The coming R&D crash

Government funding for scientific research is set to fall and then stagnate in the decade ahead. Scientists are warning that the U.S. could lose its technological edge. But how dire is the situation, really?

Two climate papers get hyped first, reviewed later. Is that a bad idea?

This week, the press is giving plenty of attention to two climate papers, one from "converted skeptic" Richard Muller and one from current skeptic Anthony Watts. But neither have gone through the traditional peer-review process. And neither seem to be all that significant. Do they really deserve this much hype?

Video: The science of pleasure, explained in 5 minutes

Stanford University's Robert Sapolsky delivers a super interesting lecture on the science of pleasure - and how that motivates our behavior everywhere from the casino to the college classroom.

By Sarah Kliff July 13, 2012