Science touches so many aspects of modern life that it’s hard to keep up. Through our programs and this website, Science for the Public provides up-to-date information about scientific innovations, discoveries, and issues that are shaping modern knowledge.
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
The challenges of research on medical marijuana, as experienced by a UMass-Amherst scientist.
A solution for the demands of high tech computing: a memristor combines the functions of memory and computation, storing transient information about the signals passed through it.
CANCELLED. RESCHEDULED for OCT 22 How the different components of the forest ecosystem (soils, microbes, plant species) respond to our rapidly changing climate. Adrien Finzi
How effective are offshore wind farms in nations that have developed them, and why has the US been slow to recognize the enormous potential of this energy resource? Andrew Myers
More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. A major author on the subject discusses more effective initiatives. Robert Whitaker
What caused Earth's five mass extinctions --and are we headed for a sixth? Andrew Knoll
David Toomey explains the surprising connections between the realm of science fiction and science fact, especially the ways in which sci-fi anticipated discoveries in real science.
Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
A toxicologist explains why some organisms thrive in an environment that endangers most species. Emily Monosson
The compelling search for entirely new forms of life elsewhere in our solar system and the universe. David Toomey
Can the great Himalaya ecosystem adapt to the dual assault of rapid development and climate change? Maharaj Pandit
Factors that influence the way people think about climate change. Brian Helmuth
The public should know the broad implications of forensic DNA
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. John Connor
The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg
A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...