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Living Lab on The Point is Produced by Dr. Heather Goldstone. The Executive Producer is Mindy Todd.

Major support for the Living Lab is provided by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and The Kendeda Fund. Additional support is provided by Lee McGraw and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation.

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Andreas Cellarius, illustration of the Copernican system, from the "Harmonia Macrocosmica" (1660).
Wikimedia Commons

The more we know, the harder it is to be groundbreaking. The burden of knowledge is changing the way we work, and who drives innovation.

Tom Kleindinst / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


The past fifty years have seen enormous advances for women in science-related careers, but equity in the top ranks of academia remains elusive.

Jason Padgett's representation of Pi.
Courtesy of Jason Padgett

Each year, on March 14th, math afficianados everywhere celebrate Pi Day. For Jason Padgett, though, every day is Pi Day.

We track the prices of everything from crude oil to milk for clues about the state of the economy. But what could they tell us about the environment?

Scientists collect a sediment core from Salt Pond in Falmouth, MA.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Extinct species left fossils, ancient humans left cave paintings and tools. What did the storms of centuries past leave behind? Sand.

Cod fishing - for research - aboard the Barbara K. Peters of Scituate, MA.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

If you want to protect New England's most iconic fish and still allow fishermen to catch them, it’s critical to know when and where they reproduce. The trouble is, we don't.

François Philipp / Flickr

There are books about cops, and books about doctors. John Grisham made his name writing about lawyers. So where are all the scientists?

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Scientists have proposed calling this the Anthropocene - the man-made epoch. Now, add evolution to the list of things humans are reworking.

Massachusetts is a blue state with a reputation for green policies. But communities of color aren't seeing the benefits.

Most Caribbean coral reefs are now covered with more algae and sponges then coral.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

Coral reefs may look benign but, really, they're war zones. Pollution and climate change have tipped the scales against corals, in favor of sponges.