Working Science

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain

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

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

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

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: Solar Systems

Stellar death explosions produce massive gas and dust clouds, and some of that detritus becomes solar systems ...

Life: Extreme Forms of Life

The discovery of organisms thriving in extreme temperatures and conditions deep undersea, deep in the Earth, deep in the ice suggests that life, once it emerges, is extraordinarily resilient..

Continental Drift

The explanation for the geological relationship between continents was originally heresy

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.

Mathematics and the Multiverse

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

Sustaining Life: Biodiversity and Human Health

How the unprecedented loss of biodiversity impacts human health

Understanding How Life Began

Molecules in meteorites met with an optimal chemical environment on Earth

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

What triggers the sudden massive plankton blooms that we depend on?

Earth and Humans: A Planetary Perspective

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

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

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: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Susanne Freidberg, Ph.D.

Outstanding resources on the environmental impact of modern agriculture and meat production

Featured Guest

Meet Tanja Bosak, PhD

A researcher who tracks the evolutionary relationship between life and environment