How Science Fiction Inspired Science

06/04/19 Professor and writer David Toomey explains the surprising connections between the realm of science fiction and science fact, especially the ways in which sci-fi anticipated discoveries in real science.

Odd Couple: UV Radiation and the Origin of Life

11/28/17 A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan

The Potential Uses of Deep-Sea Microbes

09/24/15 A leader in the study of exotic microbes at hydrothermal vents explains the significance and the potential of these life forms. Peter Girguis

Reconstructing the Ancient Viking Colonies

05/31/22 How do archaeologists reconstruct the far-flung colonies of the ancient seafaring Norsemen/Vikings? Douglas Bolender

What to Know about Geoengineering

04/22/16 The excess CO2 in Earth's atmosphere will remain for hundreds of years. An atmospheric scientist explains the need to reduce that excess as we shift to renewable energy. Daniel Cziczo

They Didn't Believe It! Plate Tectonics, Foundation of Earth Systems

02/29/20 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.

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

03/20/13 The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs. Robert Whitaker

The Widespread Resistance to Antibiotics: Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

08/13/13 Exploring the "antibiotic paradox" and the decades-long efforts of Dr. Stuart Levy to avert the danger we have created

The Bionic Leaf: Clean Energy for All

08/02/22 A unique innovation based on photosynthesis, the bionic leaf can potentially produce energy and fuel inexpensively --and in a localized manner. Daniel Nocera

The D-Lab at MIT: The People's Engineering Team

05/29/13 The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations. Amy Smith

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Aaron Bernstein, M.D.

The most significant collection of writings on biodiversity and health today

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Meet Irene Porro, PhD

A veteran developer of science outreach programs for youth