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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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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

The Big One

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