What compels a person to open fire upon innocent people? In a new documentary produced by NOVA, journalist Miles O'Brien investigates how far nueroscientists have come in determining what makes the brain of a violent adolescent different than that of a normal brain.
A whole model of planes is being grounded this month for safety reasons. After an incident in Boston and another involving the emergency landing of a plane in Japan, Boeing 787s around the world are now being held on the ground by regulators. Miles O’Brien is a broadcast news journalist specializing in aviation, space and technology.
For some Americans, dental care means a sturdy chair, a fluoride swish, and a free toothbrush. But for one in three Americans, it's a nightmare, including astronomical bills, crippling credit card debt, panicked visits to the emergency room, and life-threatening disease.
Seeing the transit of Venus is a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There was a transit in 2004 and another one will occur tonight. If you miss that, you'll have to wait (and live) until 2117 to see it again.
The United States, Russia, Japan, the European Union, and SpaceX: what do they all have in common? If all goes smoothly over the next few days, each entity will have successfully brought a vessel to the International Space Station. Yesterday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and its unmanned Dragon capsule lifted off en route to the International Space Station, marking the first ever flight for a commercial spacecraft bound for the space station. Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA astronaut and current president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and Miles O'Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, discuss the future of space travel.
The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year brought attention to the safety risks associated with atomic energy. Before Fukushima, nuclear energy was on the rise and many countries developed plans to build more power plants. But after the disaster, nuclear energy became a subject of international debate and countries like Japan and Germany started to shut down reactors. How should the United States deal with nuclear energy?
The last U.S. combat troops left Iraq early this morning. 50,000 non-combat forces will remain. What else will we leave behind, and what is the continuing legacy of the war? We're joined by Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jane Arraf. That and this morning's headlines.
The last U.S. combat troops in Iraq have left the country...now what? What is the legacy of the Iraq War, and what comes next? That and this morning's headlines.
Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says that the flotilla headed to Gaza was populated by "hired thugs." That and this morning's top headlines.
The latest incident in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians brings the difficulty of creating peace in the area into sharp relief. We ask Vanity Fair's Rich Cohen about more cargo ships approaching Israel's blockade of Gaza; that and this morning's headlines.
The Senate passed a $34.5 billion bill on Monday that will bring in GPS technology to replace radar. This is an attempt to help modernize our country’s dated air traffic control system. Science and aviation reporter Miles O’Brien explains the new system and why it's only happening now.
When you hear the word "genius," you might think of Einstein, Mozart, or Da Vinci. But how they became geniuses is the subject of debate. Where they born that way? Or does it come from sheer tenacity?
We begin a week-long conversation about genius and how any of us can get that way. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong," tells us about some surprising research about what it takes to, as he puts it, "get good at stuff." Turns out it's not as hard as you might think.
The votes are still being counted this morning after Iraq's national election yesterday, and results aren't expected until later this week. One of the key areas of voting in the country was the oil rich northern region of Kurdistan. Thanks to the area's oil reserves, the Kurds have exercised a significant amount of influence and power in Iraq's politics in recent years, often acting as a cohesive block. We're joined by Jim Muir, a BBC correspondent in Baghdad, who tells us more about the general election and the unique role Kurds are playing.
Chelsea King, a 17-year-old girl from San Diego, was raped and killed last month by John Gardner, a man with a history of sex crimes. Gardner was previously incarcerated for molesting a 13-year-old girl in 2000, but was let out of prison early in 2005. The case has sparked a heated national dialogue about the strength of laws intended to protect children from sex offenders. And the question of where sex offenders should live has come up in Florida, as offenders there struggle to adjust to society after prison sentences.
A lot of people set their children in front of the television to watch educational videos and programming — from "Sesame Street" to "Baby Einstein" — with the hope that these shows will help their children to learn. But a new study out last week in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, says these videos don’t actually make kids smarter, and may in fact impede their learning.
You’ll be hearing a lot about the winners of last night’s glamorous Oscars, but you may not hear about its millions of losers. A dispute between Cablevision and ABC left more than three million New York area cable subscribers unable to see last night’s awards ceremony.
Could you live without the internet for a whole week? No email. No Facebook. No TheTakeaway.org. If that thought fills you with horror then you'll feel for two families in South Korea—the “most wired” nation in the world, with the fastest broadband speeds and the highest percentage of its population online. As part of the BBC’s “Superpower” season, which is looking at how the Internet has changed the world, these two families were asked to cut themselves off from the Internet for a whole week.
In this week's agenda, Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent, look at what to expect this week. They'll look at the aftermath of Iraq's national elections, Vice President Biden's visit to the Middle East, and the latest news on financial reform.
Millions of Iraqis went to polling stations on Sunday to vote in the nation's parliamentary elections. Sporadic violence was responsible for the deaths of at least 38 people, but early reports indicate the election was largely viewed as a success by the international community. President Obama called the vote a "milestone" on Sunday, but analysts and observers wonder if the election will trigger sectarian violence as it did following Iraq's 2005 elections.