They Didn't Believe It! Dark Matter

Most of the matter in the universe is invisible --and scientists still do not know what it is. This is a brief story of how the idea of dark matter was very slowly accepted.

A Front-Row Seat at the Big Bang: The LHC at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature.......... Steven Nahn

"Shocking" News from Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

In probably the most extreme environmment on Earth, organisms are thriving. Peter Girguis explains how.....

Exploring the Dark Matter of the Microbial World

All life depends on a microbial foundation. So does development of new antibiotics. But 99 percent of microbes are unknown. Slava Epstein


Earthquakes occur somewhere, every day. Can they be predicted, and if so, how? Colleen Dalton

Coastal Ecosystems and Climate Change

An international expert explains how coastal ecosystems function and how they are adjusting to current stresses. Brian Helmuth

Public Health: A Deeper Perspective

An explanation of how environment, community, class, and other factors must be included in public health. Sandro Galea

The Widespread Resistance to Antibiotics: Stuart B. Levy, M.D.

Exploring the "antibiotic paradox" and the decades-long efforts of Dr. Stuart Levy to avert the danger we have created

Public Acceptance of Wind Energy in Massachusetts: Factors, Implications

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

Solar Energy the Third Way

Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)... Gang Chen

Today's Featured Contributors

Featured Author

Priyamvada Natarajan, Ph.D.

A splendid discussion of the initial resistance to --and ultimate acceptance of -- many fundamental concepts of modern astrophysics/astronomy

Featured Guest

Meet Jon Beckwith, Ph.D.

A leading researcher in genetics, associated with major discoveries, who has also emphasized the social implications of this field.