Physics Beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider

The particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider represent a search for a new physics in the form of new particles or forces that account for unknowns about the cosmos. Markus Klute

Odd Couple: UV Radiation and the Origin of Life

A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere. Sukrit Ranjan

The Evolution of Photosynthesis

How photosynthesis --and life-- emerged in Earth's ancient chemical environment. Tanja Bosak and Alexander Petroff

Leaving It Up to Chance: How Cells Make Decisions

Cells make decisions that turn out to be random. Jané Kondev explains the implications of that surprising discovery.

Corporate Science and Genetically Modified Foods

A leading expert and author on the issue of genetically modified foods explains the corporate resistance to labeling GM foods. Sheldon Krimsky

Atmosphere: Earth and Elsewhere

What an atmosphere is, what it does, how it changes --on Earth, elsewhere in our solar system and beyond. Daniel Cziczo

New Ways of Imaging the Brain

A visit to the Alan Jasanoff Lab at MIT to learn how brain scientists are developing new techniques and devices to improve brain imaging.

Conflicting Science on the Safety of Genetically Modified Food

Many nations prohibit GMO foods, but the US doesn't even require labeling. What can science tell us about GMOs? Sheldon Krimsky

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

"Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

The great potential of ordinary plants in the development of "green" batteries. Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Toby Lester

Well-known journalist and author of two widely acclaimed books

Featured Guest

Meet Barnabas Daru, Ph.D.

A young researcher whose work is raising awareness of the complex dependence of marine ecosystems on seagrasses