SCIENCE THURSDAY

  • June 28, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    In 1947, when film star Alan Alda was 11-years-old, he asked a teacher the seemingly innocuous question, “What is a flame?” The answer, “oxidation,” was thoroughly unsatisfying to young Alda. Fast forward to 2012. Out of that interaction has grown … Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    The thrill of gazing into a night sky packed with stars, constellations and a stretch of our Milky Way galaxy is primal and timeless — and it’s become increasingly rare. Skyglow from city lights can travel up to 200 miles, … Continue reading

  • May 31, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    On Friday, the NewsHour will report on how subsidence, rising seas and storms have battered coastal Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles, an island that has been home to Native tribes since the 1800s. As a preview to the report, Hari … Continue reading

  • May 24, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    At the close of World War II, in Princeton, N.J.’s Institute for Advanced Study, an extension of the Manhattan Project was busy building a bomb that would be a thousand times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and … Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Think you understand climate science better than the average American teen? On the PBS NewsHour this week we’ve been focusing on how climate change is taught in the classroom. But you can test your knowledge with this climate quiz:

  • April 26, 2012   BY Jenny Marder and Elizabeth Summers  

    Is it inherent gender differences, subtle discrimination, the overwhelming “maleness” of the hard science fields? Experts have struggled for years to understand what’s keeping more women from entering physics, engineering and computer science. Judy Woodruff recently posed the question to … Continue reading

  • April 19, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    Space tornadoes, stellar nurseries, primitive galaxies – these are just a few of the dazzling images captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope since its 2003 launch. This week, NASA posted a collection of image highlights online. View the images in … Continue reading

  • April 5, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    In a study released last week, computer scientist Selim Akl of Queens University demonstrated that slime mold is fantastically efficient at finding the quickest route to food. When he placed rolled oats over the country’s population centers and a slime … Continue reading

  • March 22, 2012   BY Jenny Marder  

    As global temperatures increase and weather patterns shift, the PBS NewsHour will explore how American communities are dealing with climate change. On our new Coping with Climate Change page, you’ll be able to find video reports, blog posts, slide shows … Continue reading

  • March 8, 2012   BY Rebecca Jacobson  

    For most portrait photographers, odds that their subjects will defecate in front of them, rip their backdrops or charge at the camera tend to be low. But that’s just a day’s work for Joel Sartore, a freelance photographer who often … Continue reading

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