Science Fail: Shaky Assumptions Topple Long-Held Notions
October 3, 2017
Science is supposed to be self-correcting, we're told. But when towers of belief are built on assumptions later shown to be false, the consequences can be monumental.
Strange and Wonderful Animals Explored
March 5, 2017
Look at what scientists are learning about some common animals, and others not so common.
Amazonia Not Pristine
March 2, 2017
The tropical rainforests of Brazil, once thought to be pristine habitats of noble savages, show evidence of mass reworking by humans for millennia.
Non-Darwinian Biological Change
August 11, 2016
Scientists find many examples of biological change that do not fit the mutation-selection paradigm.
Take a Forest Bath
February 7, 2016
Science supports a Japanese tradition of "forest bathing" for mental refreshment and overall well-being.
Trees Reduce Stress
October 30, 2014
Stressed out by politics or work? Take a walk in the park under the trees. It's a proven remedy.
Tropical Trees Found in Antarctica
November 16, 2013
Fossilized stumps of tropical trees show that Antarctica was once forested.
Invisible Influence of Plants Coming to Light
August 13, 2013
The air is filled with substances we barely notice – molecules produced by plants – but they have profound effects on climate and ecology.
Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?
July 9, 2013
Sixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared. How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress? The discovery was reported by Live Science. It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret […]
Felicitous Fossils Facilitate Phylogenetic Fabling
May 31, 2013
Here are some recent fossil finds that, whether they fit or not, are claimed to shed light on evolution.
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.