Coming Events

Sept 08: Origami: Art and Science

Discover how art and science intersect; it will change your entire perspective

Note: The fall events schedule will be posted later this summer. In June-July-August we will be producing new mini-documentaries for our Working Science series. The WS videos will be uploaded as we finish them.

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: The Cosmic Microwave Background

One of the best indicators that the universe began with a bang is the radiation it left behind...

Life: States of Animacy

Hibernation, dormancy, suspended animation, revival from apparent death; the line between life and death...

Germs and Disease

The notion that invisible organisms cause disease was very difficult to accept

Mathematics and the Multiverse

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

Solar Magnetic Storms and Space Weather

How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications

Understanding How Life Began

Molecules in meteorites met with an optimal chemical environment on Earth

Sustaining Life: Biodiversity and Human Health

How the unprecedented loss of biodiversity impacts human health

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Clouds and the particles they contain are essential information for climate science. Here's how scientists gather and decipher that information.

Harnessing the Bioelectric Potential of Cells for Regeneration

Can bioelectric signals in cells be exploited for regeneration of limbs and tissue?

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?

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

An international expert on the mechanisms of antibiotics resistance and a leader in creating public awareness

Featured Guest

Meet Frank Guenther, PhD

A scientist who combines engineering and neural science skills to develop a brain-computer interface