NEW YORK — Thousands of miles off America’s shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.
India has joined the U.S., the former Soviet Union and the European Union as one of the elite few to successfully send a spacecraft to Mars, on its first try and for only $75 million — a fraction of the cost of other space missions. But there have been debates over whether the money could be better spent in a country where millions live in poverty. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
India’s successful first mission to Mars is a major accomplishment for that nation, in both scientific and budgetary terms. To understand the historic feat, India’s space program and where it fits into the American exploration of Mars, science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Hari Sreenivasan. Continue reading
India’s low cost spacecraft mission to Mars entered the Red Planet’s orbit Wednesday, following a 414 million mile journey that lasted over 10 months. It was cast into orbit by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bangalore. The $74 … Continue reading
At the Penn Vet Working Dog Center in Philadelphia, Ffoster, a Labrador retriever, is hard at work. The dog sniffs furiously at an array of metal boxes containing blood samples mounted on a metal wheel, pauses by one of the samples, … Continue reading
At the U.N. Climate Summit, President Obama said the United States recognized its role in creating the growing threat of climate change, but that developed and developing nations would all have to do their part. Jeffrey Brown reports on the challenges of reaching a potential international agreement on display at the summit. Continue reading
While developed countries are the main contributors to the world’s climate change, poorer nations also bear the burden of making changes in energy use. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Mary Robinson, U.N. special envoy for Climate Change, to discuss global goals and what progress can be expected ahead of an international agreement scheduled for 2015. Continue reading
How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also attracting controversy. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading