Looking back on the past year in science, the coolest advances seem to be coming in areas such as gene editing and quantum computing. This is sexy research pointing with confidence to the future. Yet we should remember that some of the most important ...
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Crispr and other tools could save us from the most tragic diseases, but what if they change what makes us human?
Pollution generated by human activity isn't limited to the Earth and its climate.
Full denuclearization may not even be possible.
The rise and fall of a Canadian province's cod supplies points to the danger of industrial-scale fishing.
Electric-vehicle technology is only as clean as its sources of power.
Despite the Paris Agreement on climate change, the gap between what needs to happen and what is happening remains large, and is even growing.
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics rewarded work that is merely one more step in the study of ordinary matter that has been going on for centuries.
In his determination to "make America great again," Donald Trump should not turn away decisively from the things that have made America great in the past, including steady and unwavering support for its allies.
While some academics believe the world is getting more peaceful, new research suggests they might be getting their math wrong.