At the end of World War II, a famous Japanese biologist made a desperate plea to the approaching American victors in hopes of saving an invaluable scientific resource. Read the story in "A Plea to the Victors: In Defeated Japan, a Scientist Bet on His Institution's Future" in the March/April issue of World War II magazine.
One of the most controversial current issues of politics and policy is the practice of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" by the oil and gas industry. I examine the scientific and public health implications in this feature in the Fall 2015 issue of Penn Medicine magazine.
A key sticking point in the recent Iran nuclear deal was the issue of verification: how can we tell when they're cheating? But the International Monitoring System of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization has that covered. It's an exquisitely sensitive worldwide network of sensors capable of detecting and pinpointing a nuclear test anywhere on the globe. Find out how in my article in the September 2015 issue of MIT Technology Review.