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Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning.

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What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles

Arctic caves contain precise geological records of ancient ice-ages and subsequent melts that help scientists predict the effects of the present permafrost thaw.

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: Voids in Space

Huge regions of apparent nothingness throughout the universe are full of surprises....

Life: Life beyond Earth

The basic chemical elements of life on Earth are the most abundant elements in the universe...Are the conditions right elsewhere?

Atom

The concept that all matter is composed of an invisible but fundamental entity was resisted for a very long time.

The Formation of Stars and Planets

How stars and their planetary systems form, and what the New Horizons mission to Pluto will reveal about the "fossil record" of our own solar system

Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues?

Our Robots, Ourselves

The author of "Our Robots, Ourselves" discusses the limits of robot autonomy

Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions

Cells make decisions that turn out to be random. Professor Kondev explains the implications of that surprising discovery.

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning.

Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Clouds and the particles they contain are essential information for climate science. Here's how scientists gather and decipher that information.

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...

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?

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Toby Lester

Well-known journalist and author of two widely acclaimed books

Featured Guest

Meet Raul Jimenez, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who investigates some of the most interesting questions about the cosmos --including gamma ray bursts