For hundreds of years, science was largely the pursuit of an academic or otherwise erudite elite. The discoveries and inventions of Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Gregor Mendel--which were profound and revolutionary--did not significantly impact the lives of the contemporary commoners who spent their days toiling in fields or laboring in workshops. Today, however, the extreme polar opposite is true; science deeply and irreversibly impacts every person on earth.
From automobiles to airplanes, from medicine to microbes, from the internet to the iPad, and from satellites to cell phones, the dominance of science in our daily lives is practically inescapable. Anyone who panics over the lack of a wireless signal understands this concept thoroughly.
The ubiquity of science today is largely received well by the public. However, like all great human endeavors, science has had its share of controversy. It has presented us with uncomfortable truths, created shocking technologies, and even challenged our most deeply held values. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, when science takes center stage in some of our society's most fiery debates.
The goal of this site is to provide a daily digest of the most newsworthy, thought-provoking, and--yes--amusing science stories from around the globe. And never shying away from controversy, we will also feature dispatches from the intersection of science, politics, and faith. In short, RealClearScience is your portal to the most relevant science stories of the day. We hope you enjoy it.