Just Add Science?

Common wisdom suggests that the remedy for unscientific beliefs on everything from climate change to evolution is to simply administer more reporting on the science. The problem is, studies have shown time and time again that this strategy doesn’t work. So what’s a well-meaning science journalist to do?

A Prescription for Better Science

What’s wrong with science? Stanford University’s John Ioannidis has been asking this question for a long time – at least since his 2005 article, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” Seventeen years later, he and a slate of co-authors have some suggestions about how to solve the problem.

We Need to Study Weed

We need to be studying cannabis, its myriad cultivated strains, and their effects on a variety of medical conditions. We also need to examine public health and policy implications. In short, we need to be doing research — but because of federal restrictions, it’s nearly impossible to do in this country.

Crime Despite Punishment

Real people don’t usually consider what type of punishment they’ll receive before they rob somebody. And decades of research on the effects of deterrence-based punishments, including mandatory sentencing and the death penalty, have failed to prove that they do anything to reduce crime.

How Scientists Can Win the War(s) on Science

The reason science is drawn into ideological fights in the first place is that advocates want to be seen as having science on their side. And while these battles can make researchers feel like collateral damage, they must accept the fact that they can’t stop them from happening.