Tag: research

  • How scientists are trying to predict wildfire movement

    It’s been six months since the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burned 19,000 structures in November 2018. But even at the peak of the inferno, some scientists moved toward it, in an attempt to understand more about the intensity and spread of the flames.…

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  • As planet warms, scientists explore ‘far out’ ways to reduce atmospheric CO2 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    As planet warms, scientists explore ‘far out’ ways to reduce atmospheric CO2

    The U.S. government estimates that the consequences of climate change are already costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars. But even if we stopped using fossil fuels immediately, the globe would continue to warm due to an existing buildup of carbon dioxide. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how some scientists are…

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  • The challenge of robots and artificial intelligence, a retrospective – with AI pioneer Marvin Minsky | Miles O'Brien Productions

    The challenge of robots and artificial intelligence, a retrospective – with AI pioneer Marvin Minsky

    Help us improve this podcast: take our short survey. Marvin Minsky is often regarded as the father of modern AI, but when Miles visited him in 2010, Minsky wasn’t a proud father. In fact, Minsky was disappointed with the lack of progress in the field and had reservations about its future. Unfortunately, Minsky is no…

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  • Successful Mars landing, OSIRIS-Rex arrives at asteroid, gene editing scandal: science roundup | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Successful Mars landing, OSIRIS-Rex arrives at asteroid, gene editing scandal: science roundup

    Here’s a look at the most interesting happenings in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. Landing on the Red Planet to study marsquakes Mars is hard. The odds of a safe landing on the surface are less than 50-50. But last Monday, the team at NASA/CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory once again made it…

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  • How and why we’re sampling asteroid Bennu – with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How and why we’re sampling asteroid Bennu – with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team

    Help us improve this podcast: take our short survey. How did our early solar system form? What are the origins of life? How likely are we to get hit by a dangerous asteroid? A daring NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx hopes to find the answers to these big questions at an asteroid named Bennu. This week,…

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  • How this spacecraft will sample an asteroid’s rocks, without even landing on it | Miles O'Brien Productions

    How this spacecraft will sample an asteroid’s rocks, without even landing on it

    More than two years after it launched, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx is approaching its target, an asteroid named Bennu. Scientists hope that rock samples from Bennu will provide insight into the likelihood of life on other planets, as well as the risk the asteroid poses to earth. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien explains the…

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