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Did Life Sign the Guest Book on Mars?
If life exists on Mars, it still hasn’t showed itself—but recent evidence from the Red Planet increasingly supports the ...
Why Doctors Are Drowning in Medical School Debt
It’s four o’clock on a roasting Wednesday last July. I am a resident physician at Yale University, and I am sitting beside my ...
The "Woodstock of Physics" Is Finally Living Up to Its Promise
In 1987, I was a postdoctoral researcher on the hunt for a permanent job in physics. So of course, I made a point to attend ...
Fat Is Not the Problem—Fat Stigma Is
"Obesity is the biggest threat to the health of our nation,” proclaims the chief of epidemiology at a major medical school on ...
How Poetry Can Help Communicate Science
At first glance, poetry might seem to have very little to offer science, other than a few choice compliments or cursory ...
To Fix the Reproducibility Crisis, Rethink How We Do Experiments
It is now widely acknowledged by the scientific community that science is suffering from a reproducibility crisis. An article ...
Taking the Bias Out of Pain Diagnosis
Broken bones, migraines and stomach aches have wildly different causes, yet patients with any of these conditions and more ...
Science Means Not Knowing
What’s the hardest and also the greatest part about being a scientist? Realizing that there is so much we don’t know. As ...
When the Moon Was a Monster
Fifty years ago this week, an estimated 600 million people sat transfixed, wreathed in the glow of cathode-ray tubes, as Neil ...
1,000 Years of Congruent Numbers
On our most recent episode of My Favorite Theorem, my cohost Kevin Knudson and I talked with University of Montreal math ...
Who Should Pay for “Moon Shots”?
In July, 1945, Vannevar Bush addressed a report to President Franklin D. Roosevelt arguing that basic research needed to ...
The Neurodiversity Movement Should Acknowledge Autism as a Medical Disability
The autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen published an article, “The Concept of Neurodiversity Is Dividing the Autism Community ...