgasm Explained With Fifth Grade Science Experiments

Talking about sex doesn’t have to be X-rated – and in some cases, it shouldn’t be. That’s why I love this video from Wired’s Data Attack team, which illustrates facts and statistics about women’s orgasms using classic elementary school experiments. You’ll never look at the egg-in-a-bottle experiment the same way again.
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Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

This just in from the land of great sexism: two female scientists had a manuscript rejected by a peer-reviewed journal because they didn’t ask a man for help. An unnamed peer reviewer for the journal PLoS One suggested that Drs. Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head find male co-authors—any men at all—for a paper they’d… » 4/30/15 3:20pm Thursday 3:20pm

A Glimpse Inside The Secretive World Of Human Cannonballs

Once she has lowered herself into the mouth of the cannon and slid down to the base of the barrel, Gemma “The Jet” Kirby performs a series of breath-synchronized movements that seem more suited to yoga or lamaze than to one of the deadliest stunts in circus history. This sequence is the culmination of hours of… » 4/30/15 11:32am Thursday 11:32am