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Science Nov 08Can Cuba preserve ecosystems while profiting from tourism?
As Cuba tries to open up its economy and lure western investment through tourism, environmentalists are working to prove that protection of the environment can also be a profitable pursuit. By developing the island's ecotourism, scientists hope to stimulate the…
Science Oct 25Why Cuba is home to a bounty of rare species
Replete with rare and endangered species, Cuba is a crown jewel of biodiversity in the Caribbean. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on the ways scientists and conservationists are working to survey and protect the island’s rich, and sometimes unique, wildlife…
Science Oct 18Witnessing the collision of two neutron stars is a ‘textbook changer.’ Here’s why
Astronomers witnessed for the first time ever a rare collision of two dense neutron stars. The discovery began with an instrument called LIGO, which won this year’s Nobel Prize for its discovery of gravitational waves once predicted by Albert Einstein.
Nation Oct 10Google ‘Top stories’ featured false news about rumored Antifa civil war
We reached out to Google to ask about the misinformation we found for the “Antifa civil war” search in “Top stories,” and they declined to comment. However, by the following day, searches for those same terms did not return any…
Nation Aug 30Fake news reports are hindering the emergency response to Harvey
Bad information shared on social media is causing unnecessary panic among the public and costing first responders valuable time, Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police told PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien.
Nation Aug 30How Texas police rescued a toddler clinging to her mother’s body in Harvey’s floodwaters
Beaumont Police spokesperson Officer Haley Morrow recounts the rescue, and explains how the flood tragedy is affecting first responders on a personal level.
Making Sen$e Aug 10Stopping Superbugs
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Science Jun 14After life in captivity, dolphins to undergo sea change
Chesapeake, a 24-year-old bottlenose dolphin at the Baltimore National Aquarium, has always lived indoors in a concrete tank. But she and the seven others in her pod are destined for a sea change. The aquarium plans to build a natural…
Science Mar 13The heroes of Fukushima Dai-ichi, but don’t call them that
He was a shift supervisor on duty on March 11, 2011 when the earthquake and nuclear meltdown occurred in Japan, and by all accounts performed heroically inside a pitch dark control room at a nuclear power plant that was melting…
Science Jun 12The real killer in the Ebola epidemic
Some disasters are more transparent than others. As we departed JFK airport on our way to Brussels and ultimately Freetown, Sierra Leone, we flew right over the Rockaways and Broad Channel, NY. Photojournalist Cameron Hickey was sitting right beside me.