It’s a political job, not a scientific one.
Nineteen months in, Trump has nominated a candidate to fill the empty science adviser position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a California fundraiser in August.
AP/Jae C. Hong
The victory of a Democratic Socialist in a New York primary will not lead to the dictatorship of the proletariat. It's an incremental addition to the long history of moderate socialism in the US.
Roy Orbison’s hologram performs with an orchestra.
Critics say hologram tours exploit the dead for a quick buck. But there's something about Roy Orbison's ethereal mystique that makes this one a particularly fitting tribute.
Is it ethical to eat meat?
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
Presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki.
Donald Trump admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Putin's track record over his career reveals a serial liar, and presents damning evidence of complicity in multiple critics' violent deaths.
Donald Trump, taking the presidential oath of office in 2017.
Donald Trump has lately been called "treasonous" by some; others say he's violated his oath of office. What are the president's Constitutional obligations -- and who holds the president accountable?
Wildland firefighters, like this crew heading into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, in 2012, are equipped and operate differently from urban firefighters.
USFS Gila National Forest
A historian of wildfires explains the difference between urban and rural fire cultures, and what it means for protecting communities in fire-prone rural areas.
An aerial view of Seligman, Arizona, looking west, dated March 12, 1971. Route 66 bisects the town.
James R. Powell Route 66 Collection/Newberry Library
'The Mother Road' is one step closer to becoming a National Historic Trail, which would allocate funds for struggling towns along the original Route 66.
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, speaks outside the Supreme Court
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
The Janus decision by the Supreme Court is a serious legal and financial blow to unions and their hundreds of thousands of members. But it will not kill public-employee unions or teachers' unions.
Carbon nanotubes are one of the products created from engineering at the nanoscale.
Last week, Elon Musk 'called BS' on nanotechnology. And it threw up an important question: just what is nanotech, and is it more hype than science?
Mark Zuckerberg's decision to heavily restrict Facebook's APIs turns an opaque social network into an unaccountable black box.
Testing a new voting machine is a good start.
AP Photo/David Goldman
As millions in federal dollars flow to states to protect elections, what should the money help pay for?
An autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on March 18.
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Companies developing autonomous vehicles are missing out on the local knowledge and values of the people who live where these cars are tested. And that lack of engagement sets up bigger problems.
Subbing new risks for the current dyes’ dangers?
Less-toxic hair dye would be a great invention. But discounting the risks that come with nanoparticles could undermine other efforts to protect human health and environmental from their effects.
The intensity of heavy downpours in Houston has increased dramatically since the 1950s, leading some people to argue the city’s disaster planning and infrastructure are not up-to-date.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
It's not just about rebuilding infrastructure after storms: Cities need to systematically rethink their knowledge systems which are at the heart of urban resilience.
Is this the endgame for any geoengineering scenario?
A disaster fantasy raises questions about tinkering with Earth's climate. With real-life scientists exploring geoengineering, what conversations should we be having now around these technologies?
Former astronaut Julie Payette urges Canada to use science, knowledge, and innovation as paths to better future for all, during her installation ceremony as Canada’s 29th Governor General in the Senate chamber of Parliament on Oct. 2.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Society needs more research that is both excellent and useful. We can achieve this by shifting the academic culture toward research that is Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR).
Will it be only a few decades before Mars tourism is a reality?
Musk’s audacious plan to blast people to Mars by 2024 glosses over some important social and political challenges that SpaceX will need to successfully navigate to get off the ground.
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Can the region rebuild infrastructure so that it can better withstand extreme weather events?
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
After extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey, city planners need to think about the smartest way to rebuild. Here are some no-regrets infrastructure investment ideas.
Tuskegee Airmen and P-47.
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
What WWII-era African-American protests reveal about the historical relationship between Nazism and white supremacy in the United States.