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Truth, Lies & Uncertainty
Behavior & Society

Truth, Lies & Uncertainty

Searching for reality in unreal times

By Seth Fletcher, Jen Schwartz and Kate Wong
The Search for Truth in Physics
Physics

The Search for Truth in Physics

How close can physics bring us to a truly fundamental understanding of the world?

By George Musser
Is the Mathematical World Real?
Math

Is the Mathematical World Real?

Philosophers cannot agree on whether mathematical objects exist or are pure fictions

By Kelsey Houston-Edwards
The Neuroscience of Reality
Behavior & Society

The Neuroscience of Reality

Reality is constructed by the brain, and no two brains are exactly alike

By Anil K. Seth
How Professional Truth Seekers Search for Answers
Policy & Ethics

How Professional Truth Seekers Search for Answers

Nine experts describe how they sort signal from noise

By Brooke Borel
Deception in the Animal Kingdom
Evolution

Deception in the Animal Kingdom

Homo sapiens is not the only species that lies

By Barbara J. King
How Misinformation Spreads--and Why We Trust It
Behavior & Society

How Misinformation Spreads--and Why We Trust It

The most effective misinformation starts with seeds of truth

By Cailin O'Connor and James Owen Weatherall
The Contagion of Corruption
Behavior & Society

The Contagion of Corruption

Dishonesty begets dishonesty, rapidly spreading unethical behavior through a society

By Dan Ariely and Ximena Garcia-Rada
How to Defraud Democracy
Computing

How to Defraud Democracy

A worst-case cyberwarfare scenario for the 2020 American presidential election

By J. Alex Halderman and Jen Schwartz
When Assessing Novel Risks, Facts Are Not Enough
Behavior & Society

When Assessing Novel Risks, Facts Are Not Enough

How we make decisions in the face of incomplete knowledge and uncertainty

By Baruch Fischhoff
How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns
Behavior & Society

How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns

Interpreting uncertainty through data visualizations

By Jessica Hullman
The Search for Social Identity Leads to "Us" versus "Them"
Behavior & Society

The Search for Social Identity Leads to "Us" versus "Them"

Uncertainty in the world threatens our sense of self. To cope, people embrace populism

By Michael A. Hogg
Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder
Computing

Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder

Our willingness to share content without thinking is exploited to spread disinformation

By Claire Wardle

Departments

  • From the Editor

    Science Communication 101

  • Letters

    Readers Respond to the May 2019 Issue

  • Advances

    Ancient, Pancake-Shaped Marine Animals Were on the Move

  • Perfect Crepes, by Way of Physics

  • Migrating Birds Provide Surprising Snacks for Sharks  

  • Tiny Paintings Draw Color from Microscopic Cracks  

  • Frogs Make Their Homes in Elephant Footprints

  • Scientists Tripped People for Science  

  • Birds of a Feather Flap Faster to Stay Together  

  • In Case You Missed It

  • Mapping HIV Prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa  

  • Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions  

  • "Particle" Robots Work Together to Perform Tasks

  • Forum

    Why Our Disabilities Make Us Better Scientists Despite the Odds Against Us

  • The Science of Health

    When Vitamin Pills Are Too Much of a Good Thing

  • The Science Agenda

    Everyone Is an Agent in the New Information Warfare

  • Recommended

    The History of Opium, Facing Up to Quantum Mechanics and Other New Science Books

  • Anti Gravity

    Even If We Knew Everything That Can Be Known, We Wouldn't Know It All  

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    Lunar Geology in 1969; Heaven "Located" in 1869

  • Graphic Science

    Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread  

  • The Intersection

    If You Want to Freak Out, Do a Web Search of Your Symptoms  

  • Ventures

    Apple's Amazing New Screen

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