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Jan 15, Dr. Pamela Templer explains how scientists study forests and predict the impact of rising temperatures, decreasing snowpacks and other effects on New England's forest ecosystems.
Jan. 21. The unique features of the nano-scale make possible many innovations in medical research and medical applications. Sameer Sonkusale, DIrector of the Tufts University Nano Lab explains the advantages of the nano-scale and a number of recent nano-nnovations in medicine.
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
Dec 12. Dr. Jon Levy of Boston University School of Public Health describes how urban air pollutants such as vehicle exhaust affect our health.
12/10/19 A visit to the Weng Lab at Whitehead Institute to learn how researchers exploit the mechanisms and molecules of plants contributing to medical innovations .
12/02/19 Most of the matter in the universe is invisible --and scientists still do not know what it is. This is a brief story of how the idea of dark matter was very slowly accepted.
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What scientists are learning about the early universe --before light emerged. Lincoln Greenhill
Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity. Licia Verde
A tour of the fascinating world of mushrooms. This is way beyond the supermarket. David Hibbett
Reconstructing the relationship between biological evolution and geology, climate, environment. Andrew Knoll
An important critique of geoengineering, including cautions about misinformation. Daniel Cziczo
Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment... Susanne Freidberg
An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy. Philip Warburg
Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."