• August 11, 2016  

    Pandemics like Zika and Ebola can originate in one continent and quickly spread to another. To stop outbreaks before they start, scientists are trying to identify regions conducive to the development of new disease. One target is southern China, where factors such as daily wildlife trade and sewage-filled rivers have repeatedly led to the rise of new viruses. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • July 3, 2016  

    Big data, which is usually used by organizations to find order within an expanding digital world, is coming to city planning. As part of our Urban Ideas series, the NewsHour’s Christopher Booker takes us under the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts to learn about a new public health effort: mining data about infectious diseases from sewer waste. Continue reading

  • January 7, 2015  

    Human waste is being turned into drinkable water at a treatment plant in Washington state, with funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, we see how the pioneering idea could be a lifechanger for developing countries struggling with both sewage and clean water access. Continue reading

  • January 3, 2013    

    Science correspondent Miles O’Brien plunged into a muck of that which rhymes with "it" to investigate our ailing sewage system. Here’s his story of what happened underground. Don’t miss his full report on tonight’s NewsHour. Continue reading