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What Happened to the Honeybees?

The decimation of honeybee colonies is also a public health warning about pesticides

Working Science

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

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

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: The Cosmic Microwave Background

One of the best indicators that the universe began with a bang is the radiation it left behind...

Life: Evolution and Extinction

The long reign of bacteria, the eventual branching and diversification, symbiogenesis, the dramatic mass extinctions and resurgence of life...

Acid Rain

Compounds emitted by smokestakes, vehicles and aircraft are deposited by rain, destroying the environment and corroding even stone and metal.

Cosmic Evolution

From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

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

Self-Defense Mechanisms of the Cell

The cell's self-defense repair kit against hereditary, environmental, and other threats

The Evolution of Photosynthesis

How photosynthesis --and life-- emerged in Earth's ancient chemical environment

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments

Restoration of Severely Contaminated Lands

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

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

See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science

Visual representation is essential for the communication of science concepts and data

Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis

The cooling systems of power plants use an enormous percentage of our diminishing freshwater supply. What's the solution?

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

Sharon Levy

A well-known natural history writer's analysis of the Ice-Age extinctions in America

Featured Guest

Meet Javier Fernandez, PhD

A brilliant scientist who is developing innovative biodegradable and biocompatible materials for use in products and biomedical applications