Using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, astronomers were able to capture the formation of a new planet, and scientists are observing it happen more clearly than ever before. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Combat medics have one mission: keep the wounded alive until they can be safely treated elsewhere. But while survival rates have improved dramatically in the last few decades, one of the biggest challenges that medics still face is uncontrolled bleeding. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on a new invention that stops bleeding much faster than traditional gauze. Continue reading
It turns out that a human genome — the complete set of genetic material encoded as DNA sequences — is 100 gigabytes.
Treating someone with Ebola involves a painstaking process of suiting up and peeling off protective gear, or in hospital speak, “donning and doffing.” Last month, after two Dallas nurses became infected after caring for an Ebola patient, the CDC revised its guidelines. Suiting up properly is key to protecting against the fluids that transmit Ebola. Correctly taking off a suit that could be hot with the virus is critical. Continue reading
Fabiola Gianotti has been selected to lead CERN, the international physics research center which discovered the Higgs boson or the “God particle”. She is the first woman to direct the organization. Continue reading
Using the strongest language yet, the United Nations climate report addresses the causes and impacts of climate change Continue reading
A pair of accidents in the last week — one of them deadly — has raised questions about the cost, safety and oversight of commercial space flight. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on the federal investigation into the Atlantic Galactic test flight crash that killed one person. Continue reading
A co-pilot on an Virgin Galactic test flight died in a crash days after a commercial rocket, bound for the International Space Station, exploded. Are government-sponsored space programs safer? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how the disasters will affect the development of space tourism and whether the industry could eventually offer any scientific advancements. Continue reading
Scientists have discovered a new, low-stress way to study penguins:send undercover rovers dressed as their babies.
In a scene from Uma Nagendra’s winning “Dance Your Ph.D.” performance, dancers in brown leotards slither on the floor, reaching for trapeze artists in green leggings dangling above them. The brown dancers are dangerous soil-dwelling fungi, trying to infect the green “seedlings” swinging around the tree. Then, a tornado whips the dancers around, scattering them. Continue reading