Science touches so many aspects of modern life that it’s hard to keep up. Through our programs and this website, Science for the Public provides up-to-date information about scientific innovations, discoveries, and issues that are shaping modern knowledge.
What's so important about an atmosphere? Find out here.
Many of the most important advances in scientific understanding were initially rejected or ignored.
In an era of global science, other nations are increasing their science budgets. Why aren't we?
A solution for the demands of high tech computing: a memristor combines the functions of memory and computation, storing transient information about the signals passed through it.
The challenges of research on medical marijuana, as experienced by a UMass-Amherst scientist.
Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
David Toomey explains the surprising connections between the realm of science fiction and science fact, especially the ways in which sci-fi anticipated discoveries in real science.
RESCHEDULED for OCT 22 Adrien Finzi explains how the different components of the forest ecosystem (soils, microbes, plant species) respond to our rapidly changing climate.
How effective are offshore wind farms in nations that have developed them, and why has the US been slow to recognize the enormous potential of this energy resource? NEU researcher Andrew Myers presents the facts.
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, however, technical innovations offer the potential for real observation and maybe new physics.
How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form? Elena D'Onghia
The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Tulika Bose
Genetic material in ancient fossils yields an amazing profile of extinct organisms. Chris Organ
An explanation of how modern genetics analysis confirms ancient human migrations, such as the Indo-Europeans. Nick Patterson
Calculating the impact of large-scale food production on the environment... Susanne Freidberg
A fascinating look at the vital role of seagrass in marine ecosystems. Barnabas Daru
TB cells do not all respond to antibiotics. Discovering why is the key to effective treatment. Bree Aldridge
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. Sameer Sonkusale
The great potential of ordinary plants in the development of "green" batteries. Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Irrefutable evidence for why we should --and can-- transition to renewable energy without delay. Mara Prentiss
A major textbook on conservation biology and a beautiful tribute to the ecology of the Himalayas