Science

Use and Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

April 21, 2011

Americans are abusing prescription painkillers in record numbers. Understanding the scope of the epidemic and new efforts to control the use of addictive pain medication.

PBS NewsHour "Autism Now" Series

PBS NewsHour "Autism Now" Series

April 20, 2011

Raising awareness about autism: Former PBS NewHour anchor Robert MacNeil reports on how the complex and puzzling disorder affects families, schools and communities.

Environmental Outlook: "Born to be Wild"

Environmental Outlook: "Born to be Wild"

April 5, 2011

The Environmental Outlook Series: The work of two women who raise orphaned elephants and orangutans – then return them to the wild. Saving endangered species one animal at a time.

Nuclear Contamination in Japan

March 29, 2011

High levels of radioactivity in water in and around one of Japan's damaged reactors complicate ongoing clean-up efforts. Diane and a panel of experts provide an update on the nuclear contamination crisis and implications for the industry worldwide.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis and Its Impact on the Nuclear Industry

March 17, 2011

Japan's crisis prompts new questions about the safety of nuclear power. An update on efforts to contain the risks in Japan and how the disaster could affect the nuclear power industry worldwide.

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"

March 16, 2011

Diane and her guest will discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

March 3, 2011

What the world's fiercest robotics competition means for America's future. Best-selling author, Neal Bascomb, follows the story of a team of high school seniors and their mentors as they race to built a robot. How their success may herald a new kind of cool that rewards brains over brawn.

Environmental Outlook: Light Bulbs

March 1, 2011

The Clean Energy Act of 2007 requires general all-purpose bulbs to be about 25% more efficient than they are today. The myths and facts about what this will mean for consumers and the environment.

Vaccines and Autism: A Story of Medicine, Science and Fear

February 2, 2011

The deadly consequences of fraudulent vaccine research: How a now-discredited study on a possible link between a childhood vaccine and autism became widely known and continues to incite debate and fear.

Serious Psychiatric Disorders Among Young Adults

January 11, 2011

President Obama is traveling to Tucson tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shooting. As more details about the deadly rampage come out, investigators are looking at the mental state of the twenty-two year...

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