Cosmic Evolution

From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos. Eric Chaisson

Beyond the Standard Model? The Latest from Fermilab

06/07 A discussion about the recent Muon g-2 experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and also Fermilab's work on the upgrade of the CMS project at CERN. Steve Nahn and James Mott

Understanding How Life Began

Molecules in meteorites met with an optimal chemical environment on Earth. Alonso Ricardo

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. Slava Epstein

Restoration of Severely Contaminated Lands

Sometimes even severely polluted land can be restored. Some case histories... Justin Hollander

Ocean Sediments: Earth's Deep Climate History

A leader in the international research on marine sediments explains how climate history is recorded in ocean sediments. Richard Murray

Scientists Raise the Alarm: Endocrine Disruptors Affect Brain Development

An important update on the impact of common toxins in the environment that permanently affect the brain -starting in the womb. The evidence of damage is far ahead of the regulation of these chemicals. Thomas Zoeller

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. John Connor

Innovations for the People: The GEAR Lab at MIT

The Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab produces cost-saving, practical innovations that make a real difference for developing nations: home-use desalination, drip irrigation -and many other solutions. Amos Winter

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. Jeff Deyette

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Jon Beckwith, Ph.D.

A great scientist's dual role as geneticist and social activist

Featured Guest

Meet James P. O'Dwyer, Ph.D.

Leading research on one of the most important areas of biology: "Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems."