ALICE AYCOCK, Cyclone Twist (Park Avenue Paper Chase), Painted aluminum, 27’ high x 15’ diameter, Edition of 2, 2013. The sculpture is currently installed at 57th Street on Park Avenue.

First Looks: Summer 2014

(Complete issue will be available online in mid-September 2014.)

Final Frontier vs. Fruitful Frontier: The Case for Increasing Ocean Exploration

Possible solutions to the world’s energy, food, environmental, and other problems are far more likely to be found in nearby oceans than in distant space.

How Hurricane Sandy Tamed the Bureaucracy

A practical story of making science useful for society, with lessons destined to grow in importance.

Breaking the Climate Deadlock

Developing a broad and effective portfolio of technology options could provide the common ground on which conservatives and liberals agree.


Cloning Wildlife: Zoos, Captivity, and the Future of Endangered Animals, by Carrie Friese (reviewed by Stewart Brand); Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle against Climate Change Failed—and What It Means for Our Future, by Dale Jamieson (Elizabeth L. Malone).


Evidence-driven policy
Model behavior
Wet drones
Robots aren’t taking your job
Climate change on the right
Does U.S. science still rule?
Chinese aspirations

More articles from the Summer 2014 issue