A Reminder from Science that Men and Women Are, In Fact, Different

Feminists love to dis “rom-coms”—the happy-ending “romantic comedy” movies that are not only targeted at women but also viewed almost exclusively by women, usually in the company of their women friends. Husbands and boyfriends are sometimes dragged along, but only when bribed: “I’ll trade you Bridesmaids for X-Men: First Class.” “You see Sex and the … Continued

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Bill Nye, the Ideological Science Guy

You may remember Bill Nye from Bill Nye the Science Guy, the beloved 90s kid’s science show. But Nye’s new Netflix show, modestly titled Bill Nye Saves the World, targets adults—and ruins his legacy in the process. Saves the World tackles contemporary issues like GMOs, artificial intelligence, and homeopathy. Nye tries to explain with his … Continued

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Why Gwyneth Paltrow and Other Celebrities Shouldn’t Be Your Source for Science

This past weekend, many people held “march for science” demonstrations and gatherings across the country to protest…well, something, though it was hard to know exactly what. Predictably, entertainers like Rosario Dawson, Peter Capaldi, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington, Debra Messing, supermodel (and destroyer of Pepsi) Kendall Jenner, designer Kenneth Cole, and television personality Bill Nye, The … Continued

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The Unscientific Claims of the March for Science

The posters were wittier and there were fewer pink hats but last weekend’s March for Science was no less about partisan grandstanding and name calling than any other political rally. The message this time? We are pro-science and anyone who disagrees with us is anti-science. As if there are people out there burning copies of … Continued

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Tries to Kill the Tooth Fairy

It’s typical nowadays for people to take things way too seriously. That’s precisely what normally charming astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson did when he claimed that parents who promote traditional childhood fairytales, like the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, are participating in a “hoax perpetuated by adults on children.” Sheesh. Take it down a couple light … Continued

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The Doomsday Clock is a Measure of Liberal Hysteria, not Armageddon

If you listen to the naysayers, we’re on the precipice, just a few moments away from nuclear Armageddon, ever since Trump became President of the United States of America. As people asked during the campaign, is Trump the right person to trust with “the nuclear football”, the button that enables the President to launch a … Continued

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Why is the Federal Government Telling You Not to Floss?

When the Associated Press dropped a story last week about the scientific evidence behind flossing (they claim there is little to none) my dentist friends on Facebook exploded in outrage. Well, they exploded as much as dentists really “explode,” which is to say they expressed some extreme and measured displeasure at the reporting. Few things … Continued

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The Virtues of Free Will—If We Have Any, That Is

Apparently, free will is a hot topic for scientists this year. In just the last few months The Atlantic, New York magazine, The Independent, and several other publications have run stories about it. Judging by some of their titles—“There’s No Such Thing As Free Will,” “Scientific Evidence That You Probably Don’t Have Free Will,” etc.—it … Continued

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Beautiful Politician Explains Quantum Computing; Internet Goes Wild

Here in the United States, Americans are slogging through what feels like an endless presidential election season, listening to candidates insult each other’s wives and rail against capitalism. Surreal is the new normal. But not all political cultures resemble reality television shows. Consider this guy:   That’s Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press … Continued

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