Tag: science

The Afterlife of Waste

October 2015

The Turkish artist on moving to the epicenter of throwaway culture and imagining the life-forms that “might emerge out of the contemporary ooze.”

Splitting the Moon

September 2015

Boundaries of Nature: A physicist considers the appeal of miracles.

Margaret Klein: We Need to Talk

September 2014

The founder of The Climate Mobilization talks with Bridget Read about how psychology—not science—may be the key to ending America’s climate denial.

Nina Martin: Amid Abortion Debate, the Pursuit of Science

January 2014

A leading abortion researcher on science and stigmatization.

Bill McKibben: Obama Versus Physics

January 2013

Why climate change won't wait for the president.

Joel Kovel and Quincy Saul: Apocalypse and Revelation Are the Same Word

December 2012

The founders of Ecosocialist Horizons discuss climate change, the collapse of capitalism, and building a new world in the shell of the old.

Amitav Ghosh: Products of Folly

November 2012

The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.

Richard Falk: Apollo’s Curse and Climate Change

October 2012

The scientific community is largely united on the dangers of climate change, so why is no one listening?

Rock Whisperer

October 2012

To find out how fast, and how much, polar ice might melt in the future, scientists are looking to ancient rocks for clues of what happened in the past.

Katherine Rowland: Whole Earth Mental Health

September 2012

The evolving field of ecopsychology aims to cure what ails us by bridging the human-nature rift.

Designed for Death

September 2012

As we grapple with the legal, political, and cultural implications of drone warfare and targeted killing, the renowned anthropologist draws on an older turning point in military ethics—weapons design at Los Alamos.

Lewis H. Lapham: Magic and the Machine

June 2012

The ascension of science in so many facets of our everyday lives has not sparked a revitalization of belief in the power of reason.

Andrea Jones: Brainwave on Brainwaves

May 2012

When writer Rivka Galchen and neuroscientist David Linden get together, the boundaries of science, emotion, and memory blur.

God Bless You, Mr. Greybeard

June 2011 The iconic anthropologist and activist on what chimpanzees tell us about our ultimate destiny, the sixth great extinction, and reasons for hope.


May 2011 Since 1997, I have spent several months each year living alongside biologists in the rainforests of Peru, Brazil, French Guyana, and Costa Rica. As an artist I am attracted to the idea that when I am working in a rainforest, I am a “visual researcher.”

from Prose from the Observatory

January 2011

[T]he observatories beneath the moon of Jaipur and Delhi, the black ribbon of migrations, the eels in the middle of the street or in the stalls in a theatre...