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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?
Dark matter is believed to comprise five-sixths of the matter in the universe, but cannot be "seen." Now, however, technical innovations offer the potential for real observation and maybe new physics.
The destabilization of Earth's complex carbon cycle is associated with past mass extinctions. This mathematical model predicts a coming sixth mass extinction.
Nectar and pollen are sources of food for bees, but some of these sources may also help to reduce certain pathogens.
Author and philosopher Lee McIntyre discusses his newest book, The Scientific Attitude, and some of his earlier works. A timely subject!
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.
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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A fascinating explanation of the complex relationship between the oceans and atmosphere --and how that balance makes the planet function. Amala Mahadevan
Clouds and the particles they contain are essential information for climate science. Here's how scientists gather and decipher that information. Daniel Cziczo
Genomic medicine will revolutionize health care, but it also introduces a challenge for data management. John Quackenbush
In this extraordinary era almost any limb, organ or tissue can be replaced. Shawn Kelly
Efficient production of solar energy with solar thermo-electric generators (STEGs)... Gang Chen
A panel of experts presents the known scientific, health and environmental facts about fracking. Phartiyal_Pallavi, Aaron Bernstein, William Moomaw, Andrew Rosenberg
An evolutionary toxicologist considers why some organisms adapt to our toxic world while others do not.