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Evolution and Environmental Toxins

A toxicologist explains why some organisms thrive in an environment that endangers most species

Working Science

The Science of Clouds and Climate

The Cziczo Lab at MIT investigates the particles that form clouds and the vital role of clouds in climate change

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

The Connor Lab at Boston University is a leader in the effort to understand how viruses infect and how cells learn how to block infection

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: Origins of Life

The necessary ingredients and conditions; formation of life's molecules; Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) ....

Lightning as Electricity

What is so obvious to us was not understood until Ben Franklin's famous 1752 demonstration.

The Social Context of Science

David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship

Mario Livio, Ph.D: His Astrophysics, His New Book (Brilliant Blunders), His Other Books

Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art

The Jurassic Genome

Genetic material in ancient fossils yields an amazing profile of extinct organisms

Microbe Evolution

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

Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change

An international expert explains how coastal ecosystems function and how they are adjusting to current stresses


Earthquakes occur somewhere, every day. Can they be predicted?

Beyond the Gene: Epigenetics Revealed

New understanding of the complex relationship between genes and the epigenome

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

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

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

Solar Energy the Third Way

Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)...

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D.

Professor Krimsky's excellent books represent a broad range of science-related issues

Featured Guest

Meet Sharon Levy

A respected nature writer discusses ancient and modern extinctions