Monique Verdin, "Headwaters : Tamaracks + Time : Lake Itasca" (2019), digital assemblage. Photograph taken in 2019; United States War Department map of the route passed over by an expedition into the Indian country in 1832 to the source of the Mississippi River.

Science Politics

Scientific research is often presented as "apolitical"—dealing entirely in objective facts. But research findings are frequently marshalled in support of one political objective or another, and of course the scientific enterprise itself is not immune to politics and political pressure. This section delves into the politics and policy behind science and innovation, covering everything from artificial intelligence to government censorship, climate change to social media, human genome editing to research funding.