The Lab-Leak Hypothesis Made It Harder for Scientists to Seek the Truth

Whenever scientific findings threaten people’s sense of control over their lives, conspiracy theories are never far behind. The emergence of novel viruses is no exception. New pathogens have always been accompanied by conspiracy theories about their origin. These claims are often exploited and amplified—and sometimes even created—by political actors. In the 1980s the Soviet KGB … Read more

Zero-gravity beds and flame-grilled “truth”: The 2021 Feedback awards

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more Humans 15 December 2021 Josie Ford 2021, eh? While undertaking the end-of-year reordering of our extensive piling system, we are tempted to file the past 12 months under “see 2020”. But leafing through our leaves with moistened forefinger, we find … Read more

Methane’s climate impact was just one truth finally accepted at COP26

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque via Alamy One of the positives to come out of last month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow was official recognition of the central role that climate science must play both in understanding and solving the problem. That might seem an odd thing to say – surely science has always been at the heart … Read more