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: Voids in Space

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

Life: Quasi-Life

Viruses, prions, bacteriophages ... all behave like living organisms but are not quite alive...

Acid Rain

Compounds emitted by smokestakes, vehicles and aircraft are deposited by rain, destroying the environment and corroding even stone and metal.

Big Science from Little Stars

Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution...

Dark Matter in the Universe

Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together

Evolution and Environmental Toxins

A toxicologist explains why some organisms thrive in an environment that endangers most species

Self-Defense Mechanisms of the Cell

The cell's self-defense repair kit against hereditary, environmental, and other threats

Making a Global Plan for Climate Change

An expert on climate change policy explains the coming global challege and the role of public commitment.

Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts

A discussion of the exceptionally well-documented climate change in Massachusetts

From The Cell to Cancer

What causes cancer? An internationally recognized research team discuss how different cancer theories shape cancer research

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.

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

The D-Lab at MIT: Engineering by and for Developing Nations

An award-winning MIT lab engineers practical necessities for impoverished nations

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Justin Hollander, Ph.D.

A handbook for public officials and the general public on contamination of land and water -and how some areas can be revived

Featured Guest

Meet David Kaiser, Ph.D.

An expert on the relationship between science and the culture in which it develops