I genuinely believe that the biggest part of the belief in a STEM shortage results from our cultural obsession with technology and our perpetual belief that it will cure all of our ills.
Why it’s time to lay the selfish gene to rest. Surprise, the biology you learned in high school isn’t necessarily correct.
Obama’s Ethanol Policy an ‘Ecological Disaster.’ A story of how one borderline environmental policy can have far-reaching and disastrous consequences.
The most dramatic videos of climate change — where you can actually see it taking place — are made by time-lapse, a process that converts non-human timescales to those that fit into our narrow perceptual filters. Time-lapse reduces days to seconds, and years to minutes, but the conversion can go the other way as well. When we expand our vision of the natural world from human time to geologic time, our own individual consciousness and the consequences of our action and inaction become thin strata in a geologic archive that contains aeons.
An astronomer’s vision for an energy revolution. Feature story about Roger Angel and his goal for bringing sustainable energy sources on to a smarter electric grid.
Humanity’s deep future. Interesting survey of future-oriented human thinking. The bit on Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s notion of a great filter is new to me.
The importance of stupidity in scientific research. Sometimes fully realizing the infinite scope of our stupidity is the most liberating thing. This is a cool essay about the importance of productive stupidity.
Swimming On The Hot Side. Talk about a wild job description.