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Nov 25: How the world-class Sustainable Design Lab at MIT combines architecture, engineering, physics --and creative genius-- to design the optimal urban environment.
Jan 15, Dr. Pamela Templer explains how scientists study forests and predict the impact of rising temperatures, decreasing snowpacks and other effects on New England's forest ecosystems.
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
Nov 06 The first in our new video series about major scientific discoveries that were not immediately accepted
Oct 08: A cell's size and the proportions of its components are strictly determined, but where do the rules come from? Scientists are still trying to figure that out.
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.
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Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity. Licia Verde
When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for? Tulika Bose
Tracing ancient genetic changes through extinctions and speciation events to reconstruct our DNA history. Betul Kacar
How the unprecedented loss of biodiversity impacts human health. Aaron Bernstein
Dudley Foster, the Woods Hole engineer closely associated with the Alvin's history, describes explorations of the deep-sea submersible. Dudley Foster
An important critique of geoengineering, including cautions about misinformation. Daniel Cziczo
Advances in nanotechnology are revolutionizing medicine. A leader in the field describes recent developments and his commitment to making them available to a wide public. Sameer Sonkusale
Producers of perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) withheld for decades the facts about the health and environmental threats of these ubiquitous toxins. Philippe Grandjean
Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."
What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance. Jeff Deyette
An important discussion of why the brain must be considered within its physical, natural, and social environment