Working Science

Using Genetics to Trace Human History

An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans

Recent Events

Enigmas of Life: Getting It Started and Becoming Complex

An investigation of the two major questions about the origin of life, and their relevance in search for life elsewhere in the universe

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: Our Familiar Matter

The kind of matter made of atoms accounts for a tiny fraction of the mass of the universe...

Life: Quasi-Life

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

Evolution

One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time still meets resistance today

Mapping the Milky Way

An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for?

Conservation Lessons from Ice-Age Extinctions

Was there a human factor in the Ice Age extinctions of large mammals?

Infant Fossil Teeth: Clues to Ancient Human Development

Ancient infant teeth reveal the importance of weaning patterns in human evolution

What Arctic Caves Reveal about Ancient Climate Cycles

Arctic caves contain precise geological records of ancient ice-ages and subsequent melts that help scientists predict the effects of the present permafrost thaw.

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.

Cracking the Neural Code for Speech

Providing a way to help severely impaired individuals communicate

Medicating ADHD: Diagnosis and the Long-Term Effects of the Medications

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs

The Push for Renewable Energy

An author-activist urges public engagement to ensure the transition to renewable energy

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

David Toomey, Ph.D.

A writer who also teaches science-technical writing (as well as literature)

Featured Guest

Meet Emilio Bizzi, M.D., PhD.

A world leader in the investigation of the brain's control of complex movement