Working Science

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

Recent Events

Plankton: The Humble Base of the Ocean Ecosystem

Ancient diatom fossils provide clues to the adaptability of these vital organisms in the deep past, and can help predict plankton survival in the present climate change.

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: Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Most of the mass of the universe is invisible and undetectable and is known only by its effects....

Life: Extreme Forms of Life

The discovery of organisms thriving in extreme temperatures and conditions deep undersea, deep in the Earth, deep in the ice suggests that life, once it emerges, is extraordinarily resilient..

Climate Change

The undeniable facts of the human impact on global climate are still being resisted

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries

Advanced Research on the Origin of Life

Two young scientists at the famous Jack Szostak Lab explain research issues

Conservation Lessons from Ice-Age Extinctions

Was there a human factor in the Ice Age extinctions of large mammals?

Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts

A discussion of the exceptionally well-documented climate change in Massachusetts

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

The Issue of Psychiatric Drugs

Medications that are effective initially can cause very serious problems later

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

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

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Charles Langmuir, Ph.D.

A major text on the deep relationship between life and planetary environment

Featured Guest

Meet Raul Jimenez, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who investigates some of the most interesting questions about the cosmos --including gamma ray bursts