Nature

21
Apr

Solar-Energized Molecules, Hospital Microbes, and Saturn’s Newest Moon: NOVA Next Week in Review

This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

Every single building on the planet has a unique and dynamic microbiome. Hospitals, too. NOVA Next correspondent Brooke Borel reports on the way architects are rethinking hospital design to minimize the spread of pathogens.

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The Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago

In other news from NOVA and around the web:

  • In the race to discover another Earth, scientists have just hit a major milestone. Kepler 186f isn’t too large, too hot, or too remote. In fact, it’s just about right.
  • Molecules called “photoswitches” can generate solar power—even in the dark.
  • You can drip water across graphene to create electricity.
  • A stretch of highway in the Netherlands now has glow-in-the-dark roads.
  • See Saturn’s newest moon being born.
  • Still enjoying “Cosmos” on the National Geographic Channel/FOX? Catch up on some important new information about the universe.
  • Enjoy this rare audio of Einstein explaining “Why I Am an American” on the day he passed his citizenship test.
  • Do you think you could pass a Harvard exam administered by cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker? Give this test a try.
  • In a post-Sandy world, we ought to start thinking like the Dutch. Go inside an 18th century Dutch windmill with our video.
  • The White House is being pressed to help rescue the monarch butterfly. Watch “Journey of the Butterflies” streaming online to learn more about their wondrous annual migration.
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday was Tuesday. Celebrate belatedly by watching “Mystery of a Masterpiece,” in which art expert investigate whether a portrait sold for about $20,000 in 1998 is actually a lost Leonardo worth millions. It’s free and streaming online.
  • Why does your pooch have a wrinkly face? And why is your St. Bernard so big? Watch our video.
  • Your average dog’s nose is tens of thousands of times as sensitive to odors as yours.

 

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