Resistance to New Ideas

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

The Need for Science Funding

In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?

Recent Events

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

Working Science

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

The Connor Lab at Boston University is a leader in the effort to understand how viruses infect and how cells learn how to block infection

Cosmos: The Big Bang

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

Life: Extreme Forms of Life

The discovery of organisms thriving in extreme temperatures and conditions deep undersea, deep in the Earth, deep in the ice suggests that life, once it emerges, is extraordinarily resilient..

Big Bang

A theory we acept today was originally rejected by most physicists

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for?

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

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

How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters

How DNA is folded in the cell may shed light on cancer and other diseases

Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions

Cells make decisions that turn out to be random. Professor Kondev explains the implications of that surprising discovery.

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate

Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package

Viral infections that were once obscure are potentially global threats in a highly linked world. New tools are being deployed to identify and block these diseases.

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

The Connor Lab at Boston University is a leader in the effort to understand how viruses infect and how cells learn how to block infection

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Sanjoy Mahajan, Ph.D.

An enlightened approach to learning mathematics -and thinking mathematically

Featured Guest

Meet Ana Soto, M.D.

One of the first researchers to reveal the effects of endocrine disruptors on human health