Science and Environment

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.  

Relating to Water

July 22, 2011

Relating to Water

Dan Cloer

In The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water, journalist Charles Fishman reintroduces the reader to life’s most precious resource—water.

Precautionary Principles: Small World

Spring 2011

Precautionary Principles

Dan Cloer

We can learn from our mistakes. Recognizing and correcting errors, and the sources of errors, can help us avoid future errors.

It's a Small World

Spring 2011

It’s a Small World

Dan Cloer

The United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry. While the world celebrates a century of scientific progress, we have to ask how our dreams of a synthetic utopia might end. 

The Missing Dots

July 6, 2011

The Missing Dots

Dan Cloer

Stanford symposium Connecting the Dots looks for connections between agriculture, energy and the environment as population grows.

Biography: Marie Curie

Spring 2011

Marie Curie: Blazing a Trail

Dan Cloer

Little Manya Sklodowski (Marie Curie) became the first woman to earn the Nobel Prize in Physics, and the first person ever to earn a second Prize.

The Omega Men

Winter 2011

The Omega Men

Dan Cloer

Is preserving the species, or even the planet, the ultimate in human meaning? Vision looks at three recent books that outline potential end-time disasters.

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