Nuclear fusion — the process that occurs in the heart of stars to fuel them — is now another step closer to being harnessed as a new source of energy. Continue reading
The panda twins born at the Atlanta Zoo July 15 have officially been named: Mei Lun and Mei Huan.
In case you missed it: Zookeepers caring for the rare white lion cub born in Belgrade, Serbia on Sept. 27 introduced her to the press this week.
Hellbender salamanders are as old as the dinosaurs, but scientists know very little about these ancient amphibians. Scientists need to know how many live in the Midwest and Appalachian regions of the United States and how healthy the population is, but finding and studying these animals is no easy feat. Continue reading
With an estimated 5,500 species in the Yasuni National Park, Ecuador has some of the largest biodiversity in the world. But Yasuni is also home to nearly 850 million barrels of crude oil, which Ecuador may choose to leave untapped if the world community compensates the nation to leave the oil permanently in the ground. Continue reading
Research published by Nature shows there are four distinct types of breast cancer and that genetic changes occurring as cancer cells spread are vastly different for each type. Judy Woodruff talks to National Cancer Institute’s Dr. Harold Varmus for more on what the research could mean for treatment in the future. Continue reading
Researchers have shown that patients paralyzed from the neck down can move robotic arms with their minds, according to a new report in the journal Nature that documents two cases involving brain-stem stroke victims. Margaret Warner discusses the hopes for the technology with Dr. Leigh Hochberg of Massachusetts General Hospital. Continue reading
A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature revealed that scientists have managed to convert damaged tissue into functioning heart muscle by inducing mild heart attacks on lab mice then coaxing their hearts into rebuilding themselves. In collaboration with KQED’s QUEST program, correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
In honor of Valentine’s Day, poet Tony Hoagland reads “Romantic Moment” — a poem about a man and woman who have just watched a nature documentary on a date, and how their expressions of affection stack up against those of leopard frogs, chimpanzees, bull penguins and so on. Continue reading