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: 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...

Ozone Hole

Evidence for destruction of the ozone hole was rejected for decades

Massive Galaxies: Where and How They Form

The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.

Mapping the Heavens

A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos

The Human Genome Project

The challenge for genomic studies today is how to manage the vast collection of data

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.

The Role of the Ocean in the Global Carbon Cycle

The complex relationship between marine life and the chemistry and circulation of oceans

How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change

An international authority on the dual impacts of climate change and environmental destruction discusses the urgent need for a restorative development policy.

Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur?

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs

Solar Energy the Third Way

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

The Push for Renewable Energy

An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Andy Knoll, Ph.D.

An award-winning author whose book on evolution is a classic

Featured Guest

Meet David Mindell, Ph.D.

A leading robotics engineer and historian emphasizes the importance of the social-psychological aspect of using robots.