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Mathematics is the foundation of everything in Nature: structures, dynamics, processes --everything. Understanding that foundation changes our perception and appreciation of Nature. L. Mahadevan
Climate change has brought ocean acidification and ocean acidification is a serious threat to shellfish. What can be done to save sealife? Louise Cameron
The human body requires a gravity environment. So how do aerospace engineers plan for the colonization of space? Developing artificial gravity is a major objective. Ana Diaz Artiles
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The particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider represent a search for a new physics in the form of new particles or forces that account for unknowns about the cosmos. Markus Klute
Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues? Roger Summons
How photosynthesis --and life-- emerged in Earth's ancient chemical environment. Tanja Bosak and Alexander Petroff
An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans. Nick Patterson
A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate. Richard Murray
It took almost a century to determine if and how continents moved (continental drift). In the 1960s irrefutable evidence showed that tectonic plates caused regular shifts of the planet’s magnetic polarity, volcanoes and earthquakes -and the drift of continents.
An important update on the impact of common toxins in the environment that permanently affect the brain -starting in the womb. The evidence of damage is far ahead of the regulation of these chemicals. Thomas Zoeller
A world authority on how environmental toxins affect brain development brings the evidence to the general public. Philippe Grandjean
The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg
The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations. Amy Smith
A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life