The story of American beef is like the story of the nation as a whole: a mashup of history and myth, bloody and contested.
You might think they are disgusting. But our war against intestinal worms has damaged our immune systems and mental health.
A century ago, a team of scientists chased the arc of starlight across a total eclipse to prove Einstein right on relativity.
Evolved human capacities for vigilance and worry are both exacerbated and rewarded by the intense pressure of modern life.
Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten?
Neurofeedback can put thoughts in your head and help you conquer phobias — even when you're unaware of what it's doing
Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair?
Once local and irregular, time-keeping became universal and linear in 311 BCE. History would never be the same again.
Practicing the Greek virtues of wisdom and courage is one thing. But being cheerful the American way borders on psychosis.
Science today is an intricate, collaborative, global enterprise. Nobel prizes for individual scientists are an anachronism.
After Heath Ledger's untimely death, his performance — and the events leading up to it — were voyeuristically scrutinized. Can immersing oneself into a role be physically harmful?
Humans love laws and seek predictability. But like our Universe, which thrives on entropy, we need disorder to flourish.
In a time when only the richest enjoyed running water in their homes, very few Europeans had the resources to abide by 21st-century standards of hygiene, even if they wanted to. At the same time, the filthiness of medieval people should not be exaggerated.
I spent my days feeling like I was carrying TNT, not knowing when a spark would ignite an explosion.
The evolution of the domestic dog goes back tens of thousands of years — however, the multiple forms we see today are just 150 years old.
So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay — yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love.
A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain's elasticity. Does it really help them learn?
A growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways
Depression is a very complex disorder, and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve.
The gambler, the quantum physicist and the juror all reason about probabilities: the probability of winning, of a radioactive atom decaying, of a defendant's guilt. But despite their ubiquity, experts dispute just what probabilities are.