... eschews debate:
Comments can be bad for science. That's why, here at PopularScience.com, we're shutting them off. It wasn't a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter....As Vox said, it's not that the science is (or isn't) settled, it's because their writers can't advance arguments that can withstand scrutiny.
If you think back to 6th grade science class, there is nothing about most current science that remotely resembles the scientific method. h/t Vox Day