Donald McNeil New York Times The Search for a Cancer Vaccine on: New York Times Science Reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. explores the unusual research used to find a blood test for human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.
Chelsey Juarez UC Santa Cruz Forensic Identification on: KQED-Quest QUEST visits the lab of Chelsey Juarez, a UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate in forensic anthropology, who has developed a novel technique using chemical isotopes to help identify the remains of migrants who die crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Use this educator guide to incorporate this story into your chemistry class and find resources for additional lessons on forensic science.
Charles Mayo Center for Coastal Studies The Whales of Stellwagen Through Compound Eyes on: WBGH Dr. Mayo describes the interrelationship of human endeavors and the life patterns of whales within the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Richard Dawkins Oxford University The universe is queerer than we can suppose on: TedTalks Biologist Richard Dawkins makes a case for 'thinking the improbable' by looking at how our human frame of reference -- the things we can perceive with our five senses, and understand with our eight-pound brain -- limits our understanding of the universe. Think of it: We can't see atoms, we can't see infrared light, we can't hear ultrasonic frequencies, but we know without a doubt that they exist. What else is out there that we can't yet perceive -- what dimensions of space, what aspects of time, what forms of life? Dawkins calls the human-size frame of reference 'Middle World': between the microcosmos of atoms and the macrocosmos of the universe. Middle World thinking limits our ability to see the universe in terms of the improbable, whereas 'in the vastness of astronomical space and geological time, that which seems impossible in Middle World might turn out to be inevitable.'
Andy Revkin New York Times Making a Case for Nuclear Power on: New York Times Science reporter Andrew C. Revkin sits down with environmental scientist and author James Lovelock to discuss the benefits of nuclear power.
Impact of the Secure Border Initiative on: Discovery Channel As construction along the border with Mexico begins under the Secure Border Initiative, Jorge Ribas looks at how new technologies could work better than the barriers in place...