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?

Recent Events

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

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.

Working Science

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

Cosmos: Our Familiar Matter

The kind of matter made of atoms accounts for a tiny fraction of the mass of the universe...

Life: Evolution and Extinction

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

Stars as Independent Worlds

Bruno was burned at the stake for asserting that the Sun was one of countless stars in an infinite universe

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and how reality is mathematical

Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions

Cells make decisions that turn out to be random. Professor Kondev explains the implications of that surprising discovery.

Infant Fossil Teeth: Clues to Ancient Human Development

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

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

A distinguished authority on Earth's geochemical systems explains the deep relationship between life and planetary environment

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

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

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.

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Mario Livio, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who is especially gifted at making science and mathematics accessible to the general public

Featured Guest

Meet Emery Brown, M.D., PhD

A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness