How Western Civilization Ended, Circa 2014

The Thwaites Glacier of West Antarctica. In a new sci-fi novella, the collapse of this ice sheet becomes synonymous with the collapse of Western Civilization. NASA

Two historians turn to science fiction to scare the hell out of you about climate change.

This Is Why You Have No Business Challenging Scientific Experts

Jenny McCarthy, who once remarked that she began her autism research at the "University of Google" Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Harry Collins, a founder of the field of “science studies,” explains why we should listen to scientists on climate change, vaccines, and HIV-AIDS.

Jared Diamond: We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114

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The Pulitzer-winning author explains why he adapted his classic book “The Third Chimpanzee” for kids: because we need them to fix our mistakes.

Science Says Your Soul Is Like a Traffic Jam

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Science writer Jennifer Ouellette explores the emerging science of the self, a body of research that examines not just who we are, but also…if we are. 

Is the Arctic Really Drunk, or Does It Just Act Like This Sometimes?

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The biggest debate in climate science may be over whether global warming will create more winters like this one. If you care about weather, you’d better care about the outcome.

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