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A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Photo of Louis Agassiz and Benjamin Peirce

Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?

If the earth's temperature rises by another 2 degrees celsius, our planet faces mass extinctions.

Destruction from Super Storm Sandy

If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change—or to Obama’s failure to address it—Hurricane Sandy delivered.

A tribute to the pioneering environmentalist who put science in the service of social justice.

A philosopher’s broadside against Darwinism and materialism is mostly an instrument of mischief.

Oil spill

Shell is getting ready to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, and while it’s not yet quite a done deal, the prospect should certainly focus our minds.

Church

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. Worry.

People who give DNA samples—and big bucks—to companies in exchange for information on their potential medical risks are handing over more than saliva.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.

Blogs

Pundits and politicians agree: Edward Snowden did something naughty. But what do the people think?

July 15, 2014

Nation Editor-at-Large and MSNBC host Chris Hayes appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk climate, politics and his recent bad luck. 

April 29, 2014

Environmentalism could be a populist movement—if its focus shifts from just cutting carbon to cultivating justice on a larger scale.

April 22, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

Global warming is just one of many lies the ‘scientific community’ tries to impose on us. 

April 8, 2014

What would our national conversation on climate change sound like if this kind of honesty broke through with any regularity?

December 23, 2013

South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.

November 14, 2013

The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.

October 29, 2013

A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says weather around the world is becoming more extreme.

August 8, 2013

A flurry of recent news claims GMOs can save agriculture and raises some concerns.

August 2, 2013