Five Questions for John Gunn

A robust industry has grown up around harvesting trees for generating electricity, but researchers continue to urge caution, noting that the presumed “carbon neutrality” of woody biomass is a complicated matter. John Gunn, a New Hampshire forest scientist, is among them. “We need to do the math,” he says.

Europe’s Flawed Race for Scientific Research Funding

The European Research Council’s stated mission is to encourage “the risky venture” of frontier research by supporting “investigator-driven” approaches through competitive funding. In reality, the organization’s grant approval process favors well-known institutions and less than-groundbreaking research .