Mike Denison is the audience engagement editor at Science News. Before joining the staff in 2017, he was a social media producer at The Palm Beach Post. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 with a double major in journalism and psychology. When he's not obsessing over web analytics and sharing the right news with the right people online, he’s probably listening to some weird band you've never heard of, anxiously awaiting Philly’s next major sports championship or excitedly raving about Wawa.
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50 years ago, corporate greenwashing was well under way
Concerns about companies distorting their environmental record are nothing new. Environmental ads were flagged as deceptive back in 1971.
Health & Medicine
50 years ago, scientists claimed marijuana threatened teens’ mental health
In the 1970s, scientists linked pot use to mental health woes in teens. Such concerns have helped keep the drug illegal for teens for 50 years.
50 years ago, protests and promises launched the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
50 years ago, the upcoming Trans-Alaska Pipeline prompted an economic boom amid outrage from environmental and Native American groups.
The board game Oceans captures the beauty and ferocity of marine life
North Star Games' Oceans refines the gameplay of its predecessor, Evolution, and creates an immersive, nuanced game world.
Science & Society
We’re closing down our comment section
Science News’ forthcoming website won’t feature comment sections on stories, but instead will invite e-mail feedback so readers can make their voices heard.
Watch a desert kangaroo rat drop-kick a rattlesnake
Desert kangaroo rats have a wide arsenal for dodging rattlesnake ambushes. But the most dramatic might be their powerful midair kick.
50 years ago, scientists studied orcas in the wild for the first time
The study of killer whales has come a long way since the capture of seven in 1968 allowed scientists to study the animals in their habitat.
Health & Medicine
‘Sawbones’ invites readers to laugh at the bizarre history of medicine
‘The Sawbones Book,’ based on the popular podcast by Dr. Sydnee and Justin McElroy, ties the strange history of modern medicine to modern pseudoscience.
New Horizons’ next target has been dubbed Ultima Thule
NASA has named New Horizons spacecraft’s next target Ultima Thule after the public suggested tens of thousands of monikers for the Kuiper Belt object.
NASA wants your help naming New Horizons’ next destination
NASA’s New Horizons mission team is asking the public to vote on a nickname for the spacecraft’s next destination.