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Is science in crisis?

Is science in crisis?

Humanity has a rough century ahead. The daily news trumpets concerns over climate change, extreme weather and droughts, new infectious diseases, a faltering green revolution and continued environmental degradation. Each of these problems may contribute to social and political instability. The 21st century will test our species, and some challenges will threaten our way of life and even our survival. At such a time it is important to recall that the remarkable success of mankind during the past two centuries is directly related to the scientific revolution. Science and technology have repeatedly provided new means to grow more food and generate more energy and thus avoid a Malthusian crisis...