Suzanne Simard was raised in the Monashee mountains in British Columbia, Canada. Her research, beginning with the discovery of the wood wide web, has transformed our understanding of forests. She is now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia.
MOST of us have had that conversation: what would you do if you won the lottery? Pay off the mortgage, quit your job, maybe start a small business doing something you have always dreamed of. But what if you acquired a truly vast fortune – not just a few million but a trillion dollars? And what if you had to spend it on making the world a better place?
The world’s most famous molecule – the DNA double helix – sometimes doubles up again. Researchers have now found this quadruple-stranded form in healthy human cells for the first time
Interview with Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris Agreement, and her stategist Tom Rivett-Carnac. They tell me why they’re hopeful for the future, and explain how fighting climate change is “the most exciting experiment in history”
Sleep and dreams in the time of covid
My review of Alex Garland’s beautiful and intelligent quantum drama
Two pieces by me: (1) What is consciousness, and (2) Are smarter people’s brains different?
Startling and chilling discovery from the beaches around Hiroshima
Japan has a reputation for modernity, but in whaling, it is desperately out of date
Breakthrough Starshot *could* be regarded as an act of interstellar war: a tiny armada crossing the empty space between the stars with evil intent
Leader article in New Scientist on the progress and aims of Breakthrough Starshot
Review of Oliver Morton's book The Moon: A History for the Future
In Japanese folklore, the moon was formed when it was washed out of the right eye of the god of the land while he was bathing. But Natsuki Hosono’s explanation is that the moon was made of a giant teardrop of molten rock, smashed from its parent planet in a cosmic collision