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: Black Holes

Paradoxical objects that underscore the mystery of the universe, black holes seem the ultimate destructive force, but may be essential to the stability of galaxies...

Life: Defining Life

The fine line between animate and inanimate, and between quasi-life and life. ....

Neutron Stars

Even the great Thomas Gold could not convince a leading science organization to consider neutron stars

A Front-Row Seat at the Big Bang: The LHC at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature...

Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries

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.

"Shocking" News from Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

In probably the most extreme environmment on Earth, organisms are thriving. Peter Girguis explains how.....

The Role of the Ocean in the Global Carbon Cycle

The complex relationship between marine life and the chemistry and circulation of oceans

How Restorative Development Can Address Climate Change

An international authority on the dual impacts of climate change and environmental destruction discusses the urgent need for a restorative development policy.

See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science

Visual representation is essential for the communication of science concepts and data

Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package

Viral infections that were once obscure are potentially global threats in a highly linked world. New tools are being deployed to identify and block these diseases.

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?

The D-Lab at MIT: The People's Engineering Team

The award-winning D-Lab's unique approach to improving lives in the poorest nations

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Philip Warburg

Philip Warburg's books on renewable energy represent the views of diverse people and groups.

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Meet David Stipp

One of the leading writers on the subject of extending the human lifespan