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April 23: Psychiatric Drugs: Why They Often Fail Us Over Long Term

More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. A major author on the subject discusses more effective initiatives. Robert Whitaker

May 7: The Great Potential of Offshore WInd Farms

How effective are offshore wind farms in nations that have developed them, and why has the US been slow to recognize the enormous potential of this energy resource? Andrew Myers

May 14: The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems

How the different components of the forest ecosystem (soils, microbes, plant species) respond to our rapidly changing climate. Adrien Finzi


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Black Holes

Proof that massive stars would form black holes was rejected because of bias.

History of the Universe in One Hour

From the Big Bang to parallel universes... Max Tegmark

The Core of the Moon

Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know? Benjamin Weiss

Microbe Evolution

How microbes and their communities evolve and what the process means for us. Christopher Marx

Advanced Research on the Origin of Life

Two young scientists at the famous Jack Szostak Lab explain research issues, Matthew Powner and Utay Budin

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

A distinguished authority on Earth's geochemical systems explains the deep relationship between life and planetary environment. Charles Langmuir

New Paradigms of Conservation

How a combination of innovative conservation techniques and involvement of local villages is combating damage in the Himalayas. Kamal Bawa

Revealing the Brain through States of Unconsciousness

Important insights into the brain from research on anesthesia, coma and sleep. Emery N. Brown

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs? Sheldon Krimsky

Innovations in Clean Water Technology

Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem... John Lienhard V

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

David R. Montgomery, Ph.D.

A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life

Featured Guest

Meet Jane Kondev, PhD

An expert on the physical mechanisms of cells explains the implications of the random decisions cells make.