What many commentators describe as an addiction is actually a powerful social norm at work. The distinction matters.
Using sunscreen makes sense, but data on just how effective it is, in what forms, and for which people, is more sparse than we've been led to believe.
Our unshakeable faith in maps — digital or otherwise — has its roots in the cartographic revolution.
How an African-American psychiatrist helped design a groundbreaking television show as a radical therapeutic tool for helping minority preschoolers.
The amount of heat-trapping methane in the atmosphere seemed to be leveling off when, in 2007, it began rising again quickly. Nobody yet knows why.
Studies suggest that one-size-fits-all protocols to communicating with patients can often backfire.
Clarice Phelps may have been the first African-American woman to help discover a chemical element. For Wikipedia, that wasn't enough.
Web-based health care could break down barriers to access. But it could also break down doctor-patient relationships.
Esophageal cancer related to chronic acid reflux is among the fastest-growing cancers in the US. Diet and weight are likely culprits, but what else?
Doom and gloom essays are more likely to offend skeptical readers than to convince them. Cognitive studies suggest there's a better way.
They can shape public sentiment on everything from climate change to public health. Understanding why people believe them is vital, researchers say.
Just as technology has transformed other aspects of our lives, I believe it has the potential to provide more people with access to quality care.
The number of parents seeking exemptions from having their children vaccinated is rising in several states. Some of those kids grow up and ask why.
Alcohol is one of the few food-and-beverage products that aren't nutritionally fortified. For some drinkers, the cost is debilitating amnesia.
Decades of psychological research have emphasized the biases and errors in human decision-making. A recent approach challenges this notion.
A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies and scientific errors.
Technofixes for the climate crisis are no one's first choice. What is it like to study something you wish would disappear?
Maintaining growth on a finite planet is impossible. Here's how we stop it without making life miserable — and maybe even improving it.
As climate change marches forward, it will exact a mounting, tangible toll on our collective mental health and productivity.
Since the state's recent, years-long drought — among the worst on record — green lawns are giving way to brown patches and drought-hardy alternatives.