The goal of this study group is to provide a forum to discuss breaking news science topics. New scientific discoveries illuminate our past, increase our understanding of the current world we inhabit, affect our everyday lives, and sometimes seem to portend an uncertain, threatening future. We all read news differently, and each person’s perspective can be valuable in enhancing our understanding of the topic at hand. Material from recent Scientific American, Science, Nature, and The Atlantic articles will be used to identify topics for discussion. Discussion leaders will choose each week’s topics, assign required reading, and prepare questions for discussion. Each discussion leader will also be expected to present a broad overview of the topic using supplementary material from journal articles and other sources of analysis and news, and lead the discussion. The group is limited in size to provide each participant the opportunity to participate fully during discussions and to lead a discussion on a topic of interest. While participants may prefer to subscribe to the above magazines, they are available via the Northwestern library portal.