Working Science

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

Recent Events

Plankton: The Humble Base of the Ocean Ecosystem

Ancient diatom fossils provide clues to the adaptability of these vital organisms in the deep past, and can help predict plankton survival in the present climate change.

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?

Cosmos: Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Most of the mass of the universe is invisible and undetectable and is known only by its effects....

Life: Synthetic Life

Partly in order to understand its amazing complexity, and partly in order to advance medical therapies. So, how do you create a viable cell?

Big Bang

A theory we acept today was originally rejected by most physicists

Probing the Large-Scale Universe

Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity.

The 2016 Large Hadron Collider Update

The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN

Advanced Research on the Origin of Life

Two young scientists at the famous Jack Szostak Lab explain research issues

Conservation Lessons from Ice-Age Extinctions

Was there a human factor in the Ice Age extinctions of large mammals?

Restoration of Severely Contaminated Lands

Sometimes polluted land can be restored. Some case histories...

The Politics of Food's Environmental Footprint

Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment...

Traffic Pollution and Child Cognition

The effects of vehicle pollutants on the developing brain

Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur?

The Push for Renewable Energy

An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy

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

John Quackenbush, Ph.D.

A very engaging discussion of the human genome project by one of the researchers involved

Featured Guest

Meet John Rogers

An expert on freshwater use, the freshwater crisis, and the potential of alternative energy