Working Science

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

Recent Events

Mapping the Heavens

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

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: Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Most of the mass of the universe is invisible and undetectable and is known only by its effects....

Life: Defining Life

The fine line between animate and inanimate, and between quasi-life and life. ....

Continental Drift

The explanation for the geological relationship between continents was originally heresy

Mathematics and the Multiverse

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

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics

Infant Fossil Teeth: Clues to Ancient Human Development

Ancient infant teeth reveal the importance of weaning patterns in human evolution

What Happened to the Honeybees?

The decimation of honeybee colonies is also a public health warning about pesticides

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate

The Role of the Ocean in the Global Carbon Cycle

The complex relationship between marine life and the chemistry and circulation of oceans

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

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

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science

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 Alonso Ricardo, PhD

A biochemist who reconstructs the origin of the cell