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25 most provocative questions in science
by staff writer, 04.16.08
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On November 14, 1978, the New York Times published its first issue of Science Times. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Science Times, the newspaper editors selected 25 of the most provocative questions facing science. Here are the 25 questions, linked to articles in the NY Times website. Some of the answers include an interactive feature. You may be asked to register with the NY Times website to read the articles. Registration is free and the articles are well worth it.

  1. Does Science Matter?
  2. Is War Our Biological Destiny?
  3. Will Humans Ever Visit Mars?
  4. How Does the Brain Work?
  5. What Is Gravity, Really?
  6. Will We Ever Find Atlantis?
  7. How Much of the Body is Replaceable?
  8. What Should We Eat?
  9. When Will the Next Ice Age Begin?
  10. What Happened Before the Big Bang?
  11. Could We Live Forever?
  12. Are Men Necessary? ...
    ... Are Women Necessary?
  13. What Is the Next Plague?
  14. Can Robots Become Conscious?
  15. Why Do We Sleep?
  16. Are Animals Smarter Than We Think?
  17. Can Science Prove the Existence of God?
  18. Is Evolution Truly Random?
  19. How Did Life Begin?
  20. Can Drugs Make Us Happier? Smarter?
  21. Should We Improve Our Genome?
  22. How Much Nature Is Enough?
  23. What Is the Most Important Problem in Math Today?
  24. Where Are Those Aliens?
  25. Do Paranormal Phenomena Exist?


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