Superpartner Particles, Meteorological Drones, and 900-Light-Year-Away Bling: NOVA Next Week in Review

This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

How tropical cyclones intensify remains a mystery, but unmapped aerial vehicles could fill critical gaps in the data. NOVA Next contributor Brooke Jarvis reports on the use of drones in meteorology.

Tropical Storm Frank from Global Hawk
A Global Hawk captured this high-altitude image of Tropical Storm Frank in 2010.

In other news from NOVA and around the web:

  • The U.S. has set up a honey bee task force.
  • Amelia Earhart is attempting to fly around the world. No, not *that* Amelia Earhart.
  • China’s plans for green buildings are… well, pink.
  • The Supreme Court largely upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But the agency’s current plan may not be enough to avoid more than 2˚C of warming.
  • Scientists recently discovered a 10 million billion billion billion carat diamond. The only problem is it’s 900 light-years away.
  • Four cameras, multiple hours, 360˚ of awesomeness.
  • Physicists plugged the Higgs boson into a model of cosmic inflation, and the universe disappeared. Fixing that error could involve finding a new particle.


Did you miss "Deadliest Earthquakes" this week? Watch it streaming online.


  • Our popular Elements app is now available for Windows 8.1. And it’s free!
  • Scientists have finally learned how monarchs migrate.
  • A bipartisan report released today says the economic cost of climate change will likely be huge. But it’s not too late to help solve the problem.
  • A Stanford professor has invented a $1 origami microscope. That’s right: a paper microscope.
  • Don’t let your kids slip ‘n’ slide this summer. Keep them learning and growing by incorporating science into their outdoor hobbies.
  • At, you can listen to live lightning strikes.
  • Body language can help you get your power back. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy uses a powerful story from her own life to explain how.
  • What do you do when your country has a massive tornado problem? Build some 1,000-foot walls, says one physicist.