Miles O’Brien

  • Pictures of the winners of the 2016 Nobel Chemistry Prize: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa are displayed on a screen during a news conference by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden October 5, 2016. TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery/via Reuters?ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. - RTSQUAN
    October 5, 2016  

    A trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for creating some of the world’s tiniest machines. Their nanorobots use extremely controlled movements to perform tasks that the creators hope will one day be useful in the world of medicine. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss these mini machines and the other science and medicine Nobels awarded this week. Continue reading

  • The planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, is seen in an undated artist's impression released by the European Southern Observatory August 24, 2016.   ESO/M. Kornmesser/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX2MWBP
    August 24, 2016  

    Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable new world, a mere four light years away from Earth. They call the planet “Proxima B,” and it may feature characteristics that are just right for human life. Nonetheless, it has some major differences from Earth — a year on the planet lasts only 11 days. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with WGBH’s science correspondent Miles O’Brien for background. Continue reading

  • A fallen tree leaves a hole in the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano near the village of Pahoa, Hawaii in this handout picture from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) taken October 31, 2014. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the Big Island village of Pahoa for weeks, although it slowed to a turtle's pace on Thursday and at last watch had advanced only a few feet (meters) over several hours, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. Picture taken October 31, 2014.    REUTERS/USGS/Handout via Reuters  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR4CFEE
    August 17, 2016  

    Hawaii’s Kilauea has been erupting for over 30 years, making it the longest-flowing volcano on earth. Because of this remarkable activity, it is also currently the most researched. Geologist Mike Garcia has studied Kilauea for decades and believes that analyzing the chemical composition of pieces of the volcano may yield clues to its future behavior. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • File photo of a cannabis plant by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
    July 6, 2016  

    Lenny and Amy’s 5-year-old son has epilepsy. When conventional medications caused terrible side effects, they started giving him a daily drop of cannabis oil, with dramatic results. But it’s a calculated risk: While there is anecdotal evidence of cannabis’ effectiveness, scientists face research roadblocks because it’s a schedule 1 controlled substance. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

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    June 8, 2016  

    Confined spaces, low gravity and high concentrations of oxygen mean any unexpected fire on a space station could well be a death sentence, especially since fire extinguishers aren’t very effective away from Earth. So NASA scientists are trying to develop a new kind of firefighting tool by starting their own space fires and studying how they unfold. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is seen during a media briefing  at Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 16, 2013. Astronauts aboard the space station will inflate early on Thursday a prototype expandable module, which will be tested for two years as a possible habitat for crews on long-duration missions around the moon or to Mars.   Bill Ingalls/NASA/File Photo/Handout via Reuters  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTSFWDP
    June 1, 2016  

    Over the weekend, astronauts aboard the orbiting International Space Station added a module like none other. Think an RV that expands out the back with extra space for sleeping quarters. In the case of the ISS, it was an inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). It’s made of a material stronger than kevlar and could be a game-changer. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • Employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. local time (0546 GMT) at TEPCO's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 2016, to mark the five-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands. Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 that turned towns to matchwood and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTSAAKA
    March 11, 2016  

    Five years ago, an epic tsunami off the coast of Japan triggered a triple-reactor nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ever since then, 7,000 workers have been laboring round-the-clock on a massive, and unprecedented, cleanup effort. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien takes an exclusive look at ground zero of the greatest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Continue reading

  • An aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carries the Zika virus is seen at a laboratory of the National Center for the Control of Tropical Diseases (CENCET) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photo by Stringer /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    March 3, 2016  

    As mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and Zika virus continue to ravage Brazil, scientists are racing to fight back. Their latest tactic: genetically engineered mosquitoes that will pass along fatal mutations to their offspring, destroying mosquito populations from within. But some researchers worry our limited knowledge of Zika could throw a wrench into this plan. Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • French gendarmes and police stand on the beach where a large piece of plane debris was found in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015. France's BEA air crash investigation agency said it was examining the debris,  in coordination with Malaysian and Australian authorities, to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. Picture taken July 29, 2015.     REUTERS/Zinfos974/Prisca Bigot  - RTX1ME0M
    July 30, 2015  

    Even though it seems more and more likely that the debris recovered on the island of Reunion is part of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, many questions still remain. Judy Woodruff learns more from science correspondent Miles O’Brien and Van Gurley, whose company Metron helped investigators find Air France Flight 447 off the coast of South America. Continue reading

  • Miles O'Brien reports on the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in Kambia, Sierra Leone. Screen image from PBS NewsHour
    June 10, 2015   BY  

    Miles O’brien has given NewsHour viewers a look into the heart of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, digging deep into the science, medicine and cutting edge research unfolding along with the crisis. But behind the science are human beings. Doctors and their patients, victims of the outbreak and brave health workers, putting their own lives at risk. Continue reading

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