Science denial became deadly in 2020. Many political leaders failed to support what scientists knew to be effective prevention measures.
Exactly 300 years ago, in 1721, Benjamin Franklin and his fellow American colonists faced a deadly smallpox outbreak. Their varying responses constitute an eerily prescient object lesson for today's world.
Every time there is a major disease outbreak, one of the first questions scientists and the public ask is: "Where did this come from?"
Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. IThe world uses more palm oil than any other vegetable oil - over 73 million tons in 2020.
When you picture Yellowstone National Park and its neighbor, Grand Teton, the snowcapped peaks and Old Faithful Geyser almost certainly come to mind. Climate change threatens all of these iconic scenes, and its impact reaches far beyond the parks' borders.
A one-term and twice-impeached president with a consistently low approval rating ordinarily would be a liability. Yet the GOP's return to Trump is not really a surprise, because of the psychological forces known as belief polarization and the black sheep effect.
How would you like to dig into a "recycled" snack? Or take a swig of juice with "reprocessed" ingredients made from other food byproducts? Without the right marketing, these don't sound like the most appetizing options.
To make a bicycle move, a Tour de France rider transfers energy from his muscles, through the bicycle and to the wheels that push back on the ground. The faster a rider can put out energy, the greater the power.
What is beyond outer space?
The headlines are filled with news about ransomware attacks tying up organizations large and small, data breaches at major brand-name companies and cyberattacks by shadowy hackers associated with Russia, China and North Korea. Are these threats to your personal information?