Recent Events

Plankton: The Humble Base of the Ocean Ecosystem

Ancient diatom fossils provide clues to the adaptability of these vital organisms in the deep past, and can help predict plankton survival in the present climate change.

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: The Cosmic Microwave Background

One of the best indicators that the universe began with a bang is the radiation it left behind...

Life: Life beyond Earth

The basic chemical elements of life on Earth are the most abundant elements in the universe...Are the conditions right elsewhere?

Glacial Moraines

Evidence for ancient glaciers and their rocky deposits conflicted with the 18th century's Biblical perspective

How Solar Systems Form: Puzzles and Possibilities

Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.

The Social Context of Science

David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship

Exploring the Dark Matter of the Microbial World

All life depends on a microbial foundation. So does development of new antibiotics. But 99 percent of microbes are unknown.

The Human Genome Project

The challenge for genomic studies today is how to manage the vast collection of data

How Plankton Blooms Absorb CO2

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

Troubled Waters: Fewer Fish, Increasing Malnutrition

A combination of climate change, industrial fishing, and seafood trade now threaten basic health in many developing nations

The Electric Eye: A Visual Prosthesis

A major breakthrough in the restoration of vision

Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology

Advances in nanotechnology are revolutionizing medicine. A leader in the field describes recent developments and his commitment to making them available to a wide public.

Innovations in Clean Water Technology

Desalination offers a solution to the water shortage problem...

Solar Energy the Third Way

Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)...

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Susanne Freidberg, Ph.D.

Outstanding resources on the environmental impact of modern agriculture and meat production

Featured Guest

Meet Alonso Ricardo, PhD

A biochemist who reconstructs the origin of the cell