Here you’ll find links to web pages on important science-related issues.
Things to come: gold mining on the ocean floor
Your cellphone is tracking where you are and what you do—and law enforcement may be watching, too
Cyberattacks against U.S. infrastructure? Yes, they’re a reality, and increasing in number.
Cyber warfare: the U.S. is unprepared for the future face of war
What exactly is the Large Hadron Collider?
Green chemistry: creating synthetic products that won’t kill us
A brief history of plastic
What are they dreaming up at Google X, the secret lab for wild ideas
Poison Apple: the human costs of manufacturing iPads, etc. in China
How does a plane’s black box work?
Five new technologies that will change the world
Growing food in skyscrapers: is this the future of farming?
Explaining the meningitis outbreak
Is this the high-tech future of health care?
New research shows how exercise boosts your brainpower
Taming the killer virus: now there’s a fast way to test for H.I.V. at home
How chemicals affect us… and our children
Researchers think psychedelic drugs can help patients near the end of their lives
Can cell phones cause cancer? The contradictory reports, explained
How Alzheimer’s spreads in the brain: new findings may lead to new treatments
Autism cases are on the rise in the U.S.: why?
75 retired pro football players sue the NFL over brain damage from concussions
Veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries: what they go through
Is sugar toxic?
A human organ, made in a lab with stem cells, is implanted in a patient
All about pollen, and why it makes some of us miserable
Environment, Ecology and Climate
The earth can’t handle the demands we’re putting on it, according to Paul Gilding
Acidification of the oceans: a quick intro
How safe is U.S. drinking water? Contaminants you may not know about…
A grim warning: taking oil from Canadian tar sands will severely hasten global warming
“Please explain this wacky weather.” “Well, it’s complicated…”
Introduction to permaculture, a sustainable agriculture movement
The radiation that’s around us every day
7 billion people on the planet! The case for reducing population growth.
How can birth control solve the world’s problems? Let’s count the ways.
What is cap and trade, exactly?
Energy and Nuclear Power
An alternate vision for America’s energy future: more wind and solar, less fossil fuel
How safe are America’s aging nuclear plants? An Associated Press investigation
After Fukushima, a new plan for storing America’s used nuclear fuel
Energy from the ocean’s waves?
A big fracking problem: hydraulic fracturing for natural gas pollutes drinking water
Fracking: an investigation into the environmental risks of gas drilling
In defense of fracking: natural gas could revolutionize energy in the coming years
The heat beneath the earth’s surface may power the future
A breakthrough in understanding the human genome: “junk DNA.” Please explain!
8 ways humans could cause our own extinction
Are you scientifically literate? Take this basic quiz and see.
The Transit of Venus? Please explain.
What is a Higgs-Boson particle?
Bath salts, a dangerous, lab-made drug? Explain.
Scientists say they’ve found a filament of dark matter. What does that mean?
Have we accelerated human evolution?
NASA’s most powerful rocket ever aims for Mars
20 world-changing ideas, from Scientific American
We are of two minds, rational and intuitive: the Nobel-winning research of Daniel Kahneman