From TNR, Molly Mirhashem on how a bogus scientific study becomes Internet fact; and Alice Robb on the duck penis paradox: Is too much Internet pop science drowning out the serious stuff? Roald Hoffmann on the tensions of scientific storytelling: Science depends on compelling narratives. The enduring scariness of the mad scientist: Cari Romm on why people still find Dr. Frankenstein and company so unsettling — and what that reveals about the public's relationship to science. Declan Fahy on Hollywood’s newest hero stereotype: The scientist. The face of science: Sam Kean on how Albert Einstein became a celebrity. John Travis on Twitter's science stars. Alexandra Ossola on how too many kids quit science because they don't think they're smart. Women don't stick with the sciences — here's why. Science has a sexual assault problem: Female scientists conducting field research are under threat — and often from their own team. Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci on how academic science isn't sexist. Do you know Elise Andrew? The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand (and more). “Stand back, I'm going to try science”: Gavin Edwards interviews Randall Munroe, author of What If? From Wonkblog, what’s a bigger driver of science denial, politics or religion? To untangle the relationship, let's turn to the data. The provocative case of liberals denying science: whether the evolutionary history of human beings has an important influence on our present day behavior. Coral Davenport on why Republicans keep telling everyone they’re not scientists: The refrain from Republicans is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions — the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it. Sarah Palin says climate change is the new eugenics. Chris Mooney on how tea partiers and traditional Republicans are split on science. Maggie Severns on the next battle in the war on science: The GOP Congress is ready to attack science agency funding in 2015.

A new edition of Arctic Yearbook is out. Megan A. Dean (Georgetown): You Are How You Eat? Femininity, Normalization, and Veganism as an Ethical Practice of Freedom. Tonino Griffero (Rome): Who's Afraid of Atmospheres (and of Their Authority)? Tejas N. Narechania (Columbia): Patent Conflicts. Ted M. Sichelman (San Diego): Are Patent Trolls “Opportunistic”? Helen Reece (LSE): Debating Rape Myths. Samantha Allen on how to be a “perfect” rape victim. If Lebron's #icantbreathe T-shirt bothers you, you are probably a racist. Whites are more confident than ever that their local police treat blacks fairly. Democrats and the South: There are only 50 states, a party can't abandon 9 of them. Ed Kilgore on why it's time for Democrats to stop agonizing over the South. Meet James Mitchell, CIA's post-9/11 torture architect. Fox News wants you to ignore the torture report because “America is awesome” — and no one is reading the CIA torture report, so we turned it into 11 fun memes. A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA’s rendition program. Did the Senate just open the U.S. up to ICC prosecution? (and more) On shooting the messenger: Brett Max Kaufman on where the government’s recurring argument that the messengers, rather than the message, are liable for the violent consequences of national disgraces, breaks down. From the Pew Research Center, Katerina Eva Matsa and Michael Barthel on The New Republic and the state of niche news magazines. Tom Kludt on the three-month countdown for The New Republic time bomb. Steven Attewell on why devolution is a terrible idea for the Left. It’s a dog’s afterlife: Pope Francis hints that animals go to heaven.

G. Edward White (Virginia): Toward a Historical Understanding of Supreme Court Decision-Making. Douglas Rice (Mississippi) and Christopher J. Zorn (Penn State): The Evolution of Consensus in the U.S. Supreme Court. What’s broken in the Supreme Court, and how to fix it: Lauren Kirchner interviews Erwin Chemerinsky, author of The Case Against the Supreme Court (and more and more). Seeking facts, justices settle for what briefs tell them. Michael F. Salamone (Washington State): Community and Persuasion: The Influence of the Federalist Society on the Supreme Court. The echo chamber: Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman on a small group of lawyers and its outsized influence at the U.S. Supreme Court. Norm Ornstein on how activist judges undermine the constitution: Checks and balances are an essential part of the American system — but so too is respect for Congress in interpreting laws. Eric Segall on how Supreme Court justices are not really judges: They don’t take the law seriously enough. Olivier Roeder on why the best Supreme Court predictor in the world is some random guy in Queens. A. E. Dick Howard (Virginia): The Changing Face of the Supreme Court. Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia: Dahlia Lithwick on the thing that scares her most about the Supreme Court (and more). Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American hero: She's staying put — and has some choice words for young feminists. RonNell Andersen Jones (BYU): Media Politicization of the United States Supreme Court. The Obama Brief: The President considers his judicial legacy. Jill Lepore on the Great Paper Caper: Someone swiped Justice Frankfurter’s papers — what else has gone missing?