Science and Environment

A New Earth

Summer 2009

A New Earth

Dan Cloer

Our planet shows increasing signs of succumbing to our assault. There are many ideas on fixing the problem, but the solution lies close to home.

Biography: George Hale: To Know the Stars and the Sunbeams

August 3, 2009

George Hale: To Know the Stars and Sunbeams

Ben Orchard

The last century was a time of cosmic exploration; George Hale’s contribution was in building tools that have given us greater access to the universe.

Moon landing anniversary

July 20, 2009

From the Ground Up

Dan Cloer

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first extraterrestrial steps for mankind after the lunar module Eagle landed on the moon.

Neil Armstrong: A Man Out of Time

July 20, 2009

Neil Armstrong: A Man Out of Time

Robert Kehoe

For almost anyone alive on July 20, 1969, the first words from the Moon and man’s first steps are flashbulb events immortalized in the mind.

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.: Spam in a Can

July 13, 2009

Alan B. Shepard, Jr.: Spam in a Can?

Dan Cloer

Alan B. Shepard, Jr. lived twice as long as many people expected. The first American in space, he lit America’s enthusiasm to rally behind the space program.

Keep on Trek'n

May 8, 2009

Keep on Trek’n

Dan Cloer

The launch window of the 11th Star Trek movie is now open. As ticket buyers line up, skeptics of the franchise continue to wonder: what exactly is the attraction?

Another Another World: Looking for Another Earth

April 27, 2009

Another Another World

Dan Cloer

Just as a soap opera will not give valuable insight into real human relationships, finding another earth will not help us understand our place in the universe.

Interview with Paul Erlich: And Then What?

Winter 2009

And Then What?

Dan Cloer

Paul Ehrlich’s dire predictions of the effect of a burgeoning world population never came to pass. Or maybe, he says, they simply haven’t yet.

Book Review: End of the Line

Winter 2009

End of the Line

Dan Cloer

Economic, financial and industrial downturns are causing international distress; the prescribed cure creates its own set of debilitating consequences.

A Change in the Air

January 12, 2009

A Change in the Air

Dan Cloer

Skeptics question if building cities, removing forests and increasing the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere matter in the big picture of life on earth.

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