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.
How neuroscientists probe the neural mechanisms behind disorders such as Parkinson's disease and other motor dysfunctions.. Jill Crittenden.
Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems. And regardless of scale and diversity --from microbial systems to rain forests -- they share common patterns and dynamics. James O'Dwyer
The human body requires a gravity environment. So how do aerospace engineers plan for the colonization of space? Developing artificial gravity is a major objective. Ana Diaz Artiles
Climate change has brought ocean acidification and ocean acidification is a serious threat to shellfish. What can be done to save sealife? Louise Cameron
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?
The structure of a humble marine organism inspires mechanical engineers and architects in the design of skyscrapers, massive bridges and other challenging projects. Matheus Fernandes
Because of climate change, many regions are experiencing diseases introduced by unfamiliar insects, microbes, and other sources. This situation requires a new approach to training medical students. Gaurab Basu, M.D., MPH
The Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab produces cost-saving, practical innovations that make a real difference for developing nations: home-use desalination, drip irrigation -and many other solutions. Amos Winter
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A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan
Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.
The cell's self-defense repair kit against hereditary, environmental, and other threats. Sushil Alimchandani
The science of neural networks reveals the awesome complexity of normal speech production and also brings help for language disorders. Frank Guenther
A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate. Richard Murray
It took almost a century to determine if and how continents moved (continental drift). In the 1960s irrefutable evidence showed that tectonic plates caused regular shifts of the planet’s magnetic polarity, volcanoes and earthquakes -and the drift of continents.
A visit to the Alan Jasanoff Lab at MIT to learn how brain scientists are developing new techniques and devices to improve brain imaging.
Determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and the global increase in autism. Marc Weisskopf
Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)... Gang Chen
An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy. Philip Warburg
A philosopher and author who investigates the tension between scientific reasoning and anti-reason