Why Zack Kopplin Is Losing Ground In The War Against Creationists

For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more. » 5/04/15 3:28pm 5/04/15 3:28pm

Maybe Beards Aren't Full of Poop Bacteria After All

Last week, the internet erupted with the news that beards, those beautiful things that hide men’s weak chins and childhood acne scars, are chock-full of something more than manliness—and that something is poop. For anyone either excited or horrified by this news (my immediate reaction was to go drag my bearded face… » 5/04/15 1:00pm 5/04/15 1:00pm

Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper

This just in from the land of great sexism: two female scientists had a manuscript rejected by a peer-reviewed journal because they didn’t ask a man for help. An unnamed peer reviewer for the journal PLoS One suggested that Drs. Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head find male co-authors—any men at all—for a paper they’d… » 4/30/15 1:50pm 4/30/15 1:50pm

Humblebraggers Are Better Off Just Bragging, Say Harvard Researchers

Coined by the late writer Harris Wittels, the word “humblebrag” is used to describe an instance of “false modesty.” People humblebrag when they don’t want to annoy people with an overt brag, but a team of researchers from Harvard have just discovered that those attempts at humility actually do more harm than good. » 4/27/15 2:50pm 4/27/15 2:50pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson Inspires Budding Astrophysicist With Dyslexia 

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the nerd we’d all like to be one day, continues his uncontested run as the best human being on earth. At a recent talk, an 8-year-old girl named Lois asked him whether she could be an astrophysicist even though she had dyslexia and Tyson dropped some inspirational knowledge about success and… » 4/26/15 1:00pm 4/26/15 1:00pm

The Literally Broken Hearts of Divorce

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Scientifically, relationships have been shown to affect everything from your cardiovascular health to your mental well-being; anecdotally, it can mess with everything from your brand of toothpaste to control of your DVR. So it should come as no surprise that marriage, divorce, and widowhood come with their own… » 4/20/15 1:30pm 4/20/15 1:30pm

Study: Women in Abusive Relationships Choose 'Secret' Birth Control 

A new study has found that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control. When they do use contraception, abused women choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage. » 4/02/15 2:15pm 4/02/15 2:15pm

Jam Out With Your Cat to These Rocking Tunes 

Have you ever tried to grind to a sick beat at the club, but it's hard to have a good time because your bored cat is rolling his eyes and texting in the corner? Or have you ever tried to play the new D'Angelo album during a cozy date night at home, but the evening is totally ruined because you can tell your cat just… » 3/06/15 5:30pm 3/06/15 5:30pm

NY's Rats and Fleas Could Bring Back the Plague, Party Like It's 1346

In order for the plague to come back full force and kill all of us with festering boils, three things are needed: A carrier, a transmitter and a pathogen. It may be too early to panic, but a new study reveals that New York City has two of the three components necessary to make a really good Criminal Minds episode. » 3/03/15 5:20pm 3/03/15 5:20pm

We Are Thisclose to Grafting Live Heads onto Dead Bodies, Immortality

Remember those people who had their heads cryogenically frozen because they wanted to be reborn into a world in which scientists knew how to bring them back to life? Oh, ho we laughed and laughed. But now, out tears of mirth shall turn into tears of sadness as all of us realize how close we are to living forever. » 2/26/15 11:00pm 2/26/15 11:00pm

Finally, an Explanation for Why You Eat Like a Monster When High

The last time I was high I had a panic attack. But I got over that panic attack with an industrial-size bag of Bugles, a gallon of ice cream and a triple dose of benzos. Science has already explained why benzos help, but now we know a little more about why you get so goddamn hungry when you're faded as hell. » 2/20/15 12:00pm 2/20/15 12:00pm