Working Science

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.

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: Solar Systems

Stellar death explosions produce massive gas and dust clouds, and some of that detritus becomes solar systems ...

Life: Defining Life

The fine line between animate and inanimate, and between quasi-life and life. ....

DDT Poisoning

A poison that was initially considered a solution to disease-bearing insects and harmless to humans and animals became lethal

Update from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs?

Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science...

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical

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.....

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

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

Clive Hamilton Talks about the Geoengineering Issue

A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters

Genetics and Social Responsibility

A distinguished leader in genetic research discusses his dual commitment to science and ethics.

Bionic Being: The New Prosthetics

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

Fracking: The Facts and Issues

A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking

Renewable Energy Progress --Despite Resistance from the Fossil Fuel Industry

What we can do to speed up the transition to renewable energy, despite Big Oil's well funded resistance

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Charles Langmuir, Ph.D.

A major text on the deep relationship between life and planetary environment

Featured Guest

Meet Sanjoy Mahajan, Ph.D.

A mathematician with visionary ideas of how to teach --and discover-- mathematics today