Science

  • September 1, 2011  

    In “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” filmmaker Marshal Curry looks at radical environmentalists who were named a top domestic terrorist threat by the FBI. This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour. Continue reading

  • August 31, 2011  

    Texas is caught in the grip of a devastating heat wave that has created the worst year of drought in the state’s history. Gwen Ifill discusses the extreme conditions and their toll on crops, livestock and homes with NPR correspondent Wade Goodwyn. Continue reading

  • August 30, 2011    

    This laser projection system is a form of augmented reality. Different symbols can be projected to show workers what to do, such as trim the chicken before packaging. Photo by Georgia Tech Research Institute. In the Harry Potter world, characters … Continue reading

  • August 29, 2011    

    Demonstrators sit down in front of the White House while protesting against a proposed pipeline that would bring tar sands oil to the U.S. from Canada on August 22, 2011. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline … Continue reading

  • August 29, 2011    

    A team of scientists are drilling a mile and a half under the Earth and retrieving and studying rock samples that exist in fault zones in order to better understand the mechanics of earthquakes. By doing so, geologists Chris Marone … Continue reading

  • August 29, 2011  

    A proposed pipeline would carry oil from Canadian tar sands fields to Texas refineries, but the project has sparked high-profile protests. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s Robert Bryce and environmentalist Bill McKibben. Continue reading

  • August 26, 2011    

    Smokestacks belch out smoke at a factory; file photo In every election there are a few issues that shape the look and feel of the campaign, and even in the earliest stages of the 2012 race, one issue has emerged: … Continue reading

  • August 26, 2011    

    On Thursday’s NewsHour, we featured an excerpt of the film “Old People Driving” as part of our Economist Film Project series. The new documentary looks at the stories of two seniors, still driving as they approach their 100th birthdays, who … Continue reading

  • August 25, 2011    

    Researchers show how a distant black hole devours a star. Video credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab. A supermassive black hole has been found shredding and swallowing a sun-sized star that wandered too close, according to two papers published Thursday … Continue reading

  • August 25, 2011    

    Track the path of Hurricane Irene: See the storm surge probabilities on a map 4:30 p.m. ET | New York governor Andrew Cuomo has also declared a state of emergency, and local officials are considering the impact of possible heavy … Continue reading