• March 12, 2012  

    In Oregon’s Malheur National Forest, pine butterflies experience a population explosion for two to three years every three decades. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide series explores the snowstorm-like population surge that has stripped needles from 250,000 acres of trees. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012    

    Nuclear technician Carl Pillitteri was one of 38 Americans at the Fukushima nuclear power plant when an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s eastern coast and triggered a radiation leak at the reactor. It’s taken Pillitteri a full year to be … Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012    

    Although a year has passed since Japan’s tsunami sucked tons of wood, nets and other debris into the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track the rubble and urges others to do so to help focus cleanup efforts. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Sunday marks a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing a partial meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plants. In the first report in a series on Japan’s recovery, Miles O’Brien documents the country’s cleanup attempts as scientists decide whether residual radiation could be potentially harmful. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Carl Pillitteri was one of 38 Americans at the Fukushima plant when the earthquake hit. Describing the “demonic” sounds he heard and the pit of fear he felt inside the turbine building that day, Pillteri recently spoke with Alex Chadwick, the host of the new American Public Media series “BURN: An Energy Journal.” Continue reading

  • March 8, 2012    

    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

  • March 8, 2012  

    Researchers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley found young native fish thriving in ditches that fill with water during the winter months. The unrecognized habitat meant farmers had been inadvertently raising fish in their fields, in addition to their intended crops, for years. This report first appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2012    

    The Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, the world’s largest natural frozen skating rink, had to close before March 1 this year, making its skating season a short 28 days; Flickr photo courtesy National Capital Commission The Rideau Canal, which runs … Continue reading

  • March 6, 2012    

    The interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Map allows users to view the plants most likely to thrive in any U.S. region. Image by United States Department of Agriculture. Chihuahuan desert plants like autumn sage, hummingbird mints, and desert willow trees thrive … Continue reading

  • March 5, 2012  

    Hans Rosling, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, visualizes global health trends and population numbers — transforming dry poverty and development statistics into Internet sensations. In addition to his focus on the developing world and data visualization, the Swede happens to swallow swords. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading