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September 10: Herbal Medicines Decoded: How Plants That Soothe and Cure Do It

From ancient traditions to modern pharmaceutical labs, certain plants have been valued for their therapeutic qualities. The Weng Lab analyzes the unique chemistry --and evolution-- of such plants.

October 22: The Impact of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems

An explanation of how the different components of the forest ecosystem --including soil, microbes, plants and creatures -- must co-adapt and respond to our rapidly changing climate.

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Ozone Hole

Evidence for destruction of the ozone hole was rejected for decades

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and the mathematical nature of reality.

Exoplanet Atomospheres

How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering? Mercedes Lopez-Morales

Art and Nature: A Special Exhibit

Boston-area artists Susan Heideman and Michelle Lougee discuss their fascinating exhibit, "The Life of Forms."

The Co-Evolution of Organisms and Their Environments

Reconstructing the relationship between biological evolution and geology, climate, environment. Andrew Knoll

Our Rising Seas

Sea-level patterns over 2000 years and the situation now. Andrew Kemp

Earthquakes!

Earthquakes occur somewhere, every day. Can they be predicted? Colleen Dalton

Environmental Contaminants and Autism

Determining the relationship between environmental contaminants and the global increase in autism. Marc Weisskopf

Viruses: Threats in a Tiny Package

Viral infections that were once obscure are potentially global threats in a highly linked world. New tools are being deployed to identify and block these diseases. John Connor

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

Why public acceptance of wind power can differ from one community to another. Maria Petrova

Replacing Plastic: The Merits of Shrilk

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

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Susanne Freidberg, Ph.D.

Outstanding resources on the environmental impact of modern agriculture and meat production

Featured Guest

Meet Jeff Deyette

An expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists who calculates how individuals can contribute to energy efficiency