Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos --and biology. Seth Lloyd

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

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

Language Acquisition: How Many Languages Can You Learn?

The acquisition of even one language is very complicated. But there are some --called hyperpolyglotals-- who learn dozens of languages. How does the brain do this? Evelina Fedorenko

Mushrooms and Other Fungi: Their Role in Nature

A tour of the fascinating world of mushrooms. This is way beyond the supermarket. David Hibbett

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning........... Daniel Fornari

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. Daniel Cziczo

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. John Connor

See What I Mean? Visualizing in Science

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

Cooler Smarter

A co-author of the new book from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes how individuals can substantially reduce their carbon footprints while creating a healthy lifestyle...Jeff Deyette

From Sea-Sponge to Skyscraper: Bioinspired Engineering

The structure of a humble marine organism inspires mechanical engineers and architects in the design of skyscrapers, massive bridges and other challenging projects. Matheus Fernandes

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Sharon Levy

A well-known natural history writer's analysis of the Ice-Age extinctions in America

Featured Guest

Meet Toby Lester

Acclaimed author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) and Da Vinci’s Ghost (2012)