The pressure of getting into a top-tier college seems to have influenced the ways teenagers sort themselves into cliques.
New evidence emerges that microplastics eaten by marine animals may be traveling up the food chain to our plates.
If you look everywhere between the numbers 1 and 2, you’ll never find 3. Let’s say you have an idea about how our physical reality might be different from how we […]
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On September 27, 1972, scientists performed the first test of Bell’s inequality. God does play dice with the Universe, after all. One of the most puzzling and counterintuitive aspects of quantum […]
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Finding the particle we assume is responsible for dark matter has always been a guessing game. We guessed wrong. You can’t get mad at a team for trying the improbable, hoping […]
A single thought experiment reveals a paradox. Could quantum gravity be the solution? Sometimes, if you want to understand how nature truly works, you need to break things down to […]
Many tests have reported an ‘anomalous thrust’ where there should be none. A researcher has finally shown where everyone else has messed up. One of the ultimate dreams of humans everywhere […]
Even before we have the James Webb Space Telescope, a controversy over when the first stars formed is growing. As far back as our most powerful telescopes have ever looked, we’ve […]
Measuring quantum gravity has proven extremely challenging, stymying some of the greatest minds in physics for generations.
A college degree is still a well-trodden path to relative financial success. Even so, a college degree is no longer a guarantee of a secure job, or of any job at all.
Lab-grown, cultured meats, dairy, and leather will be hitting shelves soon. Paul Shapiro reports on the coming trend in his new book, Clean Meat.
"The starting point for understanding inequality in the context of human progress is to recognize that income inequality is not a fundamental component of well-being."
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, a federal bill that would nationally legalize marijuana.
A new study questions why some people support "free speech".
A well-deserved award for the discovery over a century in the making. “Well, I walked into Building 20 and looked in at the various little labs. There was a bunch of […]
Are we about to make a breakthrough to go beyond black holes? Here’s what it means if we do! “It’s becoming clear that in a sense the cosmos provides the only […]
The Middle Ages see a resurgence of interest among the alt-right and some conservative thinkers.
The longer you roll that dice, the higher the chance that a DNA mutation spawns a cancerous cell. The researchers on this study likened it to playing Russian roulette; sooner or later, there's one in the chamber.
Media strategist, writer, and college drop-out Ryan Holiday questions whether college is just an expensive way to go through the motions.
But that doesn’t mean it actually works as advertised. “All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American […]
ScienceDebate.org sent 20 fine-tuned questions to the presidential candidates. 3 out of 4 of them responded. Here's where they stand on key science issues.
Few maximize. Most muddle. So why do economists mainly model the happy few? It makes the math easier, but risks misusing the massive power of markets. Perhaps, like the muddling masses, they should use less math and more logic.