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?

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From The Cell to Cancer

What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research

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Cosmos: Galaxies

Stars formed in clusters in the huge clouds that became the early galaxies...

Life: Evolution and Extinction

The long reign of bacteria, the eventual branching and diversification, symbiogenesis, the dramatic mass extinctions and resurgence of life...

DDT Poisoning

A poison that was initially considered a solution to disease-bearing insects and harmless to humans and animals became lethal

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and how reality is mathematical

Massive Galaxies: Where and How They Form

The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.

Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions

Cells make decisions that turn out to be random. Professor Kondev explains the implications of that surprising discovery.

Infant Fossil Teeth: Clues to Ancient Human Development

Ancient infant teeth reveal the importance of weaning patterns in human evolution

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

A distinguished authority on Earth's geochemical systems explains the deep relationship between life and planetary environment

From The Cell to Cancer

What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs?

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

John Quackenbush, Ph.D.

A very engaging discussion of the human genome project by one of the researchers involved

Featured Guest

Meet Emery Brown, M.D., PhD

A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness