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...

Photon as Particle and Wave

The unexpected and unlikely nature of the photon was hard to believe

Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology

The Social Context of Science

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

The Human Genome Project

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

How the Brain Produces Language --and What Can Go Wrong

The science of neural networks reveals the awesome complexity of normal speech production and also brings help for language disorders.

Sustainability Science: Biodiversity and Community

The distinguished ecologist Kamal Bawa talks about his new book on the Himalayas, his research, and his ATREE institute

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 Electric Eye: A Visual Prosthesis

A major breakthrough in the restoration of vision

Breakthrough in Antibiotics Resistance

An ingenious solution to the crisis of ineffective antibiotics is making headlines

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

Materials scientist Javier Fernandez discusses the "plastisphere" crisis and how it motivated the development of biodegradable "shrilk."

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Mario Livio, Ph.D.

An astrophysicist who is especially gifted at making science and mathematics accessible to the general public

Featured Guest

Meet Chris Organ, PhD

A scientist who has developed methods for reconstructing the genomes of ancient dinosaurs