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Float On, sensory deprivation, floaters, Restricted Environmental Stimulation

Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life?

Obama

Don’t for a second imagine we’re heading for an era of renewable energy.

Climate justice activist

Colleges, pension funds and foundations together have trillions of dollars that could be invested in solutions to climate change.

Photo of Napoleon Chagnon

One anthropologist’s place in his field’s ongoing battle over questions of power, means and ends.

Brain scan

Applying neuroscience to the study of literature is fashionable. But is it the best way to read a novel?

Engraving depicting Athanasius Kircher

How did a man who got so many things wrong become an intellectual celebrity in his own lifetime?

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Photo of Louis Agassiz and Benjamin Peirce

Frustrated, stubborn, committed to bad science, was Louis Agassiz anything other than a laughingstock?

If the earth's temperature rises by another 2 degrees celsius, our planet faces mass extinctions.

Destruction from Super Storm Sandy

If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change—or to Obama’s failure to address it—Hurricane Sandy delivered.

Blogs

An increasingly technologized world makes life easier… for some people, anyway.

September 29, 2014

While the tech world fawns over the new iPhone 6, labor abuses abound at an Apple factory in China.

September 10, 2014

Pundits and politicians agree: Edward Snowden did something naughty. But what do the people think?

July 15, 2014

Nation Editor-at-Large and MSNBC host Chris Hayes appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show to talk climate, politics and his recent bad luck. 

April 29, 2014

Environmentalism could be a populist movement—if its focus shifts from just cutting carbon to cultivating justice on a larger scale.

April 22, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

Global warming is just one of many lies the ‘scientific community’ tries to impose on us. 

April 8, 2014

What would our national conversation on climate change sound like if this kind of honesty broke through with any regularity?

December 23, 2013

South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.

November 14, 2013

The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.

October 29, 2013