How Science Fiction Inspired Science

Professor and writer 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.

What's Up at the 2015 Large Hadron Collider

A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy. Tulika Bose

How Ecosystems Work: from the Smallest to the Largest Scales

Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems. And regardless of scale and diversity --from microbial systems to rain forests -- they share common patterns and dynamics. James O'Dwyer

Exploring the Dark Matter of the Microbial World

All life depends on a microbial foundation. So does development of new antibiotics. But 99 percent of microbes are unknown. Slava Epstein

What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles

Arctic caves contain precise geological records of ancient ice-ages and subsequent melts that help scientists predict the effects of the present permafrost thaw. Jeremy Shakun

Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations. Christopher Golden

What's Your DNA Profile Doing on a Federal Database?

The public should be more familiar with the broad implications of forensic DNA. Sheldon Krimsky.

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

The Neural Prosthesis Lab at Boston University demonstrates the Brain-Computer-Interface: a communication device for the severely impaired. Frank Guenther

Power Plants and the Freshwater Crisis

The cooling systems of power plants use an enormous percentage of our diminishing freshwater supply. What's the solution? John Rogers

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...Jeff Deyette

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Alan Jasanoff, Ph.D.

An important discussion of why the brain must be considered within its physical, natural, and social environment

Featured Guest

Meet Tulika Bose, PhD

A particle physicist explains the excitement of the research at the Large Hadron Collider