Book Excerpt from <em>Tree Story</em>
Book Excerpt from Tree Story
In Chapter 5, “The Messiah, the Plague, and Shipwrecks under the City,” author Valerie Trouet tells the tale of wooden structures crafted by Europeans millennia ago and how dendrochronology helped determine their age.
Book Excerpt from Tree Story
Book Excerpt from Tree Story

In Chapter 5, “The Messiah, the Plague, and Shipwrecks under the City,” author Valerie Trouet tells the tale of wooden structures crafted by Europeans millennia ago and how dendrochronology helped determine their age.

In Chapter 5, “The Messiah, the Plague, and Shipwrecks under the City,” author Valerie Trouet tells the tale of wooden structures crafted by Europeans millennia ago and how dendrochronology helped determine their age.

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Confessing to Plant Blindness
Confessing to Plant Blindness
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2020
I have taken plants for granted. I pledge to change.
Opinion: Tree Rings as Soothsayers
Opinion: Tree Rings as Soothsayers
Valerie Trouet | Mar 1, 2020
Not only can studying the growth patterns obscured within tree trunks tell us about the past, the field can also help us plan for the future.
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace | Mar 1, 2020
The plant awareness revolution will be led by poets, philosophers, and hipsters; not just scientists.
Book Excerpt from <em>Drugs Without the Hot Air</em>
Book Excerpt from Drugs Without the Hot Air
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020
In Chapter 14, author David Nutt describes the opioid crisis currently besetting the US.
Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies
Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies
David Nutt | Feb 24, 2020
Draconian drug laws harm citizens the world over. It’s high time to use sound science to change the landscape of prohibition.
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
It Takes Less Than 30 Days to Compost a Human Body
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2020
In a small trial of deceased volunteers, a Seattle-based company called Recompose demonstrates that its method for “natural organic reduction” of a human body completely breaks down soft tissue.
Scientists Report Stress, Bullying, and Harassment in New Survey
Scientists Report Stress, Bullying, and Harassment in New Survey
Amy Schleunes | Jan 15, 2020
The results shed light on a research culture that encourages “unkind and aggressive conditions.”
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jan 13, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Book Excerpt from <em>Physical Intelligence</em>
Book Excerpt from Physical Intelligence
Scott Grafton | Jan 13, 2020
In Chapter 2, “Surfaces,” author Scott Grafton describes the ancient process of action perception, which helps organisms navigate their environments.
Why Do We Forget How to Walk on Ice?
Why Do We Forget How to Walk on Ice?
Scott Grafton | Jan 13, 2020
A new book explores the crosstalk between mind and body and how it helps humans navigate their worlds.
Medicare For All: A Scientist&rsquo;s Take
Medicare For All: A Scientist’s Take
The Scientist Staff | Dec 31, 2019
Rachel Madley, a Columbia University PhD student, discusses her views on access to healthcare.
Book Excerpt from <em>What Science Is and How It Really Works</em>
Book Excerpt from What Science Is and How It Really Works
James C. Zimring | Dec 1, 2019
Author James Zimring challenges the notion of "known" scientific entities.
Opinion: The Uncomfortable Limits of Human Knowledge
Opinion: The Uncomfortable Limits of Human Knowledge
James C. Zimring | Dec 1, 2019
Does science describe experience or truth?
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2019
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Image of the Day: Painting with Microbes
Image of the Day: Painting with Microbes
Emily Makowski | Nov 22, 2019
See this year’s winners of the American Society for Microbiology’s agar art competition.
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs&rsquo; Peer Reviews: Survey
Trainees Often Ghostwrite PIs’ Peer Reviews: Survey
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2019
Half of early-career researchers say they’d participated in the peer review process with their mentors without getting credit.
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
For centuries, painters and poets have looked to the ocean for insight. Researchers, too, have found their muse in the Earth’s salty realm.
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
Richard Smith | Nov 1, 2019
Marine photographers are helping scientists to document the diversity of coral reefs before the imperiled ecosystems disappear.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019
Britain’s largest university aims to eliminate single-use plastics, in the lab and elsewhere around campus, by 2024. How exactly the institution plans to meet that goal is yet to be determined.