Science

  • August 24, 2011    

    Earlier this month, we aired a report from our partners at GlobalPost about protesters in Syria — the mistreatment they endured and their tactics for getting around a restrictive regime. One method of recharging cell phone batteries described by one of the interviewees caught the eye of some bloggers as being too good to be true. Turns out, it was. Continue reading

  • August 23, 2011    

    Text updated 7:52 p.m. ET | Tuesday afternoon’s earthquake was a shared experience for millions of Americans along the East Coast, but how intense was it where you live? The U.S. Geological Survey has released a summary of the quake’s … Continue reading

  • August 23, 2011    

    The above map shows earthquake activity in the United States in the past week: These maps requires the Google Earth browser plugin. Download the plugin here. Updated at 6:32 pm ET: A 5.8-magnitude temblor shook much of the densely populated … Continue reading

  • August 23, 2011    

    Looking for signs of life after hurricane Ike hits Nederland, Tex. Photo by Getty Images. Atmospheric researchers tend to agree that tropical cyclones of unusual ferocity are coming this century, but the strange fact is that there is no consensus … Continue reading

  • August 22, 2011    

    NASA To Share Telescope Cost The threatened James Webb Space Telescope, which is “perilously overbudget”, may get a financial lifeline from other parts of NASA’s budget, Nature News reports. As of now, the telescope is funded through the agency’s science … Continue reading

  • August 19, 2011    

    James A. Shannon Building at the National Institutes of Health. Photo by National Institutes of Health Library. A new study by the National Institutes of Health found a disturbing gap between the number of grants awarded to white scientists and … Continue reading

  • August 19, 2011    

    What if wastewater could be turned into energy? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on scientists from Penn State University that are developing microbial fuel cells that could channel energy produced when bacteria breaks down waste into electricity. “The goal is … Continue reading

  • August 17, 2011    

    The bacterium Serratia marcescens infected this coral from Looe Key in the Florida Keys, revealing the dead, white limestone skeleton underneath. Photo by James W. Porter. A Florida biologist has linked a vicious coral-killing pathogen in the Caribbean and Florida … Continue reading

  • August 16, 2011    

    Photo by New World Laser Tag via Flickr Are there hidden messages in your emails? Yes, and in everything you write or say, according to James Pennebaker, chair of the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. … Continue reading

  • August 15, 2011    

    Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light A Jupiter-size gas giant planet so black that it is less reflective than “the blackest acrylic paint” has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. This National Geographic News story includes … Continue reading