Jul 2, 2014 — If nature is like a game played by the gods, scientists are the observers trying to figure out the rules. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser asks: Can our knowledge ever be complete?
Apr 15, 2014 — The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
Jan 28, 2014 — The real dilemma we face from climate change is keeping this machine we call civilization working in a rapidly changing natural world. Nature, life, will survive and thrive, regardless of what happens to humanity, says commentator Adam Frank.
Dec 11, 2013 — We have a vice: an addiction to screen time and digital linkage. Not a moment is allowed to go by without tapping into some free-flowing source of information. The antidote, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, is renewal of our links to the natural world.
Aug 29, 2013 — When children have so little experience of nature that they fear butterflies, how should we respond? That's the question anthropologist Barbara J. King asks after reading about a new garden at the Dallas Arboretum focused on educating kids.
Aug 15, 2013 — The number of acres burned this wildfire season is nearly half of what it was this time last year, though the most active period hasn't yet begun in parts of the West. By one tragic measure, however, 2013 has been one of the grimmest seasons in years.
Jun 26, 2013 — The laws of man order society, making sure we don't descend into chaos; the laws of nature reveal ordered patterns. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser considers the similarities and differences between the two, and whether the laws of Nature could change, as the laws of man do.
Mar 26, 2013 — The wilderness is not just a thing, it's a need. It's an idea that has grown up with humans and it will follow us from this planet to the next, and beyond. Commentator Adam Frank plots our future course.
Feb 14, 2013 — Judy Van der Veer poured her experiences of living on a California ranch into books evoking the delights and sorrows of the natural world. On Valentine's Day, commentator Barbara J. King shares her love for Van der Veer's writing.
Feb 3, 2013 — Murderous cats are in the headlines this week. Commentator and cat-rescuer Barbara J. King questions the reliability of the new, extreme cat-killer statistics, which appear in a "meta-study" that she says makes some questionable assumptions.