• 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

  • May 10, 2012  

    Medical experiments on chimpanzees can be invasive, involving injections, blood samples and liver biopsies. But some say it’s the only way to advance medicine. Miles O’Brien’s report explores whether there are ever instances in which the scientific value of research should offset the moral cost of working with chimps. Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012  

    With the space shuttle era now over and U.S. space flight on the verge of going private for the near future, the company behind the so-called SpaceX project has ambitious plans to make space flight cheaper for cargo and for humans, with a bold idea to send millions of people to Mars. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading

  • May 2, 2012  

    For the first time, new national educational standards for grades K-12 will link global warming trends to manmade emissions. Part of our Coping With Climate Change series, Hari Sreenivasan looks at the challenges teachers face when covering the topic of climate science in their classrooms. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2012  

    Dr. Mark Carlson of Nebraska Surgical Research is developing a liquid bandage to stop bleeding quickly and potentially save lives in battlefield situations while also aiding future regenerative possibilities. This report was a collaboration with NET Nebraska and KQED San Francisco’s Quest science program. Continue reading

  • April 26, 2012  

    “If you completely shut out the entire feminine perspective on the world,” says Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College, “you’re going to have a different set of products.” Judy Woodruff and Klawe discuss why more women aren’t pursuing careers in hard sciences, and Klawe’s plans to bridge the gaps in engineering and computer science. Continue reading