Core of the Problem

The National Ice Core Laboratory tries to answer one question: As the Earth warms, will sea levels rise three feet? Or 30? Or even more?

Dec 2008

The Best Fiscal Stimulus: Trust

How the potent hormone of empathy, oxytocin, is shaking up the field of economics.

Aug 2010

Chicago Charter Schools Aim to Lift Urban Education

The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute runs charter schools and uses innovative practices to provide inner-city children a pathway to college.

Aug 2011

Making a Market for Kidneys

Using game theory and market-design software, doctors are arranging kidney-transplant “swaps”—sometimes in long chains—to give more people with renal disease better transplant options and healthier futures.

Mar 2009

Help Thy Neighbor

Volunteers pitch in when farmers find themselves in trouble.

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King of the Hill

Scaling the world’s most challenging summits is dangerous to some. To Dave Hahn, it’s just a matter of walking uphill a little longer than usual.

True Dharma Eye

Translator, teacher, and calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi.

Sep 2011

Solar Showdown

Big money, big energy and big environmentalism join forces to support big solar energy projects on federal land in the Southwest. But could these “green” projects actually be anti-environmental boondoggles in the making?

Apr 2011

A Mind of Crime

How brain-scanning technology is redefining criminal culpability.

Feb 2010

The Physics of Terror

After studying four decades of terrorism, Aaron Clauset thinks he’s found mathematical patterns that can help governments prevent and prepare for major terror attacks. The U.S. government seems to agree.

Dec 2010

The Heretic

The scientific community disowned Professor Peter Duesberg for denying that HIV causes AIDS. But is there something to his new theory on cancer?

May 2012

The Others May Live

I spent a couple of days with a group of trainees about to graduate from a gruelling two-and-a-half-year training course at Pararescue Training School.

Sesshin with Sasaki Roshi

At 101 years of age, Joshu Sasaki Roshi is still teaching his unique brand of Zen. A rare look at this enigmatic master.

Jan 2012

Earthship Trooper

Michael Reynolds has been building his variety of low-consumption, off-the-grid housing for decades. Now, though, the Earthship is taking off.
Aug 2008

Just Breathe

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.
Jun 2012

The Ancestor Hunter

The University of Arizona’s Michael Hammer is using advanced DNA techniques to figure out where we came from. Which, apparently, is not just one place, or even one species.
Aug 2009