Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.
Tuesday, November 12
Sunday, November 10
The rise and fall of Intrade, the betting market for world events—elections, hurricanes, Academy Awards—and the death of its CEO near the top of Everest.
Saturday, November 9
An unlikely environmentalist exposes the natural gas industry’s leaky infrastructure.
Wednesday, November 6
How the corpses of Hitler’s victims still haunt modern science—and American abortion politics.
Tuesday, November 5
Monday, November 4
An interview with Cleve Backster, a former interrogation specialist with the CIA who used a polygraph machine in the 1960s to develop his theory of “primary perception,” which contends that plants have feelings.
Thursday, October 31
Ending a pregnancy in the most “pro-life” state in America.
Wednesday, October 30
A profile of cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who has spent the last 30 years trying to replicate the human mind.
Each soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan generated around 10 pounds of garbage per day. Most of that trash—along with used equipment and medical supplies and other wastes of war—was burned in open-air pits, emitting a toxic smoke that many soliders blame for their poor health today.
Tuesday, October 29
What the popular game says about our subconscious.
Monday, October 28
What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.
Saturday, October 26
New medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dolllars a year. Are they worth it? A look at how a pair of pharmaceutical compainies set their prices.