A Leading Political Scientist Used An Academic Journal To Deny Allegations of Sexual Harassment. Now He’s Resigned As Its Editor.
William Jacoby ignited a firestorm by using his position as a journal editor to dismiss allegations of sexual harassment. “That’s kind of a power play,” said one of his accusers.
This Firebrand Atheist Was Just Fired After Allegations Of Financial Conflicts And Sexual Assault
David Silverman raised the profile of American Atheists through billboard campaigns that mimicked the tactics of the evangelicals whose message he opposed. Now he stands accused of financial conflicts and sexual misconduct.
In Custody Disputes Over Frozen Embryos, A Controversial New Law Says They Should Go To Whoever Wants To Make A Baby
The first-of-its-kind law on frozen embryos was pushed by anti-abortion advocates in Arizona, but others worry about government overreach. “It’s an incredible intrusion into the bedroom and the private life of families,” one legal expert said.
Human Tissues From Cruel Medical Experiments In Guatemala And Tuskegee Might Still Be Sitting In US Government Labs
The US Public Health Service exposed more than 1,300 Guatemalans to syphilis, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted infections without consent in the late 1940s. Tissues from these people may still reside on lab shelves, says a bombshell new report.
At A Big Heroin Meeting, Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's Plan To Fix The Opioid Crisis
At a big heroin summit in Atlanta, Kellyanne Conway, who heads the “opioids cabinet,” talked up the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the crisis, and the head of the NIH announced a program to study the biological causes of chronic pain.
Grindr Is Letting Other Companies See User HIV Status And Location Data
A data analysis conducted by an outside research firm, and independently verified by BuzzFeed News, shows that a popular gay dating app is sharing its users’ HIV status with two other companies. (Update: Late on Monday Grindr said it would stop sharing this information.)
Rich People Will Soon Be Able To Buy Fake Meteor Showers On Demand
In the latest scheme of the booming private space industry, a Japanese company proposes to light up the night with made-to-order shooting stars. But some experts worry about space clutter, and the scary consequences of these artificial meteors hitting important satellites.
Here’s How A “Poop Cult” With 58,000 Followers Set Off A Facebook War
“I'm proud of being a leader of a poop cult,” Jillian Mai Thi Epperly once joked to fans of her signature recipe: a fermented slurry of salted cabbage that produces “waterfalls” of diarrhea. Here's the wild story of how she convinced thousands to believe her dangerous science, and how a grassroots movement shut her down when Facebook wouldn't.
Trump’s State Department Shake-Up Could Have Big Implications For Climate Change
Trump just fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who supported keeping the US in the Paris agreement — and wants to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who criticized the deal and has questioned climate science.
Trump Wants To Execute Drug Dealers. Here’s Why That Won’t Fix The US Drug Epidemic.
Addiction experts say that drug users and dealers wouldn’t be deterred by the threat of execution years away — and that similarly draconian policies haven’t worked in other parts of the world. Legal scholars say the Supreme Court probably wouldn’t go for it either.
Experts Are Fighting Over Whether A Popular Drug For Reversing Overdoses Is Actually Causing More Deaths And Crime
A controversial, unpublished study is suggesting that naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, doesn’t save more lives and drives people to seek more dangerous highs. But some experts criticized the study’s approach and assumptions.
University Puts Physicist Lawrence Krauss On Paid Leave While It Investigates Sexual Harassment Allegations
On Tuesday, Arizona State University said that professor Lawrence Krauss is banned from campus while the school investigates allegations revealed in a BuzzFeed News article. The announcement followed Krauss’s resignation from the elite “Doomsday Clock” group.