Tag: research

  • 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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  • 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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  • Space Force questions, dinosaur tongues, AI conducting research: this week in science

    Here’s a look back at this week in science, with stories you don’t want to miss. “Eeee Eee Eeee” means “I’m Back” in dolphin-speak It is hard to overstate my excitement and sense of wonder as I snorkeled last week with a pod of wild spotted dolphins in the Bahamas. I was plying those waters…

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  • Searching for Methane, the Other Greenhouse Gas – with Robert Green of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Searching for Methane, the Other Greenhouse Gas – with Robert Green of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

     Methane is a much more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. It is more short lived than CO2 (about a decade as opposed to a century) but it is 85 times more effective at warming. Rob Green is a world renowned expert in spectroscopy, which is a great way to find methane on…

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