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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?
Despite great medical accomplishments in ancient civilizations, then medical advances from the 17th century on, the connection between germs and disease was unknown.
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.
Jan 15 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.
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Nov 06 The first in our new video series about major scientific discoveries that were not immediately accepted
Mathematician L. Mahadevan describes how nature, science and art intersect. It will change your entire perspective.
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
At the Summons Lab, scientists probe soil and rock samples from both ancient Earth and Mars for bio-molecules. Roger Summons
How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change. Naomi Oreskes
A leading expert and author on the issue of genetically modified foods explains the corporate resistance to labeling GM foods. Sheldon Krimsky
More than one in five Americans now takes a psychiatric medication. But long-term results are poor. Robert Whitaker, author of several books on this subject, discusses the problems of these meds and describes more effective initiatives.
A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics. Jon Beckwith
Irrefutable evidence for why we should --and can-- transition to renewable energy without delay. Mara Prentiss
How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science. Irene Porro
An interdisciplinary approach to the evolution of complexity in the cosmos -from subatomic particles to life