Science Forum

The World Science Forum lets you chat with science experts about pressing issues in the news as well as lighter topics in everyday life. We bring you a new guest and a new topic every few weeks. Come share your thoughts and questions, and check out our many discussions below.


‘The Science of Kissing’

Forum 29: The new book, The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us gives an overview of the evolution, history and biology of kissing. Read our conversation with the author, Sheril Kirshenbaum. more »


Seth Mnookin’s ‘The Panic Virus’

Forum 28: Seth Mnookin discussed his book, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Science, Medicine, and Fear. It's about a powerful anti-vaccine campaign and its public health consequences. more »


Does Corruption Make Earthquakes Deadlier?

Forum 27: Corruption in countries influences death toll during earthquakes. That's according to geologist Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado. Find out how. Read our conversation with Bilham. more »


Magic and the Human Mind

Forum 26: Neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik discussed what magicians and illusionists are teaching them about the human brain. Check out that conversation. more »


Medical Rationing in the U.S.

Forum 25: Some experts say to control medical costs, America must ration medical care. Harvard ethicist Dan Wikler says rationing is already prevalent in the U.S. Read our conversation with Wikler. more »


Is Coal Here to Stay?

Forum 24: Global consumption of coal is growing. But so are concerns over its environmental costs. Is coal here to stay? Check out our discussion with journalist Jeff Goodell. more »


Global Fisheries in Decline

Forum 23: Commercial marine fish stocks are declining around the world. How can we as consumers help protect fish stocks? Ask Dr. Rashid Sumaila. He's a fisheries economist at the University of British Columbia. more »


Asia’s Push for Nuclear Power — a Wise Bet?

Nuclear analysts M.V. Ramana and Alexander Glaser discuss the implications of the burgeoning Asian nuclear energy industry. Come join the conversation. more »


Toward Greener Electronics

Forum 21: Some electronics companies are trying to go green. Sarah O'Brien of the Green Electronics Council talks about efforts to evaluate and rate the green-ness of electronic products. more »


Saving Wild Tigers

Forum 20: Wild tigers are on the decline globally. Today there are less than 4000 of them in 13 countries. Can we save the last remaining tigers? We talk to tiger biologist, John Seidensticker. more »