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Many viruses, including coronaviruses such as covid-19, originate in wild animals. To understand the transfer and infection process, it is necessary to consider the disease ecology: the interaction between humans and wild animal disease hosts. Jonathan Runstadler
The Standard Model does not explain the presence of dark matter or the imbalance between matter and antimatter in the Universe. The particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider represent a search for a new physics in the form of new particles or forces that account for these cosmic mysteries. Markus Klute
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?
It took almost a century to determine if and how continents moved (continental drift). In the 1960s irrefutable evidence showed that tectonic plates caused regular shifts of the planet’s magnetic polarity, volcanoes and earthquakes -and the drift of continents.
Despite great medical accomplishments in ancient civilizations, then medical advances from the 17th century on, the connection between germs and disease was unknown.
The unique features of the nano-scale make possible many innovations in medical research and medical applications. Sameer Sonkusale, DIrector of the Tufts University Nano Lab explains the advantages of the nano-scale and a number of recent nano-innovations in medicine. Sameer Sonkusale
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A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos. Priyamvada Natarajan
Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.
How DNA is folded in the cell may shed light on cancer and other diseases. Jané Kondev
A tour of the fascinating world of mushrooms. This is way beyond the supermarket. David Hibbett
The long struggle to commit the international community to prepare for the worldwide climate crisis. Henrik Selin
How a combination of innovative conservation techniques and involvement of local villages is combating damage in the Himalayas. Kamal Bawa
A comprehensive approach to public health: the body, the environment, the culture, the conditions. Sandro Galea
From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants. Jing-Ke Weng
Irrefutable evidence for why we should --and can-- transition to renewable energy without delay. Mara Prentiss
The anti-science mentality and policies threaten public health, environment, and safety --and also our progress in many scientific fields. Andrew Rosenberg
A prominent physicist makes a compelling case for shifting to alternative energy --now!