It may be unnerving to be uncertain about the outcome of things, especially when it comes to the economy, politics, wars, and the weather, says Columbia University biology department chair Stuart Firestein at Wired Science. But in science, uncertainty is helpful rather than harmful. "Wasn't science immune to uncertainty, with its measurements of things like the weight of an electron out to 8 or so decimal places?

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