Fan of Columnar Jointing? Here’s a Real Gem for You in the Sierra Nevada, and it’s Not Devil’s Postpile

Tucked away in a small corner of an unheralded canyon of the Sierra Nevada is a real gem of a geological locality. It is a marvelous example of columnar jointing that has been modified by glacial scouring, and it’s NOT called Devil’s Postpile. Welcome to the Columns of the Giants. The Stanislaus River does not … Read more

Did the conservative justices commit perjury? Here’s what they said under oath about Roe v. Wade

Credit: Ian Hutchinson / Unsplash. After conservatives consolidated their supermajority on the Supreme Court with Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, many legal experts thought it all but certain that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision protecting a person’s right to an abortion, was doomed to fall. Yet statements made … Read more

Here’s The Latest Data On Climate And Food And It’s Not Good

Challenges abound as industrial agriculture is threatened by access to key resources from water to healthy soils. Asa devastating and historic drought from Illinois to Texas to California grinds on, sophisticated mapping and data projection bring more bad news: Agricultural areas are among the places in the US experiencing the highest temperature increases. “It’s happening … Read more

Commentary: Overhyped Alzheimer’s treatments betrayed patients’ hopes. Here’s how science should change | Community

America’s science policies are changing. America’s scientists need to change with them. The recent controversies over the Food and Drug Administration’s accelerated approval of an Alzheimer’s treatment are a lesson in the costs of failing to do so. A year ago, the FDA fast-tracked Biogen’s aducanumab – the first new Alzheimer’s drug in almost 20 … Read more

A Large-Scale Experiment Used Human Pee to Fertilize Crops. Here’s What Happened

These days, peeing on your food plants may be considered a gross and wacky gardening hack, despite the practice having been proven beneficial for thousands of years. But our modern squeamishness has meant gardeners and farmers alike must resort to expensive fertilizers to provide their crops with the much-needed nutrients found free in our pee. … Read more

Humanity left an irreversible imprint upon Earth’s rocks. Here’s how.

BerlinOn a stage in central Berlin one night last month, Jens Zinke slid a white slab out of a clear plastic sleeve. At first it looked like a piece of Styrofoam, with a pencil-sized groove cut along its surface. But on closer inspection the slab proved as hard as rock: It was a piece of … Read more

Social Stress Has Been Linked to Accelerated Immune Aging. Here’s What You Need to Know

As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. This aging of the immune system, called immunosenescence, may be an important part of such age-related health problems as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as older people less effective response to vaccines. But not all immune systems age at the same rate. In our … Read more