• March 13, 2013  

    In part one of a two-part series Miles O’Brien travels to Hinkley, Calif., the town featured in the movie Erin Brockovich, for its multi-million battle over contaminated groundwater. O’Brien reports on the investigation into the chemical Chromium-6, the agency that regulates it and industry’s influence on the process. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013  

    Researchers in the San Francisco Bay area believe genetic tests will help them find the best ways to treat and potentially prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, breast and prostate cancers. Spencer Michels reports on a giant data bank that houses genetic information on 200,000 people as part of a groundbreaking study. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2013  

    While winter storms have blasted parts of the Midwest and Northeast, a lack of steady and deep snow — less accumulation and faster melt — has had serious effects for the ski industry. Hari Sreenivasan reports on how winter sports businesses are navigating the season as part of the Coping with Climate Change series. Continue reading

  • January 31, 2013  

    Former Vice President Al Gore’s new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Climate Change," examines major shifts in science, technology, the global economy and democracy. Jeffrey Brown talks with the Nobel Prize winner about his vision of the future, as well as the recent sale of Gore’s television network Current to Al-Jazeera. Continue reading

  • December 31, 2012  

    Jobs can provide teenagers with an exciting glimpse of economic freedom, as well as a new set of responsibilities and money, often for the first time. But education experts say part-time and after-school jobs also play a pivotal role in keeping young people on the path toward high school graduation. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • October 4, 2012   BY  

    Scientists, artists, engineers and builders converged at New York City’s 2012 Maker Faire last week to celebrate a playful love of invention. The Maker Faire, a family-focused event, is rooted deeply in science, and holds as part of its key philosophy, a desire to inspire kids to create things as a way to embrace science. Continue reading

  • September 20, 2012   BY  

    Dickie Sanders was not naturally prone to depression. The 21-year-old BMX rider was known for being sweet spirited and warm — a hugger not a hand-shaker. The kind of guy who called on holidays. Who helped his father on the family farm. Who spent countless hours perfecting complicated tricks on his bike. Continue reading

  • July 12, 2012    

    From a gigantic rainbow serpent fashioned out of recycled jerry cans to a painting of girls dancing against a Milky Way backdrop, the exhibit “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” examines how African artists through time have looked to the sky, the … Continue reading

  • July 1, 2012    

    Miles O’Brien reports on a contest created by actor Alan Alda, which challenges scientists to flex their communication muscles by answering the seemingly simple question, “What is a flame?” Thousands of 11-year-olds serve as judges. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2012   BY  

    Remnants of the 2011 Japan tsunami have started to arrive on the western shores of North America, posing new challenges to beach clean up, like a 165-ton industrial pier that made its way to Agate Beach in Oregon. Continue reading