Biology is a spectrum
Life on Earth is complex and irreducible
Space futurism is stupid
There is no reason to think that billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk know what's best for humanity
The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory
To explain where SARS-CoV-2 came from, look at processes with scientific explanations and precedents
An anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing app that warns you when your friends are sick
A different kind of contact tracing sounds an alarm when people in your social circle are falling ill
These are the health effects of tear gas
Tear gas can kill, but exposure can also cause chronic respiratory difficulty and severe eye injuries for months and potentially years after
What’s happening in Texas is climate nihilism
The disastrous blackouts are the government admitting they don't care if some people die
The Moderna mRNA vaccine works against newly emerged COVID-19 mutants
Mutants like B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 carrying changes in the virus spike protein appear to help the virus spread, but not to evade currently available vaccines
How is the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine delivered to cells?
RNA is fragile, and the bloodstream a hostile place for foreign objects. How does the vaccine actually get where it needs to go?
The NIH is turning the human reference genome into a pangenome
An interview with the creative team behind "The Human Pangenome"
The protein Klotho could extend the life of the brain. Is that a good thing?
Klotho originates in the brain but the hype has spread worldwide
What is the COVID-19 polyclonal antibody treatment that President Trump took?
It's a mix of different antibodies that target the virus slightly differently for a combined effect
A potential sign of life has been discovered in the clouds of Venus
Scientists found phosphine in the atmosphere, a molecule commonly associated with life, but stressed that they had not discovered life itself
Can men be bisexual?
The US is deporting scientists. I’m one of them
ICE is using COVID-19 confusion as cover to force immigrant scientists out
The Trump administration puts transphobic pseudoscience into law
They call it science but it's nothing of the sort
Meet Lady Mary Montagu, who brought smallpox inoculation to England
This poet and essayist likely saved many lives from this deadly, disfiguring disease
And now some stories of scientists getting mansplained to
Being an expert in your field doesn't stop people from telling you what they think
No more coronavirus takes
Please I'm begging you
CDC confirms three person-to-person cases of coronavirus in the United States
The number includes a patient in Sacramento County, California, but it does not include 44 people from a cruise ship quarantined in Japan
Remembering Katherine Johnson. A space scientist's life in pictures
A critical scientist for the space program, passed away today at 101
Mars is hiding behind the Moon this morning
It's a twice-a-year occultation; like the eclipse, but it's Mars, and there's no shadow
Don't believe the conspiracy theories you hear about coronavirus and HIV
Especially if you work for the New York Times
Watch a Dragon launch towards the International Space Station today!
Takeoff is at 12:30PM EST. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is resupplying the ISS with stuff for new experiments and tech demos
Conquistadors brought disease to the pumpkins and squash of the Americas
Cucumber disease, brought by invaders, jumped to native agriculture
A continuously updated list of bad genetics studies
Is there a gene for being a cat person? A dog person? A mean person? A selfish person?
A tracker is keeping tabs on the Trump administration's assault on science
The Silencing Science Tracker has been compiling records since 2018
Catch Mercury crossing in front of the Sun, or wait 'til 2032 for your next chance
From about 7:35AM to 1PM EST, a tiny dot will chug across the Sun
Climate strikers send a message: "Put your planet and its people over profit"
"We are supposed to be the 'leaders of tomorrow', but are being forced to become the leaders of today because our current leaders refuse to hear our cries"
The water supply for billions of people is drying up
The cryosphere is melting, sea levels are rising, and oceans are acidifying, says upcoming IPCC report
Climate change is going to upset global food supplies and make Dust Bowl summers look tame
Yes, the IPCC report says it's that bad.
Meet Stephanie Kwolek, the woman who gave us bulletproof vests and yoga pants
The long-serving DuPont chemist invented kevlar and contributed to spandex
Meet Annie Easley, the barrier-breaking mathematician who helped us explore the solar system
She overcame life-long racial discrimination to complete a long and impactful career at NASA
Genetically modified crops are way more common than you'd think
It's not just about what you eat – GM crops make their way into everything
Carl Zimmer explores the mysteries and contradictions of genetics
In 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh,' Zimmer reveals the lawlessness of our genes
Charles Darwin, made flesh and tedious
A new book humanizes the legend, but few will want to read it
Should peer review stop being anonymous?
Prominent researchers can take the gamble, but junior scientists risk retribution
Will genetic choice make sex obsolete?
Anyone hoping to shop for blemish-free, farm-to-crib babies with no diseases and a poet’s soul will be disappointed
Henry Greely, bioethicist and attorney, on why genetic tech isn't so scary
'I probably wouldn’t regulate anything except possibly parents'
Science brawls, explained by a scientist
Here's what scientists are feuding about online this week