Working Science

The Potential Uses of Deep-Sea Microbes

A leader in the study of exotic microbes at hydrothermal vents explains the significance and the potential of these life forms

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How the Brain Produces Language --and What Can Go Wrong

The science of neural networks reveals the awesome complexity of normal speech production and also brings help for language disorders.

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: Evolution and Extinction

The long reign of bacteria, the eventual branching and diversification, symbiogenesis, the dramatic mass extinctions and resurgence of life...


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

History of the Universe in One Hour

From the Big Bang to parallel universes...

Microbe Evolution

How microbes and their communities evolve and what the process means for us

Infant Fossil Teeth: Clues to Ancient Human Development

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

Eye-to-Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean

Saving the oceans is an urgent matter...

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems

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

Genetics and Social Responsibility

A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics.

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced

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?

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

H. William Detrich, Ph.D.

Two textbooks by an international expert on Arctic biology and genetics

Featured Guest

Meet Amy Smith

The award-winning founder and director of the famous D-Lab at MIT