The Savvy Scientist

The Savvy Scientist dives into the ethics, issues and innovations brewing in the world's most advanced research institutions.


Improbable evolution: how life beats the odds

Under the right circumstances, evolving organisms can make astonishing leaps in capability -- which could be the key to gauging the threat from emerging diseases.


Throwing rocks at CO2

This follow-up to last week's column on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere considers ways to exploit the earth's own capacities to absorb the gas.


Why not scrub CO2 from the sky?

Inexpensive carbon-capture systems may soon be able to pull excess CO2 out of the open air faster than burning fuels can add it. Yet coping with global warming will still be a challenge.