On Humankind’s Rare Future: 5 Concerns for Martin Rees

On Humankind’s Rare Future: 5 Concerns for Martin Rees

Martin Rees is used to thinking big. As Britain’s Astronomer Royal and former president of the Royal Society, he’s accustomed to dealing with cosmic questions and pondering the future. “Many crucial issues need to be handled globally, and involve long-term planning,” says astronomer Martin Rees. “In contrast, the governmental focus is on the short-term.” Visual:…
How the Food Market Controls Nutrition Science: 5 Concerns for Marion Nestle

How the Food Market Controls Nutrition Science: 5 Concerns for Marion...

Marion Nestle may be America’s foremost public nutrition warrior. The scientist, activist, and author has been advocating for clarity in food research and marketing for years, and has been highly critical of the food industry. Her last book, “Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning),” tackled the soda industry with insightful reporting — especially…
Amongst the Whales: 5 Concerns for Nicholas D. Pyenson

Amongst the Whales: 5 Concerns for Nicholas D. Pyenson

Nick Pyenson’s office in the depths of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is crammed with stuff. Fossils — real and 3D-printed — large skulls, and miniscule bones are piled next to books, files and folders, along with many, many boxes. Which isn’t surprising, given that Pyenson is the museum’s curator of fossil…
Losing the Grand Canyon: 5 Concerns for Stephen Nash

Losing the Grand Canyon: 5 Concerns for Stephen Nash

It might seem absurd to think that anything as big and iconic as Grand Canyon National Park could ever be lost. Stephen Nash, a journalist and visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond in Virginia, says the threat is all too real. “It’s as if the park’s life was having to pack its…
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