Big data is still pretty bad at figuring out your secrets. That's a relief, and a disappointment.
For Faye Flam's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Beware of interpretations posing as facts. And when explanations are incomplete, don't fall for the fallacy of "god of the gaps."
Understanding how "puppy dog eyes" are manipulating us shouldn't make us love our pets less. But give wolves a chance.
But acknowledging the role of random bad luck should inspire more testing, research and treatments.
Sure, it would be better if no one smoked any nicotine products, but the CDC's repetition of that message blurs important distinctions.
A century ago, English astronomers used a solar eclipse to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity — a revolutionary idea from a German.
Last week the kilogram got a new definition — one that rests on a quantity of light. The old kilogram was defined by a platinum cylinder kept in a vault in Paris, and at first glance, that system might seem more intuitive, but it ...
The ethical difference between two feats of genetic medicine isn't that murky.
Researchers have some dating advice for "maximizers" who can't stop comparison shopping.
High costs plague American health care, but so do low costs: Life-saving generics can become so cheap that companies stop making them.