Science and Environment

Interview with Clive Svendsen: Just Getting On with Business

Summer 2010

Just Getting On With Business

Dan Cloer

Vision asks Clive Svendsen of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles about the current direction in stem-cell research.

In the Zone

Summer 2010

In the Zone

Dan Cloer

What is it about human beings that makes us always want to push the limits? When it comes to the frontiers of medical science, is it possible to go too far? 

environmental issues

Summer 2010

Mother Earth?

Peter Nathan

Popular references to our planet as Mother Earth, and to the natural forces that govern it as Mother Nature, bring to mind the ancient goddess Gaia.

In the Beginning

Spring 2010

In the Beginning

Martin Coates

How the universe came into existence continues to intrigue—and baffle—cosmologists. Can anyone ever know how it all really began?

The New Synthesis

June 21, 2010

The New Synthesis

Dan Cloer

May 20, 2010, may one day be known as another key marker, a hinge of history in terms of the human control of life. 

Darwin Quotes

March 24, 2010

In Darwin’s Words

Dan Cloer

Darwin seemed to understand that sometimes the more we know, the more we realize how little we know.

Special Report: The Shape of the Planet

April 26, 2010

Earth Day Retrospective: Shape of the Planet

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick

At the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the earth’s seven billion inhabitants were asked to ponder the effect of our conduct on environmental issues.

Big Bang: Yes, but . . .

Spring 2010

Yes, but . . .

Martin Coates

Even if one accepts the big-bang model on faith, obvious questions come to mind for most people: What came before the big bang?

Mayan Mayhem

March 9, 2010

Mayan Mayhem: Is 2012 the End of the World?

Dan Cloer

Like a newly discovered celebrity, the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 phenomenon is taking hold. But is there any truth to these end of the world predictions?

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