articles tagged: scientist
why evolution didn’t really need darwin
# evolution

why evolution didn’t really need darwin

If Darwin never published his treatise, we'd still have a theory of evolution almost identical to the one we have today thanks to his contemporaries.

the challenge of popular science writing
# science

the challenge of popular science writing

No good deed goes unpunished, including writing a science book that will get critiqued by scientists who aren't shy about getting pedantic.

why retractions aren’t really a bad thing
# science

why retractions aren’t really a bad thing

Don't worry about retractions or bad papers being discovered by scientists trying to build on and replicate each other's work. That's exactly how science advances.

why scientists won’t be elected in the u.s.
# politics

why scientists won’t be elected in the u.s.

American voters want scientists to solve their problems out of sight and out of mind. They certainly don't want them in office.

so a science comedian walks into a lab…
# science

so a science comedian walks into a lab…

Jokes don't have to be just funny or scientifically accurate. Comedian Brian Malow is on a mission to show they can be both.

is a phd past the point of diminishing returns?
# science

is a phd past the point of diminishing returns?

Is becoming a scientist really worth it today? Surprisingly, a lot of PhDs are recommending against it.

why scientists always need to stay skeptical
# science

why scientists always need to stay skeptical

When it's getting harder and harder to make truly profound, world-changing discoveries, we have to double down on skepticism to make sure we don't lead ourselves astray.

so you think you want to be a scientist?
# science

so you think you want to be a scientist?

Scientifically illiterate politicians on the cultural warpath and their fans convinced millions that scientists lead a charmed life in ivory towers. Spoiler alert: they do not.

uncle sam wants you… to be a supernerd
# education

uncle sam wants you… to be a supernerd

The military is running out of nerds and worries it doesn't have enough to develop and control its future high tech weapons. But the government isn't about to incentivize STEM students with anything other than PR...