Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
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.
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism
Opinion: The Politics of Science and Racism

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.

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.

science history
The Child Hatchery, 1896
The Child Hatchery, 1896
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2018
The incubator exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries publicized the care of premature babies.
Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793
Bathtub Bloodbath, 1793
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat took on many roles over the course of his life, including physician and scientist.
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Discovery of the Malaria Parasite, 1880
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2017
Most didn’t believe French doctor Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran when he said he’d spotted the causative agent of the disease—and that it was an animal.
First Micrographs of Myxobacteria Forming Fruiting Bodies
First Micrographs of Myxobacteria Forming Fruiting Bodies
Tracy Vence | Aug 1, 2016
By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.
First Photo of Intact Giant Squid, 1874
First Photo of Intact Giant Squid, 1874
Catherine Offord | Jul 1, 2016
Moses Harvey’s photograph brought the mysterious creature out of legend and into science.
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
The Rabies Vaccine Backstory
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
Louis Pasteur’s trepidation at injecting a child with the first rabies vaccine might have reflected his private knowledge of its lack of prior animal testing.
Oprah to Star in Henrietta Lacks Movie
Oprah to Star in Henrietta Lacks Movie
Tanya Lewis | May 3, 2016
She will also be an executive producer on the HBO Films project, which is based on a 2010 book about the life of Henrietta Lacks.
Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891
Fighting Cancer with Infection, 1891
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2016
Now hailed as the father of immunotherapy, William Coley pioneered extraordinary methods to treat cancer.
Life After Sequencing
Life After Sequencing
Eva Amsen | Feb 1, 2016
Fifteen years after publication of the human genome’s first draft sequence, what has become of the hundreds of researchers who worked on the project?
Science Historian Dies
Science Historian Dies
Karen Zusi | Dec 9, 2015
Lisa Jardine, former chair of the U.K.’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, has passed away at age 71.
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
The Cyclopes of Idaho, 1950s
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015
A rash of deformed lambs eventually led to the creation of a cancer-fighting agent.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2015
Welcome to the Microbiome, The Paradox of Evolution, Newton's Apple, and Dawn of the Neuron.
A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865
A Case of Sexual Ambiguity, 1865
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 1, 2015
This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder.
Half Mile Down, 1934
Half Mile Down, 1934
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2015
In his bathysphere, William Beebe plumbed the ocean to record-setting depths.
Orb-iters
Orb-iters
The Scientist Staff | Jun 30, 2015
See how William Beebe and Otis Barton descended to the ocean's depths in an early submersible designed to allow access to the mysterious lifeforms inhabiting the deep sea.
Book Excerpt from <em>Faith vs. Fact</em>
Book Excerpt from Faith vs. Fact
Jerry A. Coyne | Jun 30, 2015
In Chapter 1, “The Problem,” author Jerry Coyne sets the historical stage for his suggestion that science and religion are not compatible and never will be.
Reimagining Humanity
Reimagining Humanity
Ian Tattersall | Jun 1, 2015
As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.
Water Fleas, 1755
Water Fleas, 1755
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2015
A German naturalist trains a keen eye and a microscope on a tiny crustacean to unlock its secrets.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2015
June 2015's selection of notable quotes