Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence. Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence
On-air ‘experts’ are more disconnected from their demographics than ever – and their lack of expertise has become glaring in the age of Trump The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne
A look at the available evidence It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science
After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta What is happening to national politics?
But we’re better off believing in it anyway. For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that
In science as in politics, most people agree that transparency is essential. Top journals now require authors to disclose their funding sources so that readers can judge the possibility of bias, and the
Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta, a Trudeau Fellow and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Scientific revolutions are everywhere.
One of Science in Transition’s founders describes how his experience as a young HIV/AIDS researcher convinced him that science needs to change HIV/AIDS research in the early 1980s was a new and exciting
Their ancient silver mines are still poisoning farmland in China Though the heyday of the Mongol empire was well over 700 years ago, the legend of the mighty Khans persists to this day, recorded in popular
Many comedians have done a bang-up job showing that climate deniers are ridiculous, but nobody has done it better than John Oliver. On his HBO show, "Last Week Tonight," Oliver hosts a statistically accurate
They were some of the strangest animals to walk the Earth: wombats as big as hippos, sloths larger than bears, four-tusked elephants, and an armadillo that would have dwarfed a VW Beetle. They flourished
Canadian researchers think they have found a great way to trace the travels of treated sewage after it is discharged into rivers: Follow the artificial sweeteners. The scientists found elevated concentrations
Presidents at 42 private colleges scaled the $1 million annual mark in total pay and benefits in 2011 — a slight bump from the year before, according to a survey based on the latest federal tax information
The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and one astronaut thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival. One person who would like to see humans living outside the Earth our
Negotiators from around 190 countries are meeting in Warsaw to try to advance steps towards a global climate agreement. Participants say there is a growing sense of realism about the scale of what can
A new Boston Globe profile rounds up a decade of work in Washington by astrophysicist Willie Soon. The vast majority of scientists think climate change is real, serious (real serious?), and human-caused,