Mar 8, 2013 — It's already happened. We humans have already met an intelligent alien. Not only that, we almost certainly had sex with them. And we did here, right here on Earth, not so many generations ago.
Jan 1, 2013 — The discovery of the Higgs boson will likely be hailed as the most important scientific discovery of 2012. But many ideas that change the world don't tend to spring from flashy moments of discovery. Our view of nature — and our technology — often evolve from a sequence of more subtle advances.
May 13, 2012 — Ecologist and "natural security expert" Rafe Sagarin thinks our systems for dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks need to be updated. The best place to turn for advice? Other organisms.
Mar 14, 2012 — Novelists Patricia Marx and Meg Wolitzer take a fresh look at romance, while Samuel Park explores how its fallout leads to an unlikely immigration trajectory for his Korean heroine. In nonfiction, James Gleick explores information theory, Antonio Damasio rethinks consciousness, and Joshua Foer investigates the nature of memory.
Nov 8, 2011 — Naturalist Mark Derr says our friendship with dogs and wolves goes back thousands of years more than previously believed. His new book explores how the relationship between humans and wolves developed.
Jun 6, 2008 — Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains the idea of the "singularity" — what happens when technology advances so much that it's impossible to predict what happens next. Will artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and biotechnology be able to completely reshape what it means to be human?
Aug 10, 2007 — Is evolution for everyone? Dr. David Sloan Wilson of Binghamton University argues that science and religion can coexist peacefully. His book strives "to harmonize evolution and religion in a noncontroversial manner."
Jun 25, 2007 — Author Deirdre Barrett talks about her book, Waistland: A (R)evolutionary View of Our Weight and Fitness Crisis. She explains how farming ruined our figures and our health. Barrett also offers advice on how to lose weight: eat less and exercise more.
Aug 8, 2005 — Catholic author George Sim Johnston writes that the Catholic Church has no problem with evolutionary theory or the idea that the first humans had biological antecedents — so long as divine causality is not kept out of the big picture.
Jul 12, 2005 — A recent opinion column in The New York Times by Cardinal Schonborn, the influential archbishop of Vienna, denounced evolution as "an unguided, unplanned process." The column is a departure from the Catholic Church's more ambivilent stance on evolution. Madeleine Brand discusses Schonborn's comments with John Haught, professor of theology at Georgetown University and author of God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution.