Labs, Leaks, and Liability
Labs, Leaks, and Liability
The resurfaced conversation surrounding the idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, represents an opportunity to reexamine the confluence of science, politics, and public discourse.
Labs, Leaks, and Liability
Labs, Leaks, and Liability

The resurfaced conversation surrounding the idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, represents an opportunity to reexamine the confluence of science, politics, and public discourse.

The resurfaced conversation surrounding the idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, represents an opportunity to reexamine the confluence of science, politics, and public discourse.

Editorial
The Psychology of Panic
The Psychology of Panic
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2021
The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Depoliticizing Science
Depoliticizing Science
Bob Grant | May 1, 2021
Politicians should of course consider and respect the latest research findings in crafting policy, but elected officials should honor the scientific method by letting its practitioners hash out the details of the science.
Our Expanding Universe
Our Expanding Universe
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2021
As with the evolution of astronomy, new insights in biology beckon just beyond our conceptual and observational reach.
Democratized Discovery
Democratized Discovery
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2021
In a triumph for science, COVID-19 statistics are finally trending favorably in the US. We must make sure the rest of the world is not left behind.
Feeling the Foundation
Feeling the Foundation
Bob Grant | Feb 1, 2021
This year has started out in a fashion that is sadly similar to the way 2020 unspooled. But the steady pace of scientific discovery helps maintain our sense of hope.
An End in Sight
An End in Sight
Bob Grant | Jan 1, 2021
Last year humanity confronted our biggest challenge in a century. Science helped us see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we need to keep moving forward to emerge.
Science Is My Copilot
Science Is My Copilot
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2020
As the world around us seems increasingly volatile, protecting and respecting the integrity of research and evidence becomes more important than ever.
Looming Change
Looming Change
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2020
While the world is still coming to grips with the new reality wrought by COVID-19, the risk of catastrophe from a warming planet persists.
Wielding Fear
Wielding Fear
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2020
The primordial emotion is apt to run amok. But harnessing it can lead to responsible behavior and sound thinking.
Back to School
Back to School
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2020
Many US educational institutions, from preschools to universities, are opening this fall in the midst of a global pandemic that threatens much more than our health.
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Bob Grant | Aug 10, 2020
Although modern society seems to be unwilling or unable to learn from the past, doing so just might hold the key to envisioning a brighter future.
Open Letter
An Open Letter: Scientists and Racial Justice
An Open Letter: Scientists and Racial Justice
Joseph Graves, Erich D. Jarvis | Jun 19, 2020
What we can and must do to make science more equitable.
Armchair Virologists
Armchair Virologists
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2020
Pretending to be a javelin aficionado is one thing. Professing to have real insight into the ongoing pandemic is quite another.
Memory in a Time of Quarantine
Memory in a Time of Quarantine
Bob Grant | May 1, 2020
How will humanity record the unprecedented predicament we find ourselves in?
Singing the Praises of Prevention
Singing the Praises of Prevention
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2020
Ben Franklin was right. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Confessing to Plant Blindness
Confessing to Plant Blindness
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2020
I have taken plants for granted. I pledge to change.
A Bright Scientific Future
A Bright Scientific Future
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2020
We may not have personal jetpacks yet, but the past decade has been marked by life-science revolutions, and the coming years have even more biological breakthroughs in store.
Innovation Farming
Innovation Farming
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2019
Nurturing ideas to fruition, like growing plants, is a complex process that relies on a suitable substrate and favorable growth conditions.
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
For centuries, painters and poets have looked to the ocean for insight. Researchers, too, have found their muse in the Earth’s salty realm.