Working Science

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning.

Earth Life and Weird Life

The compelling search for entirely new forms of life elsewhere in our solar system and the universe

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

Nanotechnology in Medicine

A tour of some innovative medical nano-devices at the Tufts University Nano Lab

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments

Probing Exoplanet Atmospheres

A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres.

Searching for Bio-Molecules

At the Summons Lab, scientists probe soil and rock samples from both ancient Earth and Mars for bio-molecules

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.

The Potential Uses of Deep-Sea Microbes

A leader in the study of exotic microbes at hydrothermal vents explains the significance and the potential of these life forms

The Role of Oceans in Climate

A visit to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to learn how researchers investigate the dynamic relationship between oceans and climate

The Science of Clouds and Climate

The Cziczo Lab at MIT investigates the particles that form clouds and the vital role of clouds in climate change

Understanding Coastal Ecosystems

A visit to the Helmuth Lab to learn how scientists investigate effects of changing climate on coastal ecosystems

Understanding Viruses: The Connor Lab

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

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

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

What to Know about Geoengineering

The excess CO2 in Earth's atmosphere will remain for hundreds of years. An atmospheric scientist explains the need to reduce that excess as we shift to renewable energy.