Science and Environment

Reflecting on Rio

Spring 2012

Reflecting on Rio

Dan Cloer

The world doesn’t seem much closer to attaining its sustainability goals. Will Rio+20 produce the results they’re hoping for?

Iceberg Dead Ahead: Economic Titanic

April 12, 2012

Iceberg Dead Ahead!

Dan Cloer

Ignoring economic icebergs in pursuit of limitless growth is foolish. Like the Titanic, this ship is not unsinkable.

Landlord or Tenant?

Winter 2012.

Landlord or Tenant?

Dan Cloer

The earth seems to have been built specifically with us—all of humankind—in mind.

A Universal Universe

Winter 2012

A Universal Universe

Dan Cloer

An excerpt from The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Change the World presents very optimistic hopes of unifying humanity.

Let There Be Dark

Winter 2012

Let There Be Dark

Dan Cloer

Every culture, tribe and religion seems to have its own story about the origins of life and of the universe itself. Today scientists hope to bridge the divides with a unifying story of their own.

Finding our place

November 14, 2011

Finding Our Place

Dan Cloer

Wendy Freedman, director of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, spoke to Vision about measuring the universe, and about dark matter and energy.

Seven Billion at the Door

October 31, 2011

Seven Billion at the Door

Dan Cloer

As the UN pegs today as the date when human population passes 7 billion, we can expect increasingly strident calls to re-evaluate our planetary role.

The Bubble Machine

Summer 2011

The Bubble Machine

Dan Cloer

Is the universe accidental—now pictured as a single bubble within a cosmic foam? Or is this just a choice of belief, not an empirical conclusion?

The Mind of God

Summer 2011

The Mind of God

Dan Cloer

Scientists are turning the cosmos upside down in their search for a unifying Theory of Everything. But there’s one place most of them won’t look.  

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