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  • Steve Squyres: On Exploring Mars – and other celestial objects. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Steve Squyres – On Exploring Mars, and Other Celestial Objects

    Steve Squyres is the principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Program, which gave us the plucky and productive rovers Spirit and Opportunity. With the latter on life support and the former no longer with us, I spoke with him about his amazing run on Mars and what he’s working on now. It’s all out-of-this-world…

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  • What’s on your citrus fruit? Trump’s EPA fights to keep controversial insecticide in use | Miles O'Brien Productions

    What’s on your citrus fruit? Trump’s EPA fights to keep controversial insecticide in use

    Citrus growers hope to fend off fruit-munching katydids, but one weapon is under scrutiny. Researchers found that children growing up near fields where the insecticide chlorpyrifos was deployed exhibited autism-like symptoms. A court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the insecticide’s use, but Trump’s EPA is fighting back. PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.…

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  • Will climate change turn Miami into a ‘future Atlantis’? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Will climate change turn Miami into a ‘future Atlantis’?

    Florida research professors studying climate change have serious warnings for the Magic City. They say that Miami’s buildings have come a long way in becoming more resistant to sustained, heavy winds. However, the city’s infrastructure may not be prepared to protect it from a huge hurricane storm surge. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.…

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  • How a warming world may have caused Hurricane Florence to stall | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How a warming world may have caused Hurricane Florence to stall

    What is causing weather systems like Harvey and Florence to slow down and produce historic rainfall and flooding? PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at the growing risk of hurricanes and the evidence that it’s tied to climate change. TRANSCRIPT Judy Woodruff: Next, Miles O’Brien looks at some of the science behind hurricanes and…

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  • Flying into hurricanes, scientists search for more certainty | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Flying into hurricanes, scientists search for more certainty

    How do meteorologists and scientists make predictions about the power and trajectory of a hurricane? Buckle up. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins a crew of scientists who fly right into the eye of Hurricane Florence. TRANSCRIPT Judy Woodruff: Naturally, we and most news organizations are spending a lot of time this week trying…

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  • The EPA isn't taking its own advice on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children | Miles O'Brien Productions

    The EPA isn’t taking its own advice on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children

    Chlorpyrifos is one of the world’s most widely-used agricultural pesticides. Studies have linked exposure to the chemical to neurological issues in children, yet the EPA has–so far–decided not to ban the use of chlorpyrifos. Miles explores the issue for the PBS NewsHour. TRANSCRIPT Judy Woodruff: It’s not well known to the general public yet that…

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  • The Murky World of Science Transparency – Hash it Out with NYU Professor George D. Thurston | Miles O'Brien Productions

    The Murky World of Science Transparency – Hash it Out with NYU Professor George D. Thurston

    There are calls in the EPA and in Congress for the use of more transparent science. But what does that mean? Why do scientists seem united against these regulations? And what would it mean if they went into effect? In this special Hash it Out episode, Brian and Fedor talk to vocal opponent of science…

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  • Liquid water found on Mars | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Life on Mars? Watery new discovery raises tantalizing possibilities

    A huge announcement this week from the European Space Agency: they have found liquid water on Mars. Originally aired on the PBS NewsHour. Previous detections of water on the Red Planet were have all been frozen–though both imaging and on the ground sampling have also shown that liquid water was present on Mars’ surface in…

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  • New Jupiter moons, CRISPR issues, “secret science” battle: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. CRISPR causes previously undetected DNA damage CRISPR-Cas9 may not be all that it is cracked up to be. A study published this week reports previously overlooked issues with using the versatile genetic editing tool taking biology by storm. Scientists…

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  • Snorkeling with Some Wild Dolphin Friends – or Another Day in the Office for Denise Herzing | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Snorkeling with Some Wild Dolphin Friends – or Another Day in the Office for Denise Herzing

    For more than three decades, behavioral biologist Denise Herzing has tracked and observed a pod of wild spotted dolphins that live in the warm clear waters of the Bahamas. She’s learned an awful lot about their behaviors and their communication–or is it a language? Denise has as good a chance as anyone to find out…

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