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June 5, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about what science means to broader culture today. When I hear people say “I believe in science!” or wearing a “Science! It Works!” shirt, I always want to ask them: What do you mean when you say “science”? What do you think science does? What is your myth of science? […]

May 28, 2018

So It’s Come To This: A Flat Earth Column The flat earth “theory” was the subject of one of the earliest scientific wagers, in which a bet is made on the outcome of an experiment. In March of 1870, Oxford dropout and flat Earth creationist John Hampden issued a challenge in the journal Scientific Opinion, […]

May 28, 2018

A research team at Victoria University has uncovered a link demonstrating how Earth’s orbit and motion had an effect on the evolution of life. Their approach brings together techniques from geology, biology, and astronomy to give scientists a better picture of the history of life on our planet. Professor James Crampton and his research team […]

May 14, 2018

On the evening of March 20 2018, Arizona resident Elaine Herzberg was crossing the street with her bicycle and was struck by an autonomous (self-driving) car. The car was owned and operated by Uber, manned, but not “driven”, by one of their employees. Herzberg later died from her injuries in hospital. This incident marks the […]

April 30, 2018

Your Homo sapiens sapiens body is part of a feedback loop responding to all kinds of biological, psychological, and cultural processes. These all have to be taken into account when trying to produce a better picture of how we work, both physically and mentally. But sometimes you just want an easy answer. We thought we […]

April 9, 2018

Minor spoilers for Annihilation follow. As a biology graduate and a fan of psychological horror flicks, Annihilation could only be more my jam if they sold it in jars. Despite a few missteps in execution (why doesn’t anyone in the film wear gloves?!?), director Alex Garland has made one of the most scientist-friendly films since […]

March 26, 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking was arguably Einstein’s successor. While there will never a figure as unique or unparalleled as he was, his legacy as both a physicist and as a spokesperson for science and the value of knowledge created a path that many can follow. One of the most interesting pieces of discourse to appear after […]

March 19, 2018

Science is the method by which we try to understand our place in the natural world. When our ability to comprehend something exceeds our ability to observe it, science allows us to bridge that gap. Build a telescope to observe a planet. Create a collider to bring a theoretical element into existence. Develop a spectrum […]

March 5, 2018

I can think of no better way to relaunch this column than talking about launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy on February 6th, one of the largest commercial rockets ever launched, and proof of the viability of reusable rockets. Over two million people watched the Youtube livestream as Elon Musk, a true showman, chose to forgo […]