Jenny Marder is a senior science writer for NASA and a freelance journalist. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and National Geographic. She was formerly digital managing editor for the PBS NewsHour.
Long walled off from world trade and modern technology, Cuba has developed a robust culture of DIY engineers who turn household items into useful inventions. Water pump motors propel bicycles, clothes dryers are repurposed into coconut shredders. Cuban artist Ernesto…
Watch the Orion spacecraft launch live here on the PBS NewsHour.
The giant spot on the face of the sun has scientists scratching their heads. By the time it rotated into our view, it was already 80,000 miles wide, big enough to fit all of Jupiter, big enough to lay 10…
For 59 minutes early Wednesday morning, the moon will turn an eerie shade of copper red when it passes through the Earth’s shadow in a total lunar eclipse. And if the skies are clear enough and you look at…
What’s with all these climate protests? This week’s protests were timed to today’s United Nation’s climate summit in New York. The street demonstration in Manhattan on Sunday was believed to be the single biggest climate protest -- ever. More than…
More grim news about climate change comes in two separate reports out this week -- one on the alarming surge of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, and another on the effects of climate change on North American bird populations.
A third confirmed case of Ebola was reported in Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 16, Reuters reported on Monday. This comes after a doctor in that city died last week after treating a man…
Earlier this month, after a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey, the Rosetta spacecraft entered orbit around the rubber-duck-shaped Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now it must land. This is no helicopter landing. Imagine grabbing a mosquito by the wings. Except the mosquito is in New…
Judging by lyrics alone, the lionshare of lullabies are not sweet and soothing; they are dark and creepy and macabre. So why are so many lullabies murder ballads? And as it relates to their primary function -- to lull the…
"As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted and high-profile subjects over the years, but Kurt Vonnegut—dear, funny, eccentric, lovable, tormented Kurt Vonnegut—will always be one of my favorites."…
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