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Evolution and Environmental Toxins

A toxicologist explains why some organisms thrive in an environment that endangers most species

Working Science

The Science of Clouds and Climate

The Cziczo Lab at MIT investigates the particles that form clouds and the vital role of clouds in climate change

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: The Cosmic Microwave Background

One of the best indicators that the universe began with a bang is the radiation it left behind...

Life: Life beyond Earth

The basic chemical elements of life on Earth are the most abundant elements in the universe...Are the conditions right elsewhere?

Glacial Moraines

Evidence for ancient glaciers and their rocky deposits conflicted with the 18th century's Biblical perspective

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical

Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues?

The Human Genome Project

The challenge for genomic studies today is how to manage the vast collection of data

How DNA is Folded in Cells and Why it Matters

How DNA is folded in the cell may shed light on cancer and other diseases

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Corporate Science and Genetically Modified Foods

A leading expert and author on the issue of genetically modified foods explains the corporate resistance to labeling GM foods.

What's Your DNA Profile Doing on a Federal Database?

The public should know the broad implications of forensic DNA

Unraveling the Secrets of Viruses

Why are viruses so successful, and can we manage the bad ones?

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another

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 Shakira Franco Suglia, ScD.

A researcher who examines the impact of urban pollution on cognitive development