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?

Recent Events

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

The scientist who led the sequencing of the Y chromosome explains its evolution, its survival, and possible relationship to conditions and diseases that affect mostly males.

Working Science

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

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..

Symbiogenesis

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

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

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

Mathematics and the Multiverse

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

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

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

Evolution of the Y Chromosome: Males Will Survive

The scientist who led the sequencing of the Y chromosome explains its evolution, its survival, and possible relationship to conditions and diseases that affect mostly males.

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

Max Tegmark, Ph.D.

A leading theoretical physicist introduces the public to the mathematical universe

Featured Guest

Meet Emilio Bizzi, M.D., PhD.

A world leader in the investigation of the brain's control of complex movement