Science

When Animals Shed Their Wings

When Animals Shed Their Wings

Worker ants can sprout wings—but don’t. Ant and termite queens destroy theirs after mating. Many island birds evolve into flightlessness. Can evolution explain why?

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
7 min read
Evolutionary Biology
An Astronomer Cancels His Own Research—Because the Results Weren’t Popular

An Astronomer Cancels His Own Research—Because the Results Weren’t Popular

Astronomy seems to be in trouble, as it is increasingly populated by researchers who seem more concerned with terrestrial politics than celestial objects, and who at times view the search for truths about nature as threatening. This became obvious in recent years, once the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project

Lawrence M. Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss
10 min read
Academia
As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader

As US Schools Prioritize Diversity Over Merit, China Is Becoming the World’s STEM Leader

All three of us are mathematicians who came to the United States as young immigrants, having been attracted by the unmatched quality and openness of American universities. We came, as many others before and after, with nothing more than a good education and a strong desire to succeed. As David

Percy Deift, Svetlana Jitomirskaya, and Sergiu Klainerman
Percy Deift, Svetlana Jitomirskaya, and Sergiu Klainerman
12 min read
academics
Who Will Save Us From Racist AI?

Who Will Save Us From Racist AI?

In recent years, a wealth of literature has emerged exploring how AI and machine learning (ML) can improve diagnostic precision in medicine. Combined with deep learning (a subset of ML), this research has the potential, inter alia, to advance cancer detection, streamline treatment algorithms, and enhance our ability to predict

Zachary Robert Caverley
Zachary Robert Caverley
8 min read
Health
Whatever It Is, It Ain’t Aliens

Whatever It Is, It Ain’t Aliens

From my knowledge of the world that I see around me, I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence. ~Richard P. Feynman, The Character

Lawrence M. Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss
5 min read
Science
Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Looking for COVID-19 ‘Miracle Drugs’? We Already Have Them. They’re Called Vaccines

Bret Weinstein, a former professor of biology at Evergreen State College, is best known for being hounded off his own campus in 2017 by a horde of social-justice zombies who themselves seemed to resemble nothing so much as a lab accident gone wrong. Having become a martyr of hyper-progressive ideological

Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
Claire Berlinski and Yuri Deigin
13 min read
Bioethics
Mate Selection for Modernity

Mate Selection for Modernity

“All things in nature occur mathematically.” ~ Rene Descartes Dating and the process of mate selection have changed. The rise of hook-up culture, proliferation of dating apps, and ever-increasing age of first marriage are evidence of this. This current situation can be summarized along four parameters: Increasing female achievement.Growing variability

Vincent Harinam
Vincent Harinam
15 min read
Recommended
Standing Up to the Gender Ideologues: a Quillette Editorial

Standing Up to the Gender Ideologues: a Quillette Editorial

On June 23rd, Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts put out a carefully worded five-paragraph media statement regarding German-born textile artist Jess de Wahls. “We have apologised to Jess de Wahls for the way we have treated her and do so again publicly now,” read the RA communiqué. “We had

Quillette
Quillette
8 min read
Activism