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Nov 05: India has some of the most biodiverse regions of the world and contains four of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. Kamaljit Bawa, founder of the prominent conservation organization ATREE, discusses the real challenge to preserve biodiversity as climate change alters Nature.
Nov 25: How the world-class Sustainable Design Lab at MIT combines architecture, engineering, physics --and creative genius-- to design the optimal urban environment.
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?
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.
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, however, technical innovations offer the potential for real observation and maybe new physics.
The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction.
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The author of "Our Robots, Ourselves" discusses the limits of robot autonomy. David Mindell
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
Harvard's Law School Environmental Clinic shows us how we can use the law to save our environment. Wendy B. Jacobs
The scientist who led the sequencing of the Y chromosome explains its evolution, its survival, and possible relationship to conditions and diseases that affect mostly males. David Page
What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research. Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein
The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg
Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem... John Lienhard V