science and technology

  • April 16, 2013    

    Investigators study the scene on Boylston Street at the site of the second bomb explosion. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. A day after two blasts rocked the Boston Marathon finish line, investigators are scrambling to unearth … Continue reading

  • April 2, 2013    

    President Barack Obama describes a new brain mapping initiative today in a speech from the White House. President Barack Obama unveiled the BRAIN Initiative today, a new collaborative effort to map the human brain and better understand how it works. … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013    

    A representation of the innerworkings of the Atlas particle detector painted on one of the walls at the CERN campus in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images. New results from Geneva’s Large Hadron Collider “strongly indicate” that scientists have … Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013    

    Young fans prepare for the Pi Procession at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, holding handmade signs with a digit in pi’s numerical sequence. Photo courtesy the Exploratorium. March 14 is Pi Day, the official celebration of the mathematical constant pi, … Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013    

    On tonight’s PBS NewsHour, Correspondent Spencer Michels and I report on a massive, groundbreaking study underway at Kaiser Permanente and the University of California at San Francisco, which one day may shed light on the genetic roots of health conditions … Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013    

    Willie Mae Washington, 92, and her daughter Ida are among the 15,000 women in the Oakland area participating in a study on genetic links to diseases like cancer. Photo by Robert Durell. A giant data bank containing genetic information on … Continue reading

  • February 26, 2013    

    From 1990 to 1996, Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived in a tented camp on the edge of Idaho’s Sawtooth Wilderness, where they observed and studied the behavior and social hierarchy of a pack of gray wolves, known as the Sawtooth … Continue reading

  • February 15, 2013    

    Enjoying the bright Moon’s absence from early morning skies, observers around the world reported lovely displays during the Perseid meteor shower, which peaked Aug. 11 and 12, 2012. Photo by Katsuhiro Mouri & Shuji Kobayashi/NASA. Asteroids, comets – they’re all … Continue reading

  • February 15, 2013    

    Travelling at hypersonic speed, the meteor — seen above the city of Chelyabinsk, east of the Ural mountains — exploded and the resulting shock wave smashed windows and set off car alarms. Photo by A meteor streaking through the … Continue reading

  • February 8, 2013    

    The Mars “Curiosity” rover’s mission to the red planet has been hailed as a success, so why does NASA want to keep going back to the same place again and again? Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory explain. Adam Steltzner … Continue reading

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