Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem
Opinion: Zoology’s Racism Problem

A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.

A new book explores the history of scientists’ efforts to classify living things.

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Connecting the DOTS
Adam Kucharski | Aug 18, 2020
The four factors that drive contagion
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
Sadye Paez, Erich D. Jarvis | Aug 18, 2020
Race has been used to segment humanity and, by extension, establish and enforce a hierarchy in science. Individual and institutional commitments to racial justice in the sciences must involve political activity.
Book Excerpt from The State of Science
Marc Zimmer | Aug 14, 2020
In Chapter 13, “Trusting Experts—and the Trump Administration,” Marc Zimmer laments the communication breakdown between modern US policy makers and scientists
Opinion: Science in a Time of Crisis
Marc Zimmer | Aug 14, 2020
A new book explores the ways that research findings are used and misused.
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Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 5, 2020
Data on vertebrate species that have become, or are likely to become, extinct reveal plant eaters are most under threat.
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Introducing The Scientist Social Club
Bob Grant | Jul 27, 2020
Our first event is a book club for Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 classic novel Arrowsmith, which we’ll discuss with two prominent scholars during a webinar on September 25.
Book Excerpt from COVID-19
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 17, 2020
In Chapter 8, author Debora MacKenzie recounts an unfortunate history of baselessly blaming disease outbreaks on groups perceived as outsiders.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jul 13, 2020
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Opinion: Anticipating the Next Pandemic
Debora MacKenzie | Jul 13, 2020
Our experience with COVID-19 has already shone a light on how (and how not) to address future outbreaks.
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Coronavirus Precautions Stall Antarctic Field Research
Amanda Heidt | Jun 15, 2020
The upcoming summer research season has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Book Excerpt from Some Assembly Required
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
In the prologue to the book, author Neil Shubin sets the stage for discussing the iterative repurposing that marks several transformational developments throughout evolution.
How Squirrels Use Bird Chatter to Assess Safety
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2020
An undergraduate research project finds the animals are tuned in to reassuring information from other species.
Armchair Virologists
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2020
Pretending to be a javelin aficionado is one thing. Professing to have real insight into the ongoing pandemic is quite another.
Revolutionary Repurposing
Neil Shubin | Jun 1, 2020
Evolution needn’t make improbable leaps to facilitate transitions into uncharted biological territory. Adapting new uses for existing structures works just fine.
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Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Shawna Williams | May 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets were found for the first time in Washington State and could reemerge in the spring.
Book Excerpt from The Idea of the Brain
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
In Chapter 10, “Memory," author Matthew Cobb takes readers inside a couple of seminal moments in the scientific search for memory’s mechanics.
Where Do Our Memories Live?
Matthew Cobb | May 1, 2020
A new book explores research through the ages that has tried to map the intricacies of the human brain, including pinpointing the seat of memory.
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NIH Cancels Funding for Bat Coronavirus Research Project
Shawna Williams | Apr 28, 2020
The abrupt termination comes after the research drew President Trump’s attention for its ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Book Excerpt from The Waterside Ape
Peter Rhys-Evans | Apr 1, 2020
In Chapter 11, “Surfer’s Ear,” author Peter Rhys-Evans describes a key piece of evidence he says supports his hypothesis of a brief period of semi-aquatic living in early hominins.