8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common… » 1/14/15 10:25am 1/14/15 10:25am

The Most Hilarious Proofreading Mistake in a Scientific Paper Ever

This is an actual quote from a scientific paper, published recently — and clearly without editing. Apparently the authors didn't think much of one of the papers they were citing. And their publisher didn't bother to edit out their pre-publication snark. » 11/12/14 10:20am 11/12/14 10:20am

Why The Sudden Surge Of Retractions At Nature Magazine?

In past years, the peer-reviewed journal Nature has had to retract scientific papers at a rate of about one or two each year. But in the past two years it's had to retract over a dozen. So what's going on, science? » 10/02/14 11:20am 10/02/14 11:20am

Evidence For The Big Bang Theory May Have Just Been Dust

Earlier this year — and in a discovery that screamed Nobel Prize — Harvard physicists announced that they'd found evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, potential proof that our universe began with a bang. The claim was duly criticized, but a new analysis may be the most damning yet. » 9/22/14 8:20am 9/22/14 8:20am

These Simple Tips Will Make Your Science Visualizations Rock

There are so many, many ways to graphically convey scientific data. But depending on how this information is presented, it can be perceived differently by different people — if not completely inaccurately. Here are 10 simple rules to help you convey your data more effectively. » 9/12/14 8:00am 9/12/14 8:00am

Recently Discovered Big Bang "Smoking Gun" Could Be A Bust

Eight weeks ago, physicists announced that they'd discovered evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, potential proof that our universe began with a bang and inflated from there. But the most significant cosmological discovery in years might just be an experimental artifact. » 5/13/14 7:20am 5/13/14 7:20am

What Is It With Scientists And Their Reluctance To Study Vaginas?

When it comes to scientific studies of genitalia, whether it be human or otherwise, there's an unquestionable bias towards penises. As a new study shows, it's problem that's actually getting worse — and it's getting in the way of science. » 5/07/14 2:20pm 5/07/14 2:20pm

Japanese Institute To Check 20,000 Published Papers For Irregularities

It's the science scandal that keeps on giving. After Japanese researchers came under scrutiny for questionable data and duplicated images, the RIKEN institute is asking lab and research group leaders to check all of their previous publications for plagiarism and doctored images. » 5/06/14 6:00pm 5/06/14 6:00pm

Lab Mice Become Stressed And Timid Around Men — But Not Women

In what is being considered a serious problem for biomedical research, scientists from McGill University have discovered that rodents become stressed and more timid when they can smell a male researcher, while the presence of a woman has no effect on them. » 4/29/14 7:20am 4/29/14 7:20am

Which scientific ideas do we need to get rid of?

It's the start of the new year, and that means it's time for the Edge's annual Big Question — and as always, it's a provocative one. Nearly 170 prominent thinkers were asked: "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?" Here's what they said. » 1/14/14 4:00pm 1/14/14 4:00pm

Nope. Oxytocin isn't going to become the "trust me" drug.

Oxytocin is often referred to as the "trust hormone," a claim that was reinforced by a 2005 study in which participants became more trusting after it was administered via a nasal spray. Trouble is, few studies have been able to reproduce this result, prompting at least one neuroscientist to suggest it's high-time we… » 12/18/13 8:40am 12/18/13 8:40am

A Nobel winner has declared a boycott of top science journals, including Nature, Cell, and Science. Biologist Randy Schekman says leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process, encouraging trendy research, and taking bribes. It's a "tyranny," he says, that must be broken. » 12/11/13 2:40pm 12/11/13 2:40pm

Joe Rogan tells io9 why you should question the !@#$ out of everything

Though he’s primarily known as a UFC commentator and comedian, Joe Rogan is also an outspoken advocate of science. In his new show, which is set to premiere on Syfy later this month, he critically investigates a series of strange and unexplained phenomenon. We recently caught up with him to learn more. » 7/18/13 12:35pm 7/18/13 12:35pm

RIP Elaine Morgan, popularizer of the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis

Elaine Morgan, author of the highly influential The Descent of Woman, has died at the age of 92 from a stroke. She will be remembered for challenging male-centric theories of human evolution, and for promoting the idea that early humans, for a short time, began adapting to aquatic life. » 7/16/13 2:45pm 7/16/13 2:45pm

The Top 10 Claims Made by Creationists to Counter Scientific Theories

One of the most challenging tasks for the modern day creationist to is reconcile the belief in a 6,000 year old Earth with the ever-growing mountain of scientific evidence pointing to a vastly different conclusion — namely a universe that's 13.5 billion years old and an Earth that formed 4.5 billion years ago. So,… » 12/05/12 10:00am 12/05/12 10:00am

Controversial study linking genetically modified corn to cancer under…

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology is indicating that rats fed on GM maize have a significantly heightened risk of developing tumors. In turn, the French government has asked a health watchdog to conduct an investigation, possibly leading to an EU-wide suspension of the… » 9/21/12 7:20am 9/21/12 7:20am

"Science proves ideas," and other misinterpretations of the scientific…

The scientific process is the most effective method humans have for learning about the natural world, yet there remain numerous misconceptions about its application, even among scientists. » 6/18/12 8:00am 6/18/12 8:00am