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What Will Steven Chu's Energy Legacy Be?

Steven Chu will step down as Secretary of Energy at the end of this month, though he "may stay beyond that time so that I can leave the Department in the hands of the new Secretary," he wrote in a farewell letter to Department of Energy (DoE) staff, issued February 1...

February 1, 2013 — David Biello

Davos: X Marks the Unknown

Earlier this month, the World Economic Forum published its annual report on global risks, “Global Risks 2013: Eighth Edition.” At the 2013 WEF meeting at Davos, a session focused on emerging threats, called “X Factors: Preparing for the Unknown.” My colleague Philip Campbell, the editor in chief of Nature , and his colleague editors, identified these new risks, which are named in a chapter in the report...

January 28, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina

Davos: The Future of Space

Space: the beneficial frontier. That was the underlying theme of a panel called “The Future of Space,” which I moderated at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland...

January 28, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina

Davos: Decisions and Data

The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is certainly better known for the business and policy leaders it gathers. But I enjoyed some sessions by luminaries from the worlds of science and technology today as well...

January 28, 2013 — Mariette DiChristina

What Is Consciousness? Go to the Video!

Various scholars have tried to explain consciousness in long articles and books, but one neuroscience pioneer has just released an unusual video blog to get the point across.

January 28, 2013 — Mark Fischetti

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