Research

  • ebola
    October 9, 2014  

    Despite increased pledges of support for the Ebola epidemic, Nancy Aossey of International Medical Corps says there are still not enough operational efforts on the ground. Gwen Ifill talks to Aossey, CEO of one of the few nongovernmental groups treating patients in West Africa, about the current treatment resources available for patients and training efforts and equipment for health workers. Continue reading

  • gawande_bookfly
    October 9, 2014  

    Modern medicine has a fundamental failure in its approach toward aging and dying, says Dr. Atul Gawande: “We don’t recognize that people have priorities besides just living longer.” Gawande, a surgeon and the author of a new book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss his education in mortality. Continue reading

  • UC Santa Barbara Scientist Shuji Nakamura Shares Nobel Prize For Physics
    October 7, 2014  

    The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists who created the revolutionary LED light, which is 20 times more efficient than a standard incandescent bulb. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Jeffrey Brown to talk about the winners and their energy-saving research, plus a look at this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine. Continue reading

  • DISTRACTED DRIVING_Monitor
    October 7, 2014  

    In a device-heavy world, hands-free technology is supposed to make tasks like driving safer. But a new report found that talking, texting and adjusting music might be even more distracting if you’re not using your hands. Gwen Ifill learns more from Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research at AAA. Continue reading

  • biohacking
    September 23, 2014  

    How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also attracting controversy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • ebola1
    August 28, 2014  

    There have been 3,000 cases of Ebola virus confirmed in the current outbreak, but the World Health Organization forecasts that the total number could top 20,000 and spread to 10 additional countries. In response, the agency is rolling out a $490 million plan over the next nine months to stem the outbreak. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • July 8, 2014   BY Rebecca Jacobson 

    Last week, the scientific journal Nature retracted two papers which claimed that skin cells could be turned into stem cells. Continue reading

  • science
    December 30, 2013  

    Concerns about energy, climate change and warmer oceans creating stronger storms moved front and center in 2013. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to review the year’s big developments and science headlines, including new ways to attack cancer, the latest in space exploration and the impact of funding cuts. Continue reading

  • soap
    December 16, 2013  

    Recent research suggests that chemicals in antibacterials soaps can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, prompting the FDA to propose new rules for manufacturers to prove their products are more effective than regular soap and water. Judy Woodruff talks to Elizabeth Weise of USA Today. Continue reading

  • October 18, 2013  

    Research based on a 1.8 million-year-old skull shows that human evolution may have followed a straighter line than scientists previously thought. The skull, unearthed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, is the most complete ever found of a human ancestor and marks the earliest evidence of human ancestors leaving Africa. Continue reading

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