David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.

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David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.


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Richard Lenski discusses how he has been surprised by evolution.

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Michael Costanzo: Giant Genetic Map Reveals Life’s Hidden Links

Michael Costanzo, a biologist at the University of Toronto and a lead author on the new study, explains why it’s important to understand how genes interact.

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Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.

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Michael Zitolo is turning the way science is approached in the classroom upside down.

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Pencils Down: Soni Midha of East Side Community High School

In school or in life, Soni Midha wants her math students to be able to prove why something is correct.

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Pencils Down: Channa Comer of Baychester Middle School

Channa Comer teaches 6th-grade science. She focuses on engagement so kids will want to keep learning.