The Opioid Crisis Is Becoming A Meth And Cocaine Crisis
“It’s not your father’s drug market,” said one expert. “We have a synthetic drug crisis caused by stronger and more potent drugs.”
PG&E's Bankruptcy Could Hurt California’s Aggressive Climate Goals
PG&E’s bankruptcy could have major spillover effects on the solar, wind, and electric car industries.
If The Wall Is A National Emergency, Then What About Climate Change?
At least "climate change is a real emergency," said one House Democrat.
A Viral Study About Fake News Was Just Retracted
The 2017 study was covered by dozens of news outlets, including BuzzFeed News.
These Five Brands Of Dental Floss May Expose People To Harmful Chemicals, Study Finds
PFAS “forever chemicals” are found in many consumer products, including nonstick cookware, carpets, and easy-glide floss.
The Nazis Killed 25% Of The Holocaust's Victims In Just Three Months, Study Finds
Operation Reinhard, the deadliest Nazi murder campaign in the Holocaust, killed roughly 1.7 million Jews during World War II.
21 Depressing AF Science And Health Stories From 2018
Just another year of climate change, sexual harassment, scientific fraud, and nuclear radiation!
These Major US Airports Could Be Damaged By Climate Change By 2100
Yet another concern for air passengers: climate change.
Here’s How A Colorado Dentist Became Big Sugar’s Worst Nightmare
For decades, companies worked to cast doubt on whether sugar harms — until Cristin Kearns started digging up the dirt.
Google’s App Store Has “Disturbing” Kids Games, Groups Warn
“Google doesn’t really have any incentive to clean up its own app store,” said one child advocate.
Here’s What Happened At The Year’s Biggest Climate Talks
“I think there’s going to be a reckoning next year,” said one climate expert.
Ryan Zinke Is Quitting As Interior Department Secretary Amid Ethics Scandals
The outdoorsman, known for his love of taxidermy, is leaving the Interior after allegations that he used his power for personal financial gain.
The Cities Where The Cops See No Hate
The victims were beaten or threatened with deadly weapons. They were taunted with racist or anti-gay abuse. Yet the police decided these weren’t hate crimes.
Cuba “Sonic Attack” Update: A Controversial Study Suggests Inner Ear Damage
“These are very ambiguous results,” one critic said.
The Trump Administration Is Trolling The Year’s Biggest Global Climate Conference
The US is planning a pro–fossil fuel event next week on the sidelines of the climate negotiations in Poland.
Is Your Home At Risk From Wildfire? Check These Maps.
We don’t know exactly when and where wildfires will strike, but almost two decades of fire history show the areas at highest risk.
The Overdose Crisis Is So Bad That Some Experts Want To Prescribe Heroin To Treat Addiction
“Using heroin in this way, frankly, freaks people out in the US,” said one expert.
Nobody Believed Neil DeGrasse Tyson's First Accuser. Now There Are Three More.
No one believed Tchiya Amet when she said Tyson had raped her in the 1980s. Now, three other women tell BuzzFeed News that he harassed them, including one who’s sharing her story publicly for the first time.
China’s HIV And Infertility Crisis Made The Gene-Edited Babies Experiment Possible
“I didn’t want to be a lab rat,” a man who dropped out of the experiment told a Chinese magazine.
The World Is Gathering To Save Us From Climate Change. It’s Not Going Well.
Expectations are lackluster for the year’s most important climate meeting, starting today in Poland’s coal country and sponsored by coal companies.
US Life Expectancy Has Dropped — Again
“Where are we going to be in another 10 years if we don’t do something?”
Another Woman In China Is Pregnant With A Genetically Engineered Baby
At a meeting in Hong Kong, Jiankui He said he has created 31 gene-edited human embryos so far.
The World Is On Track For “Catastrophic” Climate Change, UN Report Finds
“We are far off track,” one expert said.
HIV Researchers Slam The Scientist Who Made Genetically Engineered Babies
“I’m angry on behalf of the genetic engineering community. I’m angry on behalf of the HIV community,” one expert said.
The Genetically Engineered Twin Girls In China May Carry Dangerous Genetic Mutations, Experts Warn
“Lulu and Nana might be sitting out there with off-target effects of all kinds,” said one expert.
Here’s How Climate Change Is Already Impacting The US (Hint: It’s Not Good)
“The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country,” per the new US government report.
This Giant Avocado Has Sparked A Lawsuit Over Who Gets To Sell It
The avocado boom has birthed a fight over who gets to make money off the patented giant “Carla.”
Happy Holidays! Here’s Why You Have A Gut Ache
“It's hard to imagine hunter-gatherers feasting on the sheer quantity of food that Americans eat at Thanksgiving,” said one anthropologist.
California Already Had A Housing Crisis. The Wildfires Are Making It Worse.
After a wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, nearby Chico is struggling to absorb the new demands for housing. "We’re out of rentals 100%," one real estate agent said.
Here’s What You Should Know If You Live In California And Breathe Air
Particulate matter in smoke can aggravate asthma and pose a risk to your heart.
Just Before Thanksgiving, A Turkey Supplier Is Recalling 91,000 Pounds Of Raw Meat Because Of Salmonella Fears
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the feds still don’t know the original source of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened 164 people and killed one.
Trump Is Tapping Andrew Wheeler To Formally Lead The EPA
Before joining Trump's EPA, Andrew Wheeler was a coal lobbyist. He must still be confirmed by the Senate.
Could Pot Help Solve The Opioid Crisis?
A $238,000 federal study will follow more than 10,000 medical marijuana patients in New York over the next two years to see if their opioid use drops.
Is Your Home At Risk Of Flooding From Rising Seas By 2050? Check This Map.
Homeowners in these areas will need to get used to flooding year after year.
This Scientist Used Live Viruses To Save A Woman's Life From A Superbug Infection
Once dismissed as fringe, phage therapy is gaining traction as a last resort when antibiotics fail. It's the subject of a new episode of the Netflix docuseries Follow This.
People Are Being Subjected To Sonic Booms To See If The Rich Get Supersonic Planes Again
“Building the airplane is the easy part,” said a NASA official.
Big Oil Won Big In The Midterm Elections
It was jobs against the climate in this year’s environmental politics fights. Jobs won.
Colorado's Anti-Fracking Proposal Just Failed — Handing A Big Win To Big Oil
Oil and gas companies spent millions this year in opposition to the proposed rule.
Turns Out Cornell’s Brian Wansink Investigation Is Still Very Much Going
Cornell is looking at whether its star professor’s misconduct affected research funded by the federal government.
In Florida, Republican Candidates Are Talking About Climate Change — Because They Have To
In most of the country, candidates don’t have to wade through the environmental muck. Not so in Florida.
1,600 Scientists Just Signed A Letter Opposing A Legal Definition Of A Gender Binary
The open letter says that any attempt to define gender based on a person’s anatomy at birth or their genes is not grounded in science.
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out Over That New Study Linking Cancer To Cellphones
Male rats zapped with high radiation actually lived longer, on average, than their undosed counterparts, because they suffered lower rates of kidney disease.
Cornell Should Reveal What It Found Out About Disgraced Food Scientist Brian Wansink, Dozens Of Scientists Say
“The practice of science requires the highest levels of transparency,” researchers said in an open letter to Cornell.
A Star Neuroscientist Allegedly Drugged And Sexually Assaulted A Grad Student At A Scientific Meeting
Vanderbilt University placed David Sweatt on leave in August, after the allegation surfaced on Twitter. Records obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the school was warned he was a “potential safety threat” in 2017.
Manipulative And Distracting Ads Are Ruining Kids Apps, Researchers Say
Prompted by an alarming new study, advocacy groups want the feds to investigate how apps target preschoolers.
Here’s Why Climate Activists Are Hitting The Panic Button Over Brazil’s New President
If Jair Bolsonaro opens the Amazon to more business, as his backers want, the new president threatens the world’s ability to prevent catastrophic climate change.
ER Patients Were Injected With Ketamine As Part Of A Clinical Study Without Their Consent
Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis conducted studies using psychoactive drugs on “agitated” patients without their consent.
Oil Companies Are Pouring Money Into Two States To Kill Proposed Environmental Rules
Environmentalists who want to pass new regulations on oil and gas sites in Colorado have raised about $1 million. Their oil industry opponents have raised more than $35 million.
These Doctors Are Illegally Prescribing Addiction Medications. But Should They Be Prosecuted?
Some prosecutors are cracking down on prescription fraud involving the common addiction treatment Suboxone. Critics say this will only fuel the epidemic.