A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer left the city of Toledo, Ohio, without drinking water for three days. Now environmentalists and farmers are working to prevent future blooms by evaluating fertilizer use in hopes of cutting excess runoff. Special correspondent Christy McDonald of Detroit Public Television reports on how drones may be a tool for maximizing crops and minimizing pollution. Continue reading
A study published in Psychological Science says it is possible to train children’s brains to resist craving junk food.
More grim news about climate change comes in two separate reports out this week — one on the alarming surge of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, and another on the effects of climate change on North American bird populations. Continue reading
Three astronauts will return to Earth on Sept. 10, following a six-month stay on the International Space Station, where they conducted experiments in hopes of improving weather forecasting and human medicine. The reentry will be broadcast on NASA Television. Continue reading
How can the great lakes recover from agricultural runoff and toxic algae blooms? Yesterday, the EPA announced it will distribute $12 million to educate farmers and improve water quality in the region. Detroit Public Television’s Christy McDonald speaks with scientists about their search for a solution to runoff-fueled toxins. Continue reading
A mushroom-shaped animal found deep in the ocean doesn’t fit anywhere on the tree of life. Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides are only a few millimeters wide, with a wide disc at one end and long stalk with a mouth on the other end. And no one knows how to classify this new critter.
One night in the summer of 2009, Jeremy Spittle emerged from a hot tub covered in hives that itched “four times more than poison ivy.” For months, his skin broke out like this every few days. The only thing that … Continue reading
A slew of intimate celebrity photos have surfaced this week after several celebrities’ personal online storage accounts were hacked. Though it is not clear who hacked the accounts or posted them, Apple said that the breach on its iCloud server was “very targeted.” Judy Woodruff talks to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike and Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica. Continue reading
John Matherly, founder of internet search engine Shodan, created a map that shows the location of internet-connected devices across the globe.