How the West Virginia Spill Exposes Our Lax Chemical Laws

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We really don’t know much about the chemical involved. And that’s the problem.

A Poison Aficionado’s Guide to 6 Killer Chemicals

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Science journalist Deborah Blum explores the homicidal—and, the environmental—ways that chemistry can do us in.

Brrrr: Incredible Photos of the Polar Vortex


The polar vortex sweeping the country is producing some rather lovely photos. Here are a few of our favorites.

Why the Arctic Is Drunk Right Now

Drunk Arctic

The odd relationship between the warming Arctic and extreme cold weather.

Dear Donald Trump: Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming

A Bostonian trudges by Government Center as Winter Storm Hercules's snows begin. Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO US/ZUMA

Weather isn’t climate, people. 


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