Tech & Science
This Week's Edition
Stories by Sharon Begley
Begley: Why Patenting Genes Is a Bad Idea
Why patenting genes is a bad idea.
Will Retracted Study Affect Autism Activism?
But it's not likely to affect the anti-vaccine movement.
Why Antidepressants Are No Better Than Placebos
Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse.
Sexual Infidelity: Nature or Nurture?
Gender differences in what makes us jealous has nothing to do with 'caveman DNA.'
More Mammograms for Women Who Don't Need Them
A new study shows women who won't benefit still get the tests.
How Behavior Can Change Your DNA
The promise—and the hype—of changing your DNA through behavior.
The Psychology Behind the Iranian Nuclear Program
The psychology behind Iranian support for the country's nuclear program.
Begley: Does the Internet Change How We Think?
Does the Web change how we think?
How the CDC Misled Seniors About Swine Flu
The CDC's vaccination advice for the over-65 set has been misleading.
How Dams Influence Local Climate Patterns
What new research about how dams affect rainfall says about man-made climate change.
After Copenhagen, Climate Talks That Will Work
Can we now try climate talks that actually have a chance of working?
How Politics Changes Our View of Science
The partisan divide over science.
The Truth About the ClimateGate E-Mails: Begley
Hacked e-mails have compromised scientists—but not the science itself.
Inside the Battle Over Climate Change Science
Stephen Schneider's new book exposes the politics of climate science.
The Case for Skipping Breast Self-Exams
Why skipping self-exams may be even more controversial.
Begley: Why The Power of DNA is Overrated
DNA takes you only so far.
James Hansen Talks About Climate Change
Climate scientist James Hansen talks about global warming, Copenhagen, and his new book.
The Failure of the Copenhagen Climate Talks
The 192 countries flocking to Copenhagen next month won't reach consensus on climate change. That won't stop them from acting alone.
How To Make Yourself More Creative - Begley
When it's a key to boosting creativity.
OMG, There's a Credit Card Gene
Researchers say people with a certain gene variant are more likely to have credit-card debt.
Babies' Cries Could Be Early Language
A new study finds the roots of language in newborns' first sounds
The Upside of Depression
Depression might be evolution's way of fixing what ails us
Why Neanderthals Really Went Extinct: Begley
Why Neanderthals went extinct.
Our Brains are Wired for Hypocrisy - Begley
Why it's so easy to justify our bad behavior.
Why a Top Cancer Center Could Save Your Life
The right doctors can make all the difference when it comes to treating cancer. So why don't we know who they are?
Black CEOs and the Teddy Bear Effect
If you're black and want to lead a Fortune 500 company, look cuddly.
The Case for Evidence Based Medicine
But doctors use them anyway. The case for evidence-based medicine.
Why Psychologists Reject Science: Begley
Why do psychologists reject science?
Betting on Who Will Win a Nobel Prize This Year
Who'll be tapped for a trip to Stockholm this year?
Copenhagen Climate Talks: Why They May Fail
The path to Copenhagen looks rockier than ever.
How Genes May Be Altered by Experience: Begley
Was a 'fraud' really a discovery?
Health Care Rationing: Why Americans Reject It
Adopting treatment guidelines based on studies of what actually works is downright un-American.