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Beyond carbon emissions and safety, the debate must also confront how the choices we make now constrain the kind of world we can build in the future.
Samuel Miller McDonald
Our mastery over microbes is only a few decades old. It is also far more precarious than we imagine.
Concerns about long-term side effects have helped fuel vaccine hesitancy. An immunologist explains why we can be confident in vaccine safety.
Andrew L. Croxford
If we want to address vaccine hesitancy in the health care system, we must treat its lowest paid workers better.
Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako
An intelligence report and a new Harvard research project have renewed the public’s interest in UFOs. Neither is likely to change many minds.
The pandemic increased demand and possibilities for automating care, but doing so may deliver racist stereotypes and unemployment for women of color.
Anna Romina Guevarra
To support the work of the future, we must promote workers’ skills as crucial to technological progress.
A recent government report gave UFOs a rebrand, but so many basic questions remain unanswered.
Justice demands that we think not just about profit or performance, but above all about purpose.
Billionaires such as Musk, Bezos, and Branson peddle the idea that space represents a public hope, all the while reaping big private profits.
Seventy years after the civil preparedness film Duck and Cover, it is long past time to reckon with the way white supremacy shaped U.S. nuclear defense efforts during the Cold War.
Erica X Eisen
Recent efforts to commemorate Laura Bassi—a pioneering physicist in eighteenth-century Italy—often say more about us than the world of women in science.
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