Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
Jan 23, 2017

By Justin Gillis Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have …

Women’s March on Washington Protestors Say Science Is a Driving Force
Jan 23, 2017

By Dina Fine Maron WASHINGTON, D.C.—The day after businessman and reality-TV star Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of protestors descended on the nation’s capital allied loosely under the banner of marching for human rights. More than 200 similar marches had also been planned …

Yes, science is political
Jan 23, 2017

By Elizabeth Lopatto Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten notes from Verge Science readers wondering why news from the incoming Trump administration has seeped into our science coverage. I wasn’t surprised: it’s tempting to believe that science is apolitical. But science and politics are plainly related: science is the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge is …

Disappeared: Silencing Pakistan’s activists
Jan 23, 2017

By Asad Hashim Islamabad, Pakistan – On the afternoon of January 7, Ahmed Raza Naseer was sitting with his brother at their shop in a small village just outside the central Pakistani town of Nankana Sahib, when a nondescript man holding a mobile phone to his ear walked in. He spent some time looking at …

Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science?
Jan 23, 2017

By Melissa Healy In Washington, D.C., revelers and protesters are marking the ascendance of a new president and the populist movement he says he has mobilized. Some 1,600 miles away in San Antonio, thousands of psychologists from around the world are also marking the dawn of the Trump era by focusing their attention on the thought processes that prompt some …

Roe: Can a Play Influence the Abortion Debate?
Jan 22, 2017

By Sophie Gilbert Roe, which opened at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage just days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, is a modern kind of history play, a production that considers a crucial issue in American politics. But its playwright, Lisa Loomer, didn’t expect the timing of Roe to be quite so pointed, coinciding with …

Would You Give Up Perfect Vision for a Trip to Space?
Jan 22, 2017

By Marina Koren The experience of weightlessness is confusing for human bodies. The eyes tell you you’re gently bobbing up and down, while your inner ear screams that you’re tumbling about, making you nauseous. The fluids in your body, freed from gravity, float upward, causing head congestion. Bones, suddenly useless in holding you up and …

The Republican Health Care Con
Jan 22, 2017

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Republicans say the Affordable Care Act provides health insurance that manages to be both lousy and expensive. Whatever the flaws of these policies, the new Trump administration is trying to pull off a con by offering Americans coverage that is likely to be so much worse that it would barely deserve …

What Did Neanderthals Leave to Modern Humans? Some Surprises
Jan 20, 2017

By Claudia Dreifus Geneticists tell us that somewhere between 1 and 5 percent of the genome of modern Europeans and Asians consists of DNA inherited from Neanderthals, our prehistoric cousins. At Vanderbilt University, John Anthony Capra, an evolutionary genomics professor, has been combining high-powered computation and a medical records databank to learn what a Neanderthal …

Fishing for Clues to Solve Namibia’s Fairy Circle Mystery
Jan 20, 2017

By Nicholas St. Fleur With its bone-dry grasslands and oppressive heat, the middle of the Namib Desert may seem like a strange place to go fishing. Yet there Jennifer Guyton and Tyler Coverdale were, standing in a sea of orange sand and brittle yellow grass with their 30-foot carp pole. But the two Princeton graduate …

Scientists pinpoint the exact age of the Moon — and it’s older than we thought
Jan 17, 2017

By Loren Grush Scientists say they have figured out the most precise age for the Moon than ever before, thanks to samples of lunar rocks gathered during NASA’s Apollo 14 mission. Analysis of the rocks pinpoint the Moon’s creation to 4.51 billion years ago, just 60 million years after the Solar System first formed. This …

Elitist Atheist Warren A. Smith Makes A-List-Who’s Who in Hell
Jan 17, 2017

By Frank DiGiacomo Warren Allen Smith stood in his cramped Greenwich Village studio apartment and recalled the time he scared the heck out of Gore Vidal. It was 1995, Mr. Smith said, and Mr. Vidal was making an appearance at Barnes & Noble on Union Square. After waiting in line to meet the author of …