SCIENCE THURSDAY

  • January 10, 2013   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Here’s a little-known winter fact: Ski moguls, those tricky-to-navigate bumps on well-traveled ski runs, migrate slowly uphill. Moguls are formed by skiers on virtually all ski trails that are not mechanically flattened with grooming equipment. They organize spontaneously as skiers … Continue reading

  • November 29, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson and Jenny Marder  

    After five years spent documenting the behavior of glaciers, photographer James Balog has concluded that the term “glacial pace” is an oxymoron. Once, his teammates saw a chunk of ice roughly the size of southern Manhattan — from 34th Street … Continue reading

  • November 8, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains the unique challenges of tracking Hurricane Sandy. Update: 6:15 p.m. ET | As Superstorm Sandy barreled its way west from the Caribbean to the Mid-Atlantic states … Continue reading

  • November 1, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    State officials in Maine are blaming a sharp rise in the number of children entering state custody on bath salts, a dangerous class of synthetic drugs. An additional 200 children entered the state’s foster care system due to neglect in … Continue reading

  • October 25, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Photo by Susan Smith via Flickr. Humans may have developed our long life spans as a result of nature’s first babysitters: grandmothers. A new study published in the Proceedings of Royal Society B on Wednesday uses a mathematical model to … Continue reading

  • October 11, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Toward the end of “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Peter Parker saves a small child trapped in a car as the car is tossed from New York City’s Williamsburg Bridge by the movie’s villain, the Lizard. He does this by shooting a … Continue reading

  • September 13, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson 

    This polar map shows hurricane patterns since 1851. Image by John Nelson/IDVsolutions The image above uses NASA and NOAA data to show the location and intensity of every hurricane and tropical storm recorded since 1851. The dark blue patterns indicate … Continue reading

  • August 2, 2012   BY Miles O'Brien  

    The prospect that Mars was once a cushy berth for life has waxed and waned as our abilities to study the planet have evolved. In the 1870′s an Italian astronomer with the great, lyrical name of Giovanni Schiaparelli first spotted … Continue reading

  • July 25, 2012   BY Jenny Marder and Katie Kleinman  

    In a four-day period this July, the Greenland ice sheet melted at a faster rate than satellite data has ever recorded and at higher elevations than we’ve seen in our lifetimes. So what caused this extraordinary melt? Since May, a … Continue reading

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

    On Thursday’s NewsHour, NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan moderated a panel discussion on how Native American tribes are coping with climate change. The panel included four native leaders representing their communities at the First Stewards symposium: Jeff Mears – Oneida tribe, … Continue reading

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