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  • Centering justice as a benchmark of success in managed retreat

    Climate change is redefining the landscapes of risk across the globe. Rising seas, shoreline erosions, droughts, wildfires, and floods are intensifying patterns of displacements, migration, and relocation. About 18 million people are displaced by climate disasters annually. In 2020, amid a global pandemic, the number rose to 30 million . As many as… Read More
  • What is thought?

    The question of consciousness has captivated scientists and philosophers for hundreds of years. Despite advances in functional brain imaging and related technologies, the question is still unresolved. Two competing theories about the brain activity that gives rise to consciousness are the global neuronal workspace theory (GNWT) and the integrated i… Read More
  • A new game for US economic prosperity

    Deborah Wince-Smith has been the president and chief executive officer of the Council on Competitiveness for 19 years. The Council recently released their latest report, “Competing in the Next Economy”, which offers a new perspective, compared with previous reports, by focusing more on the equitable distribution of the opportunities it seeks. I… Read More
  • Improving reproducibility

    Scientific progress relies on the validation of studies by other researchers. In 2017, a working group of publishers, editors, and academics formed to address how scientific journals could improve the reproducibility of life science research by applying the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. As motivated in the statement below, t… Read More
  • Academia must face anti-Asian bigotry

    This week’s issue includes an Editorial from Jennifer Lee and Tiffany Huang at Columbia University that addresses the devastating situation in the United States around anti-Asian violence and bigotry. Lee and Huang are sociologists who work toward “advancing new democratic narratives of Asian Americans, and placing the study of Asian Americans… Read More
  • No Senator, it’s not theater

    I grew up in the theater. My mom ran the community theater in my hometown and I was the de facto operations person. Theater is a very specific activity. There’s a script, there’s a production plan, and there are deep psychodynamics brought out through dialogue. Theater gives us important ideas and characters like Arthur Miller’s… Read More
  • A conversation with Walter Isaacson, author of “The Code Breaker”

    Biographer Walter Isaacson has profiled a number of eminent scientists of the past, from Leonardo da Vinci to Albert Einstein. In his latest book, The Code Breaker, Isaacson turns his attention to the life and work of a pioneering contemporary scientist—biochemist Jennifer Doudna. I interviewed Isaacson for an editorial we published in this issue… Read More
  • Promoting equity in research

    This week, Science Advances published two articles that inform universities and departments about ways to promote gender equity in science. The pandemic has exerted many challenging pressures on the culture and productivity of scientific research. Over the past year, studies have shown that these effects have been disproportionately borne by parent… Read More
  • It was 20 years ago today

    This week, Science publishes a special issue on the 20th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome. It is a time to remember an important truth about science: that new knowledge always leads to new questions. There was a time when we thought that the complete sequence of the genome would abruptly produce a… Read More
  • Answering the call for leadership

    This week, Science published two editorials that mention the new science appointments made by U.S. President Biden. The team consists of presidential science adviser and nominee for director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Eric Lander, OSTP deputy director for science and society Alondra Nelson, and co-chairs of the President… Read More