Working Science

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning.

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: Quasi-Life

Viruses, prions, bacteriophages ... all behave like living organisms but are not quite alive...

Symbiogenesis

Lynn Margulis's theory of how microbe combinations led to complex cells in evolution was rejected by the scientific establishment for years.

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical

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

Evolution and Environmental Toxins

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

Self-Defense Mechanisms of the Cell

The cell's self-defense repair kit against hereditary, environmental, and other threats

Eye-to-Eye with Climate Change in the Ocean

Saving the oceans is an urgent matter...

What to Know about Geoengineering

The excess CO2 in Earth's atmosphere will remain for hundreds of years. An atmospheric scientist explains the need to reduce that excess as we shift to renewable energy.

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs?

How Environmental Pollutants Impair Brain Development

A world authority on how environmental toxins affect brain development brings the evidence to the general public.

Renewable Energy Progress --Despite Resistance from the Fossil Fuel Industry

What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Clive Hamilton, Ph.D.

An international spokesman for the environment, for alternative energy to replace fossil fuels, and a rational public policy

Featured Guest

Meet John Ebel, Ph.D.

A prominent seismologist explains how and where earthquakes and tsunamis are generated