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Sea Ice In The Arctic Is Shrinking Toward What Could Be A Record Low This Summer

Every summer, Arctic sea ice retreats and the Greenland ice sheet shrinks. This year is tracking close to the record melt of 2012.

Peter Aldhous • 27 days ago

These Maps Show How Many Cities Are Much Hotter Than Their Surroundings

Big cities typically amplify summer heat. In a heat wave, those few extra degrees can be a killer.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

These Maps Show Where Urban Sprawl Is Making Big Storms More Deadly

Where asphalt and concrete replace marshes and grasslands, heavy rain is more likely to cause flash flooding.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Jeffrey Epstein's First Criminal Case Was Helped By A Famous Harvard Language Expert

Steven Pinker, a Harvard expert on language and human nature, said he was unaware of the details of the case and now regrets his involvement.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

These Maps Show Where Storm Barry Could Hit Hardest

Watch these forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Jeffrey Epstein Called Himself A “Science Philanthropist” And Donated Millions To These Researchers

MIT and Harvard said they don’t comment on donations. But the Santa Fe Institute said it may give away a donation it received in 2010.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Southern California Is Shaking After Earthquakes, But The "Big One" Is Still Lurking

California has experienced its two biggest quakes in two decades, so when will the "Big One" hit? There's no real way to know.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Documents Reveal Widespread Data Fraud In A Leading UK Scientist’s Lab

David Latchman was never punished for leading a University College London lab that published more than a dozen fraudulent studies, according to newly released investigation documents.

Peter Aldhous • One month ago

Some Of The World’s Top Anti-Vaccine Countries Are In Europe

In France, 1 in 3 people disagree that vaccines are safe. In Bangladesh, almost 98% of people believe that vaccines are both safe and effective.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

Can You Guess These Presidential Candidates Based On Their Most Popular Talking Points?

With 23 Democrats running for president, it's hard to find a distinctive voice. Can you recognize them from their signature phrases on Twitter?

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

This Elite Science Group Finally Has A Way To Expel Members For Sexual Harassment

Until now, there has been no procedure for revoking membership.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

She’s The Public Face Of #MeToo In Science. Now Critics Are Speaking Out About Her Tactics.

Seven leaders of the MeTooSTEM group have resigned, citing a lack of transparency and the founder’s combative tweets.

Peter Aldhous • 2 months ago

This Genealogy Database Helped Solve Dozens Of Crimes. But Its New Privacy Rules Will Restrict Access By Cops.

GEDmatch’s revamped genetic privacy policy could set off legal battles that go all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Genetic Genealogy Helped Finally Crack The 1996 Murder Of 18-Year-Old Angie Dodge

The arrest in a notorious cold case follows the imprisonment of another man for two decades, and a false DNA lead that briefly implicated a New Orleans filmmaker.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

The Arrest Of A Teen On An Assault Charge Has Sparked New Privacy Fears About DNA Sleuthing

Critics fear we’re on a slippery slope of genetic genealogy being used to investigate less serious crimes. “We’re right here on the precipice, sliding down,” one expert said.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Can You Work Out How To Spend Your Money To Slow Global Warming?

It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of climate change, but how you spend your money can make a difference.

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

How Much Do You Know About Climate Change?

When Yale University quizzed US adults on the facts, most of them got a failing grade. How do you compare?

Peter Aldhous • 3 months ago

Here And Now: These Maps Show How Climate Change Has Already Transformed The Earth

Our planet is in the grip of rapid climate change. Explore how your city has already changed.

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

We Tried To Find 10 BuzzFeed Employees Just Like Cops Did For The Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer case has triggered a boom in “genetic genealogy” for solving crimes. But how hard is it to find people by sleuthing in their family trees?

Peter Aldhous • 4 months ago

The Golden State Killer Case Has Spawned A New Forensic Science Industry

One company has already solved more than 30 cold cases through genetic genealogy. Now the biggest forensic DNA firm in the US is getting involved.

Peter Aldhous • 6 months ago