SETI, Said He, Isn't Ready, Said She
April 22, 2013
The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence is like a detective story without a body. All those new planets, but no signal—at least not one that most scientists will accept.
What's New in the Primordial Soup?
April 19, 2013
The bubbling froth percolates with ideas about how life "emerged," each new notion trying to outdo the last in vacuity.
Divorce Spats Between Lucy and Designated Replacement
April 15, 2013
Lucy was the darling of the 1980s, but with Australopithecus sediba taking center stage, her fans are not happy.
Anthropologists Abuse Students on the Job
April 13, 2013
A shocking percentage of male anthropologists sexually abuse their female students, a new report says.
Human and Animal Brains: Uniquenesses and Similarities
April 12, 2013
Several recent science articles explore what we have in common with animals, and what is unique about the human brain.
Students Need to Argue Science, Not Memorize It
April 11, 2013
A professor of science education has a radical idea: teach science through argumentation, because that's the way scientists do it.
Using Finagle's Rules in Cosmology
April 10, 2013
Fudging and finagling often underlie the confident-sounding claims of cosmologists.
Bimbo Eruptions in the Solar System
April 6, 2013
Planetary origin theories come across as popular and charismatic, till some little moon pops off and says, "Yoo-hoo! Remember me?"
North American Geology All Wrong
April 3, 2013
Researchers are stating that beliefs about the origin of western mountains in North America are all wrong.
Scientific Findings Can Be Counterintuitive
March 28, 2013
Here are examples of recent claims in science that seem to contradict what some would consider intuitively obvious. They should be kept in mind when evaluating other scientific truisms, like evolution.
The Ediacaran Era May Be a Flawed Concept
March 26, 2013
Before humans arrived, no strata came with "Ediacaran" stamped on them. Does this human-invented name have any real meaning? Does it tell time?
Scientific Organizations Promote Leftist Social Causes
March 22, 2013
What on earth does a science journal have to do with abortion or gay marriage? Some editors and reporters are actively pushing for social revolution.
OOLishness: The Imaginary World of Origin-of-Life Studies
March 20, 2013
Why aren't philosophers of science shaming origin-of-life researchers out of the science department? OOL theories depend on imagination, not empirical evidence, for their broad-brush conclusions.
Nature Writer Points to Mao as Source of Wisdom
March 15, 2013
Are there any circumstances in which it would be appropriate to honor Chairman Mao as a source of wisdom?
Paleofantasy Runs Amok
March 13, 2013
Early-man researchers continue to weave fantastical tales on flimsy evidence.