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 many demands on emergency room staff include effective communication with highly stressed patients. This researcher seeks best approaches for communicating with the mentally ill in ER situations.
Boston-area artists Susan Heideman and Michelle Lougee discuss their fascinating exhibit, "The Life of Forms."
Producers of perfluorinated alkylate substances (PFAS) withheld for decades the facts about the health and environmental threats of these ubiquitous toxins.
A visit to the Alan Jasanoff Lab at MIT to learn how brain scientists are developing new techniques and devices to improve brain imaging.
Harvard's Law School Environmental Clinic shows us how we can use the law to save our environment
The acquisition of even one language is very complicated. But there are some --called hyperpolyglotals-- who learn dozens of languages. How does the brain do this?
An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology
The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.
How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change
What modern seismologists are learning about the Earth's interior
The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs
The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children
An interdisciplinary perspective on the biogeochemical relationships of ocean cycles