A World of Science: a journal specializing in science popularization

A World of Science is an open access journal that may be consulted freely online. All articles may also be reproduced provided that UNESCO, the journal and the authors are credited.

Examples of past lead stories are:

  • Science is Child’s Play (2005, EN, FR), on using games and play to teach children science,
  • The Miracle of Light (2005, EN, FR), tracing the history of optics through the eyes of Ibn Hathim, who founded the discipline 1000 years ago in what is today Iran,
  • Physics without tears (2005, EN, FR), proposing an exciting approach to teaching a subject that pupils often find difficult,
  • The Red Tide (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the risks to human health and aquaculture of outbreaks of harmful algal blooms in the ocean,
  • Watching the Oceans for Signs of Climate Change (2006, EN, ES, FR, on the role the oceans play in regulating the Earth’s climate,
  • Far from the nanohype (2007, EN, ES, FR), on maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of this relatively new technology
  • Watchdogs of the Public Interest (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the key role science journalists play as defenders of the public interest,
  • The Rise of Animals part I (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU, MLY), part II (2008, EN, ES, FR, RU), a two-part tale of how life evolved on Earth over the past 3.8 billion years,
  • Why Modern Agriculture must Change (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the findings of a major international assessment involving UNESCO
  • Megacities of Tomorrow (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), forecasting how the geosciences will shape the world’s most populous cities in the decades to come
  • The Thrill of Drilling (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the secrets that lie far beneath our feet in terra incognita,
  • The New Faces of the Universe (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the latest discoveries in astronomy,
  • Mission to Mars (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU) on an imaginary journey to Mars in the year 2030,
  • Darwin lives! (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the journey which shaped Charles Darwin’s revolutionary Theory of Evolution,
  • Wildlife in a Warming World (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the threat that climate change poses to biodiversity,
  • Eight predictions for Conservation in the 21st Century (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on some crystal-ball gazing into future trends in conservation,
  • A Bleak Outlook for Biodiversity? (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the challenge of slowing the rate of biodiversity loss,
  • Where would we be without chemistry? (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the omnipresence of chemistry in our daily lives,
  • From the Dark Ages to the Green Ages (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU) tracing the rise of green chemistry.
  • Planning for an Uncertain Future (2012, EN, ES, FR), on the difficulties in reconciling supply and demand for an increasingly precious resource: freshwater
  • Tales set in stone (2012, EN, ES, FR), retracing the impact of climate change and natural disasters over the past 30 000 years on human civilizations living around the Black and Mediterranean Sea basins
  • Ocean blues (coming in mid-October 2012), on a strategy blending conservation with greening marine industries to protect our oceans threatened biodiversity

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