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The STEM Talent Shortage Debate

Do today’s high school students prefer to take the AP Art History exam over AP Biology?

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It Doesn’t Matter That Not Everything Matters

Why scientists need to stop worrying about whether or not everything in biology serves a purpose.

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How Do You Make a Living, Board-Game Rulebook Editor?

One compound word: Kickstarter.

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Science Is, Undeniably, Making the World a Better Place: A Conversation With Steven Pinker

Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism, and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?

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In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

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Scientific Publishing Is Killing Science

Here’s how to fix it.

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I Paid $21.67 for Someone to Photograph My Aura

It was cheaper than buying a pair of aura goggles—even without the shipping costs.

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How Immigrants Make American Science Great

While the rest of the world is catching up, the United States is still the leader in quality science research—thanks to people from other countries.

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Real Talk About Abortion

As the long, angry fight over abortion roars on, Tracy Weitz, a researcher in California, has quietly worked to gather reliable facts about the procedure and the women who choose to have it.

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Darwin Day and the Science of Science Denial

Why Charles Darwin is the perfect figure for an international celebration of science.

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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014