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We're winning the war on cancer

As the American population grows, fewer people will die of cancer.

The hardest question ever asked: What is truth?

Scientists believe they have the answer, but philosophers prove them wrong.

Black Death: The Upside to Killing Half of Europe

The Black Death, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, wiped out 30 to 50 percent of Europe's population between 1347 and 1351. But, this is just the most infamous of the little microbe's shenanigans. Y. pestis, which is one-millionth our size, has caused three major pandemics and continues killing people to this very day. The plague gets such a bad rap because it represents some of the greatest tragedies to ever befall the human race.

Why We Shouldn't Completely Destroy Smallpox

My grandfather used to keep all sorts of things in the trunk of his car: Fishing gear, duct tape, aluminum foil, a large chain, a defused WWII hand grenade. When we asked why he squirreled away such a random assortment of items, he would shrug and say, "Just in case."

That, in a nutshell, is why we should never destroy the smallpox virus. Just in case we need it someday.

How Many Americans Die at Work?

Most Americans don't think twice about workplace safety. Perhaps they should. In newly updated numbers for 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 4,628 Americans met their demise while on the job.

Not Every Disagreement Is a Logical Fallacy

The trouble with labeling everything a "fallacy" is that (1) not all poor reasoning is automatically fallacious, and (2) it implies that everybody would agree on everything if we could only think correctly.

Will Millennials Rescue American Science?

The U.S. does have one thing in its favor: Inertia. The fact that we have been #1 for so long means that we will continue to live off of past success for several years to come. But, we can't live on fumes forever.

Richard Dawkins Is Wrong About Religion

Not only is religion just as bad as an infectious disease, Mr. Dawkins also says it is a form of child abuse.

How to Discuss Science in an Age of Cable News

How are we supposed to communicate about science in an age when political partisanship and media hype dominate the 24/7 news cycle?

The Arrogance of a Well-Fed Society

To truly help developing societies, we need to answer their immediate needs. 

Climate Change Is Not the World's Biggest Problem

What the average person in the Westernized world considers to be a big problem is rarely aligned with reality.

Court's Gene Patent Decision Not Based on Biology

The U.S. Supreme Court determined that biotechnology companies are not allowed to patent genes. The Court has not gone far enough.

Chess Should Be Required in U.S. Schools

Perhaps chess should be introduced into the curriculum as a fun way to teach logic and memory?