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: Solar Systems

Stellar death explosions produce massive gas and dust clouds, and some of that detritus becomes solar systems ...

Life: States of Animacy

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

Spectral Analysis

The correct interpretation of light spectra from stars was presented by a young researcher whose evidence was initially rejected.

Renaissance Roots of Modern Science

From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation....

Update from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs?

Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science...

The Jurassic Genome

Genetic material in ancient fossils yields an amazing profile of extinct organisms

Microbe Evolution

How microbes and their communities evolve and what the process means for us

The Alvin Deep-Sea Submersible: An Engineer's Story

Dudley Foster, the Woods Hole engineer closely associated with the Alvin's history, describes explorations of the deep-sea submersible.

Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt?

Changes in habitat and breeding patterns due to rapid climate change...

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

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

Solar Thermoelectric Alternative Energy

A nanotech innovation to improve solar energy...

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Max Tegmark, Ph.D.

A leading theoretical physicist introduces the public to the mathematical universe

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Meet Christopher Golden, Ph.D.

Important research on the relationship between malnutrition in poor nations and the combined impact of industrial fishing and climate change