Science touches so many aspects of modern life that it’s hard to keep up. Through our programs and this website, Science for the Public provides up-to-date information about scientific innovations, discoveries, and issues that are shaping modern knowledge.
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, however, technical innovations offer the potential for real observation and maybe new physics.
The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction.
Nectar and pollen are sources of food for bees, but some of these sources may also help to reduce certain pathogens.
Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants.
Quantum mechanics has radically changed the concept of reality. QM is also baffling --even to scientists whose work depends on it. Astronomer George Greenstein, author of **Quantum Strangeness** explains this beautiful mystery.
An explanation of how the different components of the forest ecosystem --including soil, microbes, plants and creatures -- must co-adapt and respond to our rapidly changing climate.
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An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life. Raul Jimenez
Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.
How microbes and their communities evolve and what the process means for us. Christopher Marx
How the unique "antifreeze" blood and skeletal mutations of the Antarctic Icefishes provide insights into both climate change adaptations and human disease. H. William Detrich, III
An explanation of the relationship between glacial cycles and climate change. Jack Ridge
A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations. Christopher Golden
Producers of perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) withheld for decades the facts about the health and environmental threats of these ubiquitous toxins. Philippe Grandjean
More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. Robert Whitaker, author of several books on this subject, discusses the problems of these meds and describes more effective initiatives.
A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...Jeff Deyette
Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem... John Lienhard V
An astrophysicist who is especially gifted at making science and mathematics accessible to the general public