Science and Environment

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 the complexities of measuring the universe and of the human brain that attempts to make sense of it.

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.  

The Missing Dots

July 6, 2011

The Missing Dots

Dan Cloer

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

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. 

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