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David Toomey explains the surprising connections between the realm of science fiction and science fact, especially the ways in which sci-fi anticipated discoveries in real science.

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Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!

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The concept that all matter is composed of an invisible but fundamental entity was resisted for a very long time.

Exoplanet Atomospheres

How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering? Mercedes Lopez-Morales

The 2016 Large Hadron Collider Update

The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Tulika Bose

The Evolution of Photosynthesis

How photosynthesis --and life-- emerged in Earth's ancient chemical environment. Tanja Bosak and Alexander Petroff

Language Acquisition: How Many Languages Can You Learn?

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

Deep-Sea Volcanoes

Scientists are now able to study in detail the dynamic volcanic activity of the deep ocean ridges. This is a description of what scientists are learning. Daniel Fornari

The Alvin Deep-Sea Submersible: An Engineer's Story

Dudley Foster, the Woods Hole engineer closely associated with the Alvin's history, describes explorations of the deep-sea submersible. Dudley Foster

Environmental Toxins and the Brain

Many common toxins in the environment significantly harm the fetal brain. Philippe Grandjean

Long-Term Health Threats of BPA and Other Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors such as BPA cause developmental problems and disease. How does this damage occur? Ana Soto and Carlos Sonnenschein

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

How university educational outreach programs encourage high school students' interest in science. Irene Porro

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Richard Primack, Ph.D.

Professor Primack's innovative textbooks incorporate information relevant to specific regions where the texts are used

Featured Guest

Meet Emery Brown, M.D., PhD

A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness