Will the New York Times Ever Stop Reporting on UFOs?

In December 2017, the New York Times published a front page story about a ”shadowy” UFO Pentagon program that investigated encounters between Navy fighter pilots and mysterious, gravity-defying objects. Illustrated with several grainy cockpit videos posted to the...

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini’s Curtain Call

In 1997, NASA launched a spacecraft to Saturn. This intrepid explorer called Cassini, spent the better part of 13 years orbiting Saturn and studying it and the planet’s many moons. Not only did Cassini discover new small moons around Saturn, but it found geysers of...

Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?

A video laden with falsehoods about Covid-19 emerged on Facebook last week, and has now been viewed many millions of times. The company has taken steps to minimize the video’s reach, but its fact-checks, in particular, appear to have been applied with a curious—if not...

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

In the spring of 1665, an Englishman named Samuel Pepys noted in his diary that he’d been “to the coffee-house, where all the news is of … the plague growing upon us in this town; and some of the remedies against it: some saying one thing and some another.” The plague...

Beware the Lofty Promises of Covid-19 ‘Tracker’ Apps

Since the world began its battle against the outbreak of Covid-19, mobile apps have promised to do it all: pinpoint infections, predict who may be at highest risk, learn how long the virus survives on surfaces, estimate the fraction of asymptomatic carriers, target...

The Video Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery

Lush, slanting trees drape a concrete tongue of Georgia road as a vehicle slowly motors along. From the driver’s seat, a man attempts to steady his camera, recording the sight before him, but balance is difficult to achieve. In its beginning exhales, the camera tilts...