Science and Environment

Fall 2018

Escape Velocity

Dan Cloer

Technology gives us access to the universe while at the same time creating risks to our continued existence. Does humankind’s best hope for long-term survival come down to leaving Earth behind?

Fall 2018

Destination: Mars

Dan Cloer

The chief engineer for NASA’s robotic Mars Exploration Program talks about what it would take to put people on the Red Planet. Will Mars be humanity’s lifeboat?

Summer 2018

Just How Intelligent Are We?

David Hulme

Increasingly sophisticated and “intelligent” technologies now allow us to alter not only day-to-day life but the planet itself. They also invite abuse—and chaos. What can be done?

Summer 2018

Can We Fix Climate Change?

Dan Cloer

If our reliance on technology has accelerated climate change, maybe technology can fix the problem too. Would it work? Should we try it?

Special Reports

Humanity at Risk

Vision explores some of the “existential threats” that, according to experts, could bring an end to civilization as we know it.

Spring 2018

A Lethal Dose

Ron Dodgen

Synthetic chemicals have become embedded in all aspects of our lives. What will it take to reverse their toxic effect—on our bodies and on our world?

Spring 2018

Is Science Getting in God’s Way?

Dan Cloer

Why does America’s Christian Right take such an active interest in how we view and use scientific findings—to the point of creating its own version of science?

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