science and technology

  • January 1, 2013   BY Barbara Fraser and Barbara Fraser  

    A river rises in the Andes and flows east to the Amazon, Ucayali River in Peru. Photo by Bates Littlehales/National Geographic/Getty Images TARAPOTO, Peru — For tropical ecologist Gregory Asner, flying over the Peruvian Amazon from the town of Tarapoto … Continue reading

  • November 30, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    A type of sea slug, called a Spanish Shawl, or Flabellina iodinea. Photo by Kent Treptow. Welcome to Lunch in the Lab, a virtual platter of science news, delivered fresh by the NewsHour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Consider this … Continue reading

  • November 28, 2012   BY Jenny Marder and Jeremy Blackman  

    A picture and model of Albert Einstein’s brain was on display during a preview of a March 2012 exhibition in London called “Brains: mind of matter.” Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images. Five years ago, while reviewing a paper that contained … Continue reading

  • November 26, 2012   BY Jenny Marder and Rebecca Jacobson  

    The opening ceremony of the United Nations climate conference in Doha was held on Monday, launching the talks. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images. World leaders, climate scientists and activists are converging in oil-rich Qatar this week for the United Nations … Continue reading

  • November 21, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    Artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech. Update: 1:30 p.m. ET | Science watchers are buzzing that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found something on Mars. But hell if anyone knows what it is. NPR’s Joe … Continue reading

  • November 19, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson and Saskia de Melker  

    A resident walks the debris filled beaches of Staten Island/ NewsHour photo by Brian Dentz NEW YORK — Life on the shore is precarious for New Yorkers in the seaside neighborhoods of Breezy Point, Staten Island and Coney Island. “We’re … Continue reading

  • November 19, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    A major new report by the World Bank predicts devastating malnutrition from depleted crop yields and rising seawater causing damaging floods with the poorest nations at the most risk if temperatures warm by 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) from … Continue reading

  • September 17, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Mei Xiang, the 14-year-old giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, gave birth to her second cub on Sept 16. The cub does not yet have a name and will not be on display for the public for about six … Continue reading

  • September 12, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during today’s Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. The newest iteration of the iPhone will be thinner, lighter, … Continue reading

  • August 5, 2012   BY Travis Daub and Jenny Marder  

    After a 354 million-mile journey, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and its rover Curiosity succeeded in a risky, sophisticated landing on the surface of Mars, and began beaming back photos of its own shadow against the soil of its landing site, … Continue reading

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