Conservationists can't tackle all of the ocean's problems at once, so scientists are helping them triage

The ocean contains many vulnerable ecosystems that need protecting. So where should we start?

Abrahim El Gamal

Marine Chemical Biology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography


We still don't really know how Zika gets into the brain

For this scientist, the race to understand one of the world's most mysterious diseases is personal.

Michael F. Wells


Harvard University


Meet the first black woman to earn a PhD in chemistry

Marie Maynard Daly worked at a time when our understanding of DNA was changing in big ways


These tiny methane-eating organisms have an outsize impact on our climate models

They don't need as much oxygen as we think, and that's a big deal for climate scientists.

Michael Graw

Microbial Ecology

Oregon State University


Dreaming and wakefulness are two ways of being yourself

The definition of consciousness is harder to pin down than you might think, argues cognitive neuroscientist Elizaveta Solomonova.


Scientists are gluing teeth to power saws to learn how sharks eat

The cutting edge of science isn't always high-tech.

Kelsey Lucas

Physiology, Marine Biology, and Ecology

Harvard University



3 incredible stories from the life of nanoscience pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus

The “Queen of Carbon” didn’t earn her title by playing by the rules


The sublime, dark depths of the unknown universe, animated

How do you visualize something that, by definition, can’t be seen?



Neurons die with grace

Neuroscientist Emily Lowry’s ongoing research on how and why nerve cells die has implications for Alzheimer’s, ALS and beyond.


Scientists are concerned and troubled by the Trump administration

Research could wither if the federal funding it depends on becomes scarce or disappears.


We can’t see it or feel it, but we know it’s out there. Probably.

Learn how we know about dark matter, the best attempts so far to explain what it is, and the experiments that are trying to detect it.


Condensed Matters: Science in Short

Learn about the standard model, dark matter and consciousness in less than 6 minutes.


Searching for bird poop helped us understand the origins of the universe

How do you win a Nobel Prize? Persistence, patience and some very stubborn birds.