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

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

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: Voids in Space

Huge regions of apparent nothingness throughout the universe are full of surprises....

Life: Origins of Life

The necessary ingredients and conditions; formation of life's molecules; Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA) ....

Climate Change

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

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for?

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

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

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

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.

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

What Marine Sediments Reveal about Climate Change

A major authority on ocean sediments discusses what these deposits tell us about past and present climate

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.

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

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

Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D.

Professor Krimsky's excellent books represent a broad range of science-related issues

Featured Guest

Meet Benjamin Weiss, PhD

A leading researcher in the role of magnetism in planetary, astroid and lunar evolution