Science and Environment

The Greenhouse Effect

Fall 2014

The Greenhouse Effect

Dan Cloer

The “greenhouse effect” is the natural capacity of our atmosphere to reflect and absorb heat.

Human effects on the environment

Fall 2014

A Change of Cene

Dan Cloer

That we affect our environment in various ways is beyond debate, but can we alter the planet and its systems to reverse current trends and avert an impending catastrophe, or do we overestimate our power?

June 16, 2014

End of Agriculture?

David Hulme

We’re losing topsoil at an astonishing rate around the world. Can this lead to the end of agriculture?

Story of Noah

April 21, 2014

Noah Way

Dan Cloer

Are we future-positive or future-negative? When we look out at the world today, the question of what will happen next is not easy to answer.

A Line in the Sand

Winter 2014

A Line in the Sand

Dan Cloer

Earth’s geological record attests to mass extinctions that have taken place over the ages. But since the advent of the nuclear age, we can bring about our own extinction. Will we cross that line?

Best of All Possible Worlds-Francis Bacon

Summer 2013

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Dan Cloer

The separation of religion and science occurred very recently. For millennia the orthodox view was that the physical world did not stand apart from God.

Science and Environment: Blinded by the Dark

Summer 2013

Blinded by the Dark

Dan Cloer

What happens to eyesight when you live in darkness? A tiny fish serves as a metaphor for the material-spiritual divide that has set science and religion at odds with one another.

DIY Brain Makeover

Spring 2013

The Do-It-Yourself Brain Makeover

Gina Stepp

More scientists are hoping to help people transform their minds. Vision reviews three books offering do-it-yourself instructions for building the best brain ever.

One Fish, Two Fish, All Fish, No Fish

Spring 2013

One Fish, Two Fish, All Fish, No Fish

Mark J. Hulme

Despite recent positive changes in some of the world’s enormous fisheries, problems of overfishing and habitat destruction remain very real threats to marine resources.

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