Science

  • December 20, 2012    

    A University of Maryland astrophysicist makes a discovery that could change the way we understand the behavior of black holes. Continue reading

  • December 19, 2012    

    Chimps socialize and snack at Chimp Haven. Image by Cameron Hickey. The NIH announced plans on Tuesday to move more than 100 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center into retirement at Chimp Haven, a 200-acre chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana. … Continue reading

  • December 18, 2012    

    Authorities are wrestling to understand what drove Adam Lanza to commit the unthinkable massacre of 20 children and their guardians. While details of his mental state are still unclear, many have said that Lanza may have suffered from a mental illness like schizophrenia or a disorder like Asperger’s. But here’s the problem: these diagnoses are total speculation.
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  • December 17, 2012    

    This artist’s concept shows one of the GRAIL satellites inserting itself into orbit. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech. The twin GRAIL robots, the washing-machine sized satellites that have been zipping around the moon for nearly a year, will end their lives magnificently … Continue reading

  • December 17, 2012    

    In the next installment of the “Food for 9 Billion” series airing Monday on American Public Media’s “Marketplace”, Jon Miller of Homelands Productions visits Baltimore to explore how food producers are dealing with climate change and greenhouse gasses. One of … Continue reading

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    Some Baltimore-based researchers and chefs are looking into how people’s diets can be more environmentally friendly. Continue reading

  • December 14, 2012    

    Israelis in a hot water spring on the shore of the Dead Sea near the Israeli Kibbutz of Ein Gedi watch the sky for Geminid meteor streaks above the Judean desert on December 14, 2012. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images. … Continue reading

  • December 13, 2012    

    To understand more about the link between addiction and genes, science correspondent Miles O’Brien drinks a mixture of 30 grams of pure ethanol and Diet Coke, the equivalent of three stiff drinks, and undergoes a series of tests. Continue reading

  • December 13, 2012  

    Scientists have not found one master alcoholism gene in DNA but rather several that may affect a person’s susceptibility. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes under the influence to examine the genetic science behind alcoholism and other addictions, and how the answers point to great challenges in curing substance abuse. Continue reading

  • December 12, 2012    

    This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA. There’s been buzz in the news this week about two asteroids nearly sideswiping us. Boston Globe referred … Continue reading