Working Science

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

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: Our Familiar Matter

The kind of matter made of atoms accounts for a tiny fraction of the mass of the universe...

Life: Origins of Life

The necessary ingredients and conditions; formation of life's molecules; Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) ....

Acid Rain

Compounds emitted by smokestakes, vehicles and aircraft are deposited by rain, destroying the environment and corroding even stone and metal.

Mapping the Heavens

A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos

Einstein's Relativity

Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe...

Conservation Lessons from Ice-Age Extinctions

Was there a human factor in the Ice Age extinctions of large mammals?

How the Brain Produces Language --and What Can Go Wrong

The science of neural networks reveals the awesome complexity of normal speech production and also brings help for language disorders.

Sustainability Science: Biodiversity and Community

The distinguished ecologist Kamal Bawa talks about his new book on the Himalayas, his research, and his ATREE institute

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Beyond the Gene: Epigenetics Revealed

New understanding of the complex relationship between genes and the epigenome

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced

Renewable Energy Progress --Despite Resistance from the Fossil Fuel Industry

What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance

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?

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D.

Professor Krimsky's excellent books represent a broad range of science-related issues

Featured Guest

Meet Slava Epstein, Ph.D.

A leader in both the effort to identify unknown microbes and the effort to create viable antibiotics