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October 10: Language Acquisition: How Many Languages Can You Learn?

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?

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Lightning as Electricity

What is so obvious to us was not understood until Ben Franklin's famous 1752 demonstration.

Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

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

Massive Galaxies: Where and How They Form

The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.

Our Robots, Ourselves

The author of "Our Robots, Ourselves" discusses the limits of robot autonomy

Mushrooms and Other Fungi: Their Role in Nature

A tour of the fascinating world of mushrooms. This is way beyond the supermarket.

Creating Public Doubt about Scientific Facts

How vested interests have misled and confused the public over the years about many issues: DDT, tobacco, the ozone hole, environment, climate change

Journey to the Center of the Earth

What modern seismologists are learning about the Earth's interior

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

The potential danger of long-term use of ADHD drugs

Psychotropic Drugs and Children

The real dangers of psychotropic drugs that are routinely prescribed for children

Science Outreach Programs for Youth

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

The Push for Renewable Energy

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Mick Follows, Ph.D.

An interdisciplinary perspective on the biogeochemical relationships of ocean cycles

Featured Guest

Meet Sheldon Krimsky, PhD

One of the most prolific researchers on public health issues, greatly committed to educating the public