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: Black Holes

Paradoxical objects that underscore the mystery of the universe, black holes seem the ultimate destructive force, but may be essential to the stability of galaxies...

Life: Synthetic Life

Partly in order to understand its amazing complexity, and partly in order to advance medical therapies. So, how do you create a viable cell?

Climate Change

The undeniable facts of the human impact on global climate are still being resisted

The Core of the Moon

Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know?

History of the Universe in One Hour

From the Big Bang to parallel universes...

Sustaining Life: Biodiversity and Human Health

How the unprecedented loss of biodiversity impacts human health

"Shocking" News from Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

In probably the most extreme environmment on Earth, organisms are thriving. Peter Girguis explains how.....

Making a Global Plan for Climate Change

An expert on climate change policy explains the coming global challege and the role of public commitment.

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

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

The Advent of Personalized Genomic Medicine

Genomic medicine will revolutionize health care, but it also introduces a challenge for data management

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

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

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

Eric Chaisson, Ph.D.

An interdisciplinary approach to the evolution of complexity in the cosmos -from subatomic particles to life

Featured Guest

Meet Shakira Franco Suglia, ScD.

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