Mapping the Heavens

A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos. Priyamvada Natarajan

How Solar Systems Form: Puzzles and Possibilities

Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.

How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters

How DNA is folded in the cell may shed light on cancer and other diseases. Jané Kondev

Mushrooms and Other Fungi: Their Role in Nature

A tour of the fascinating world of mushrooms. This is way beyond the supermarket. David Hibbett

Why We Need an International Plan on Climate Change

The long struggle to commit the international community to prepare for the worldwide climate crisis. Henrik Selin

New Paradigms of Conservation

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

What Should We Talk about When We Talk about Health?

A comprehensive approach to public health: the body, the environment, the culture, the conditions. Sandro Galea

Herbal Medicines Decoded: How Plants That Soothe and Cure Do It

From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants. Jing-Ke Weng

There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy

Irrefutable evidence for why we should --and can-- transition to renewable energy without delay. Mara Prentiss

The War on Science: What We Need to Do

The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Mara Prentiss, Ph.D.

A prominent physicist makes a compelling case for shifting to alternative energy --now!

Featured Guest

Meet Julie Guthman, Ph.D.

A distinguished social scientist who analyzes the relationship between Big Agriculture, health and environment