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: States of Animacy

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


Lynn Margulis's theory of how microbe combinations led to complex cells in evolution was rejected by the scientific establishment for years.

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics

Microbe Evolution

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

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.

Reading the Clouds to Understand Climate Change

Clouds and the particles they contain are essential information for climate science. Here's how scientists gather and decipher that information.

The Politics of Food's Environmental Footprint

Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment...

Revealing the Brain through States of Unconsciousness

Important insights into the brain from research on anesthesia, coma and sleep

Traffic Pollution and Child Cognition

The effects of vehicle pollutants on the developing brain

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

Justin Hollander, Ph.D.

A handbook for public officials and the general public on contamination of land and water -and how some areas can be revived

Featured Guest

Meet Kim Lewis, Ph.D.

Developer of numerous innovations in antibiotics research, and especially noted for a 2014 breakthrough