Science Watch: Our Man In Space

Hamilton Nolan · 03/08/16 04:58PM

Animal legs! Weather extremes! Planet surfaces! Astronaut man! Dark things! Bee teams! Bio touch! And liquids that may or may not be of benefit to one and all! It’s your periodic Science Watch, where we watch science—without ever touching the ground!

Hamilton Nolan · 09/16/15 01:10PM

“Dear Sir, I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation & therefore not in Jesus Christ as the son of God. Yours faithfully. Ch. Darwin

GOP Candidate Gives Incredibly Stupid Interview on Sex Education

Adam Weinstein · 06/17/14 02:35PM

Sally Atwater is the widow of the Republican Party's most ferocious, hated political fixer. She's running to be in charge of South Carolina's education policy. If votes were awkward right-wing radio interviews on sex ed that turned adversarial, this woman would win in a landslide.

Marine Todd Is Real, and He's Running for Congress

Adam Weinstein · 04/09/14 01:21PM

You know what America has too much of? Godless socialist hippie brainwashing of our youth, who are the future. You know what America needs? Some Marine Todds to crack hippie skulls. You know who Aaron Miller is? He's the evolution-hatin' Marine Todd our Congress needs!

Fox Station Cuts Evolution out of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos

Jay Hathaway · 03/13/14 12:40PM

An Oklahoma City Fox station ran a teaser for its nightly newscast during the premiere of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's reboot of Cosmos. No big deal, except that it interrupted Tyson's only mention of evolution in the entire episode.

Science: Europeans Got Whiter

Hamilton Nolan · 03/11/14 04:29PM

Recent DNA analysis by anthropologists, archaeologists, and geneticists shows that Europeans of 5,000 years ago were "more darkly pigmented" than today's Europeans. Who can say for sure? [Photo: AP]

Is There a Biological Reason for Sexually Preferring a Certain Race?

Hamilton Nolan · 01/23/14 03:42PM

Hark; the time hath come for "Hey, Science," our intelligence-boosting feature in which we enlist real live scientific experts to answer humanity's most interesting/ idiotic scientific questions. Today: Is there an evolutionary or biological reason for preferring to have sex with people of a certain race?

Ken Layne · 12/31/13 11:31AM

A new Pew Research study finds that 48 percent of Republicans continue to believe that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time," while 27 percent of Democrats continue to deny that species change and adapt.

Fast-Evolving Foxes Prepare To Wipe Out Humanity

Ken Layne · 10/15/13 01:00PM

The fox is a clever beast, famously outsmarting human and animal rivals in ancient fables, recent movies and a current Top 10 song. Humanity's relationship with the fox has long been balanced between bemused tolerance and "let's shoot them for fun and raise them in cages, for fur." But there are abundant signs that the foxes have had quite enough of people, and are making coordinated global moves to take over civilization.

Why Marco Rubio Cannot Believe In Science

Mallory Ortberg · 11/19/12 09:17PM

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has clearly learned a thing or two from Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock when it comes to qualifying public statements. Reminding us that a comprehensive understanding of the earth's history is reserved for only the most seasoned of sages and alchemists, with many glowing astrolabes, he told GQ that the true age of the planet is "one of the great mysteries" of our time. It seems fairly clear, however, that in suggesting parents teach their children about the formation and development of the planet using either "what science says" or "what their faith says" where he lands on science.