Today’s telescopes allow studies of the Universe from its earliest stages to the present-day, and provide firm evidence for planets orbiting other stars. They may -- in the future -- reveal the existence of life on other worlds. Such exciting discoveries are made possible thanks to key technological advances and to strong international cooperation.
What is best thing to do when you’re feeling ill? In the time of internet and information overload, it is awfully difficult to tell who, or what to trust for medical advice. How does one know that a website, a medical specialist or a story in a magazine is trustworthy?
In forty years, Earth’s population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be?
It’s a question asked around the world: after decades of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, why do we seem further than ever from a resolution? Historian Els van Diggele reaches an unsparing conclusion: a main reason for the failure to achieve a Palestinian state is dissension among Palestinians. She spent a year living in the heart of Ramallah, interviewing dissident intellectuals about politics, history and their lives.
Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence?
Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist who passed away this year, was an inspiring scientist. His fame among researchers was founded on his studies about general relativity, quantum gravity and black holes. On top of that, he was an inspiring public figure who published the bestseller A Brief History of Time, in which he mused that the discovery of an overarching theory of everything would allow us to "know the mind of God".
How do people effectively handle conflicts in groups? Hillie Aaldering discusses potential dilemmas that one encounters when cooperating in groups.
What challenges does modern Islam face? Ali Rizvi discusses in his Freedom Lecture factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.
Is the Internet really that well done as some of us might think?
The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. It has been venerated--or excoriated--as God's word, but so far no one has read the Bible for what it is: humanity's diary, chronicling our ancestors' valiant attempts to cope with the trials and tribulations of unexpected new problems.