Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.

Resistance to New Ideas

Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.

Cosmos: The Big Bang

From the first moments of the universe to the formation of atoms ...

Life: States of Animacy

Hibernation, dormancy, suspended animation, revival from apparent death; the line between life and death...

Neutron Stars

Even the great Thomas Gold could not convince a leading science organization to consider neutron stars

Exoplanet Atomospheres

How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering?

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics

Our Robots, Ourselves

The author of "Our Robots, Ourselves" discusses the limits of robot autonomy

Reconstructing Evolution: A Molecular Time Machine

Tracing ancient genetic changes through extinctions and speciation events to reconstruct our DNA history

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

What triggers the sudden massive plankton blooms that we depend on?

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

Psychotropic Drugs and Children

The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

David Mindell, Ph.D.

A leading robotics engineer and historian explains the role of robots in research and other fields today

Featured Guest

Meet Licia Verde, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist whose research aims for an explanation of the relationship between large-scale structures and the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe