Penumbra: Interviews/Reports/Opinions

Penumbra is the YCEI Communication Desk’s archive of opinions, reports and interviews. Choose a subject area we have reported on, and a selection of related stories, videos and podcasts will populate the screen.

by Eric Ellman

Dan Kahan, director of Yale’s Cultural Cognition Project, challenges us to question why we believe what we believe. In a world that overwhelms us with information, he says, complex topics compel us to rely on experts for opinions in areas where we have neither time nor training to reach our own...

by Eric Ellman

Dr. Harvey Weiss, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, spent his first ten years at Yale University studying how Tell Leilan, a capitol of the North Mesopotamian Kingdom evolved into an urban center.  He’s spent the subsequent 20 years exploring the hypothesis that abrupt climate change...

by Eric Ellman

In his keynote address at the fifth annual conference, Vice President of Communications for Shell Americas, Niel Golightly shared two scenarios for how his company sees our energy future unfolding.   In determining their role in either one, Shell assumes that future carbon emissions will...

by Eric Ellman

For forty years, Royal Dutch Shell has committed significant intellectual resources to forecasting the future.  Multiple futures, that is, in the form of alternative scenarios presented as if...

by Eric Ellman

Rebuilding communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in a way that prevents similar damage from recurring is a job for the world’s best architects, engineers and scientists. So last year the federal government partnered with philanthropies and think tanks to sponsor a competition to...

by Eric Ellman

Acute respiratory infections – the result of smoky cooking fires in poorly ventilated homes – kill an estimated 4 million people each year1, most of them women and children in developing nations.  Household air pollution (HAP) and the unimproved cook stoves that cause it have stymied...

by Eric Ellman

Arctic researchers set the internet buzzing this week, announcing they’d discovered a new “giant” virus in Arctic permafrost.  Thawed in their lab, it quickly infected and killed host bacteria, confirming that 30,000 years of freezing had left the virus viable.  While researchers confirmed...

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