Oliver Sacks on the fallibility of the memory.
We often focus on the right wing's anti-science tendencies. But we can and should point criticism at the anti-science left too.
Skepchick takes a closer look at a commercial for a multivitamin and discovers just how shady things can get when it comes to efficacy claims and the demand for evidence.
The re-dating of some fossils results in the conclusion that it's unlikely Neanderthals mated with our ancestors.
A documentary airing recently on HBO offers new insights into the Catholic child abuse scandal. Is it possible to be shocked and unsurprised at the same time? Meanwhile, Frank Bruni lays into the Church's convenient morality.
Edzard Ernst offers a review of recent research into homeopathy. Meanwhile, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, took to the internet to ask for advice on how to organize a push to have homeopathic flu remedies in particular declared fraudulent.
A favorite of Darwin, pigeons continue to offer new insights into evolution.
Anti-gay Alabama teacher barely gets punished for his bigoted in-class comments to students.
Steven Novella on feathered dinosaurs and the denial of transitional fossils on the part of creationists.
Demonstrating the trouble with asserting that two things are connected simply because they share similar trend lines, Kevin Folta says (tongue firmly in cheek) that organic food causes autism. This will be one you'll want to bookmark.
Valerie Tarico busts the myth that Christians are more generous than non-believers.
John Danaher posted an incredibly helpful index to all of his posts dealing with William Lane Craig's arguments on morality and meaning.
A statistical analysis of planets around other stars suggests that the nearest Earth-like planet may be in our cosmic backyard.
We have 46 chromosomes. This pond-dwelling creature has 15,600!
Catholic bishops are on board with immigration reform in the US, just please no homos... Have we reached the point yet where we're entitled to demand of anyone professing Catholicism an answer to the question WHY?? Fed up yet? No? It appears as if the Church is behind the Boy Scouts of America's delay in changing their anti-gay bigoted policy. How 'bout now?
Daniel Loxton digs into the history of the scientific skepticism movement for Skeptic magazine.
Black holes are... well, black. So how do we know they're there?
Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, granddaughters of Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church fame, have announced their split from the church. Megan's statements about what led her to leave and the process she underwent to get her to where she is today are interesting and heartening. Of course, WBC has already said that the two women are going to hell.
The Virginia Senate has approved a bill allowing college groups in the state to discriminate on religious grounds. It's a shame that this is the same body that passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
A woman in Papua New Guinea was burned alive for sorcery. In the year 2013. Burned alive. For sorcery. Sigh.
Nevermind that it's just the morally right thing to do to ensure equal rights for everyone, gay marriage may actually improve health and reduce healthcare costs.
What IS this weird hunk of... metal?... spied on Mars?
After The New York Times Magazine published a dangerously chemophobic piece on childhood arthritis Michelle Francl at Slate warns readers not to take medical advice from that publication.
Emily Willingham spanks Fox News for a piece they published wherein they give space to a crackpot in order to answer (wrongly) whether autism can be prevented.
Scientists are gaining insights into the habitability of Mars by looking to Earth's volcanoes.
Steven Novella offers some tips on how to talk to a believer in anything.
Republican 2016 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently made the news with stupid statements about the age of the Earth. Now he's back with more stupid statements on a different subject.
Scientists have revised the date of the extinction of the dinosaurs to its most accurate yet.
You know something is wrong when a Lutheran pastor feels compelled to apologize for being a decent human being.
What you need to know about genetically engineered food.
Could Earth microbes hitchhiking to Mars actually survive there?
With the head of the Obama administration's office of Faith Based Initiatives leaving the President has the opportunity to staff the position with someone who will actually honor the constitution. Will he do it?