Working Science

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems

A visit to the Helmuth Lab to learn how scientists investigate effects of changing climate on coastal ecosystems

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: Star Cycles

Millions of years after the Big Bang, scattered areas of gas density gradually increased in mass, heat and pressure, until they ignited in spectacular bursts of nuclear fusion...

Life: Synthetic Life

Partly in order to understand its amazing complexity, and partly in order to advance medical therapies. So, how do you create a viable cell?

Germs and Disease

The notion that invisible organisms cause disease was very difficult to accept

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and how reality is mathematical

Solar Magnetic Storms and Space Weather

How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications

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

The Jurassic Genome

Genetic material in ancient fossils yields an amazing profile of extinct organisms

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

What triggers the sudden massive plankton blooms that we depend on?

Corporate Science and Genetically Modified Foods

A leading expert and author on the issue of genetically modified foods explains the corporate resistance to labeling GM foods.

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

The Issue of Psychiatric Drugs

Medications that are effective initially can cause very serious problems later

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

The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Kamaljit S. Bawa, Ph.D.

A major textbook on conservation biology and a beautiful tribute to the ecology of the Himalayas

Featured Guest

Meet Paul Steinhardt, Ph.D.

One of the most extraordinary -and comprehensive- theoretical physicists of our time