You may have noticed that over the past few years we've learned a lot more about how the brain works. This is mostly due to advances in functional neuroimaging (fMRI), which makes brain scanning much less onerous and dangerous (no radiation involved). Researchers are using this new access to the brain to send it through various puzzles and thoughts and seeing where and how the brain reacts.
Josh Greene is an assistant professor at Harvard, and he has used his research to explore questions of moral judgement and decisionmaking. Opinion
Dec 16, 2009 By
In the lead-up to the Copenhagen Conference on climate change, 56 newspapers worldwide have jointly published the same, urgent editorial, warning that the developed and developing nations must reach a deal on climate change.
Dec 8, 2009 Huffington Post
NASA scientists are floating the idea that turning deserts on the equator into lush forests could single-handedly end global warming.
Nov 23, 2009 ASLA's The Dirt blog
A new report claims that the way the global warming impact of biofuels is measured leaves out the land use component of clearing land and growing crops.
Oct 27, 2009 The Washington Post
Global warming is a problem, says climate scientist Jonathan Foley, but it's not the only one. The other major problem facing the global environment is a pattern of land use for agriculture that is grossly unsustainable.
Oct 23, 2009 Yale Environment 360
Some of my acquaintances believe that
climate change may end human life (or at least civilization) and that the only
way to save humanity is to massively reduce economic growth and consumption. Other acquaintances believe that climate Opinion
Oct 13, 2009 By
Policies that encourage density as a way to reduce carbon emissions won't be able to play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions in time to counteract global warming, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.
Sep 3, 2009 Technology Review
A new study from the Asian Development Bank predicts that 20 years from now, Asian cities will be responsible for more than half of the world's greenhouse gases.
Sep 2, 2009 Common Current
A new study from the UK Royal Society has determined that geo-engineering techniques are technically feasible approaches to address high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the resulting global warming.
Sep 2, 2009 BBC
A new report estimates that desertification will expand up to 34% during the next century, enveloping an area the size of the United States.
Aug 20, 2009 Discovery