Caltech is launching a new science website that brings expert analysis to the scientific and technological questions that define our time.
The Caltech Science Exchange will provide clear and credible explanations of high-profile science and engineering topics.
“The rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis has shown us that, now more than ever, science and engineering have roles to play in helping the public understand and respond to the most pressing challenges facing humanity,” scienceexchange.caltech.edu reads. “We invite you to explore questions and concepts related to COVID-19 and other viral threats.”
According to the site, future topics will include earthquakes, genetics, scientific practice, sustainability and voting and elections.
“We live in an advanced technological society, yet often the scientific underpinnings of the technologies that so prevalently affect our lives remain obscure,” said Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum, the Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and professor of physics. “Serving the public as a trusted source of information, explaining what we know and what we don’t know and how we got there, fit naturally and powerfully in Caltech’s intertwined missions of forefront research and education.”
The Caltech Science Exchange is designed to help people make sense of scientific issues that capture the public interest and attention, but often are the subject of confusion or controversy. The website includes infographics, illustrations, videos, and other features that explain essential scientific concepts and answer frequently asked questions.
People can submit questions at scienceexchange.caltech.edu or by using #CaltechScienceExchange on social media.