Everyone Is Lying To You All The Time And Only Butlers Know Why

Those new-fangled contraptions these days — with their beeping and their "online" social interaction — are making us dishonest! Researchers from Cornell University have determined that they have led to a new kind of lie. Learn about the "butler lie," and why it fools everyone. » 10/24/14 11:06am 57 minutes ago

Compact Fusion Reactor? Compact Fusion Reactor.

Excerpt: "Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being "compact," Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and… » 10/16/14 4:12am 10/16/14 4:12am

Congress is battling over "usefulness" of research

Well this is unsettling. Apparently the National Science Foundation (NSF) is under some increased scrutiny right now by Lamar Smith, the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. (Side note, I still can't believe that this committee is chaired by a Christian Scientist. As in a believer in… » 10/09/14 6:16pm 10/09/14 6:16pm

Epidemics Are Not Natural


Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why. » 9/30/14 12:27pm 9/30/14 12:27pm

Should you panic about Enterovirus D68 ?

If you have pearls you should already be clutching them. There is a brand new virus out there, which automatically means you should be afraid. Pay very close attention to Cable News. We wouldn't want you to miss any adverts.. sorry... I mean information about the outbreak. Why are you reading this article, when you… » 9/24/14 9:36am 9/24/14 9:36am

How Could Scientists Mistake Dust For A Spectacular Discovery?

An infographic at Quanta Magazine explains how scientists could've mistaken cosmic dust for gravitational waves as part of their special on the latest saga of the hazards of doing science in public. While disappointing, this just part of the halting, uncertain progress at uncovering the mysteries of the universe. » 9/23/14 3:11am 9/23/14 3:11am