The Human Impact on Climate
How much of a disruption do we cause? The much-awaited answer could be ours by 2050, but only if nations of the world commit to long-term climate monitoring now
The End of Nature versus Nurture
Is human behavior determined by genetics or by environment? It may be time to abandon the dichotomy
Rise of the Robots
By 2050 robot "brains" based on computers that execute 100 trillion instructions per second will start rivaling human intelligence
Is there Life Elsewhere in the Universe?
The answer is: nobody knows. Scientists' search for life beyond Earth has been less thorough than commonly thought. But that is about to change
How the Brain Creates the Mind
Philosophers, neuroscientists and laypeople have long wondered how the conscious mind comes to be. A more complete understanding of the workings of the brain ought to lead to an eventual solution
Exploring Our Universe and Others
In the 21st century cosmologists will unravel the mystery of our universe's birth-and perhaps prove the existence of other universes as well
Deciphering the Code of Life
The study of all the genes of various organisms will yield answers to some of the most intriguing questions about life
Can Human Aging be Postponed?
In theory, it certainly can. Yet no single elixir will do the trick. Antiaging therapies of the future will undoubtedly have to counter many destructive biochemical processes at once
The Unexpected Science to Come...
The most important discoveries of the next 50 years
are likely to be ones of which we cannot now even conceive
A Unified Physics by 2050?
Experiments at CERN and elsewhere should let us complete the Standard Model of particle physics, but a unified theory of all forces will probably require radically new ideas.