• June 19, 2013  

    The life cycle of the cicada is unique in the insect world. They bring a chorus of deafening noise before spending 17 years underground. What’s all the buzz about? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the swarms of spectators and scientists who emerge in search of the noisy insects. Continue reading

  • May 6, 2013  

    Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on a public middle school in Portland, Maine that is taking a different approach to teaching students. Teachers have swapped traditional curriculum for an unusually comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving, with a little help from some robots. Continue reading

  • April 3, 2013  

    Major science organizations rely heavily on government funding, including top federal programs like the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and NASA. Jeffrey Brown talks to Matt Hourihan of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on how the sequester will impact researchers. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2013  

    In a New York City classroom, teachers use rap songs to teach complex science. Playlists are used as a metaphor to convey natural selection, and students compose raps songs to reinforce concepts. Ray Suarez reports on the effectiveness of this strategy and interviews hip-hop legend (and science geek) GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. Continue reading

  • 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 Jenny Marder 

    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