I once argued that the concept of a space race represented old thinking. The modern way forward in space would be through international cooperation and coordination. Today, I think my insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races.
For the life of me, I can’t see why we shouldn’t invoke the UN convention on genocide against Big Tobacco: Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation. The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and […]
When extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy hits, energy infrastructure is often the first thing to fail. In a world that must adapt to climate change, building resilience into such infrastructure may prove key. That, and a number of other activities, help make up President Obama's " all of the above " energy strategy--and new Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is charged with tackling them all during his term. (Moniz once served as an advisor to Scientific American as well as co-author of
A large team of scientists led by Washington University geneticist Dr John Stamatoyannopoulos has found a ‘secret’ second code hiding within human DNA. Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, researchers have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. The genetic code uses a 64-letter alphabet called codons. Dr [...]