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On the Origin of Science Writers

Every now and then, I get an email from someone who’s keen to get into science writing and wants to know how I started. Whenever I reply, and I always try to, I’m always left with the nagging feeling ... read more

Stranger Than Crime Fiction

Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer who has penned more than 30 novels. To coincide with a new Wellcome Trust exhibition, she has written a nonfiction book on the history of forensic science, Fore... read more

Nate Silver’s New Science Writer Ignores The Data On Climate Science

with a controversial figure covering science issues. Silver has brought on Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, as a contributing writer — a p... read more

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The sexual misconduct case that has rocked anthropology

In 2010, Tattersall, who had led human origins research at AMNH for more than 30 years ... clarified that decision in a statement to Science, writing that “a zero tolerance warning was issued to Dr. R... read more


Connecticut Senate passes bill writing Wright Brothers out of history

The Connecticut Senate passed a bill just after midnight on Wednesday that would delete the Wright brothers from history, explicitly stripping ... Jeremy A. Kaplan is Science and Technology editor at ... read more

Aristotle And The Invention Of Science

And with that, he may have invented science. This hour On Point: Aristotle, a Grecian lagoon, and the origins of science ... where he spent time thinking and writing about nature, possibly near a lago... read more

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

Before working full-time as a science writer and public speaker ... it's hard to pinpoint her biggest sin. Hari's superhero origin story is that she came down with appendicitis and didn't accept the e... read more

Introducing the Trump Story Project

Philip Roth is not a science-fiction writer, but his novel is part of a long and sturdy tradition within sci-fi: the “alternate history.” Take some crucial moment in history and undo it or do it diffe... read more

It’s Time to Expand Our Definition of “Human Being”

then they should also call for a proactive policy of what the science-fiction writer David Brin has termed “uplift,” whereby we prioritize research designed to enable cognitively privileged creatures, ... read more

Video from the Vault: Bill Bryson on A Short History of Nearly Everything at the Perth Writers Festival in 2005

This quirky, energetic and highly entertaining interview with Bill Bryson was recorded at the Perth Writers Festival in 2005. It was originally screened as part of an ABC made-for-vodcast series, Talk... read more

'I Origins' looks polished, but story is out of focus

But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized "Another Earth," Cahill's ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in his second feature, "I Origins ... sides of science a... read more

House Republicans vote to curb the EPA’s use of science

“That is not known as an objective writer or magazine,” Smith responded when Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann cited an article published last week by the magazine detailing ... read more



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