Topic: Earth and Space Science

Earth like planets

Current Event April 30, 2014

Earth-Like Planets

Life Science Earth and Space Science Space Systems

Is there a possibility for humans to live on another Earth-like planet? Scientists claim that there are potential candidates out there, and for the first time can estimate how many. Listen to this story to learn more about other planets that could sustain life.

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Atomic clock precision

Current Event April 29, 2014

Atomic Clock Precision

Earth and Space Science Matter

A few seconds lost over millions of years seem irrelevant, but atomic clock scientists say that better clock precision will help us study and feel the heartbeat of the universe.

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Coaltrain

Science Middle School

Clearing Carbon From Our Air

Earth and Space Science Environment Climate Change Human Impacts Atmosphere

Carbon exists in all living things, including proteins, DNA, and fats. When living things exhale, the result is carbon dioxide. As our world develops, we produce more carbon dioxide with the burning of fossil fuels and the use of cars, trains, and planes. This gas is causing an imbalance in the atmosphere which affects the warming of the planet. Listen to hear how much carbon dioxide humans are responsible for and the effects of global warming.

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Cracked dam impacts farming

Current Event April 22, 2014

Cracked Dam Impacts Farming

Economics Earth and Space Science Geology

A cracked dam in Washington endangers farming near the area with lower water levels and the looming threat of a summer heat. Lowered water levels have caused a temporary increase in tourism in spots but also revealed old graves.

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Hubble telescope celebrates 24 years in space

Current Event April 3, 2014

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 24 Years in Space

Earth and Space Science Engineering Space Systems

The Hubble Telescope has been transmitting data from space for 24 years. It has endured several changes in U.S. Presidents and it will continue to stay in space until at least 2020. What have we learned from the Hubble Telescope over the last two decades?

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Salmon migration affeted by drought

Current Event April 1, 2014

Salmon Migration Affected by Drought

Life Science Earth and Space Science Environment

The severe drought in California has affected the usual salmon migration. Typically the fish swim 270 miles from fresh water in Northern California to the Pacific Ocean. But because of low water levels, California hatcheries are ensuring their migration by transporting them in climate-controlled trucks to the ocean.

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Predicting landslides

Current Event March 28, 2014

Predicting Landslides

Earth and Space Science Environment Geology

In Washington state the clean up effort is still underway after a large mud slide killed at least two dozen people. Landslides are hard to predict. Scientists can determine which hills are most vulnerable, but getting the information to people that could use is it difficult.

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Exxon valdez  25 years later

Current Event March 26, 2014

Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later

Earth and Space Science Environment

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 caused extreme environmental damage as well as long-lasting impact on the Alaskan farmer community. What are the lessons learned from the spill?

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Drought increases coffee bean prices

Current Event March 24, 2014

Drought Increases Coffee Bean Prices

Economics Earth and Space Science Environment Climate Change Weather and Climate

The drought didn't just close down ski resorts and impact agriculture— it also increased coffee bean prices due to a bean condition called "coffee disease rust." The widespread impact might even have customers at the local coffee chop feeling the price change.

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Making stars on earth

Current Event March 11, 2014

Making Stars on Earth

Earth and Space Science Engineering Space Systems

Scientists usually study stars from afar, through a telescope. One scientist discovered a way to study stars up close, and on Earth — through a machine that acts like a powerful energy generator or star, called the Z Machine.

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Carbon emission price

Current Event March 6, 2014

Carbon Emission Price

Earth and Space Science Climate Change Geography

Is it fair to charge countries per carbon emission? Some leading researchers think so. They also believe that this could motivate countries to be more prepared for climate change and energy reductions.

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Grand canyon's real age

Current Event February 27, 2014

Grand Canyon’s Real Age

Earth and Space Science Geology

The Grand Canyon was thought to be around 6 billion years old, but new evidence proves that maybe only some parts are—and some parts are even older. Listen to this story to understand the confusion over the canyon’s age.

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Sochi's man made snow

Current Event February 10, 2014

Sochi's Man-Made Snow

Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate Sports

The Sochi Olympics started with lots of snow—lots of man-made snow, guaranteed by machines. This time last year, Sochi was dry, but they have enough snow now to cover almost 920 football fields. Listen to this story to learn how the machine works.

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Drought cripples community

Current Event January 31, 2014

Drought Cripples Community

Earth and Space Science Climate Change Weather and Climate Agriculture

A third of the country's produce is grown in California, but more than half of the state is under severe drought conditions. The financial loss is huge since land cannot be planted and produce is not grown and sold. Listen to this story to learn who else a drought affects.

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Rare polar vortex creates sub freezing temperatures

Current Event January 7, 2014

Rare Polar Vortex Creates Sub-freezing Temperatures

Earth and Space Science Weather and Climate

A Polar Vortex will descend on the majority of the United States within the next two days. Temperatures will be unseasonably low with wind chills of below zero. Listen to this story to learn more about the science and rarity of these kinds of vortexes.

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Deadly typhoon ravages phillipines

Current Event November 20, 2013

Deadly Typhoon Ravages Philippines

Earth and Space Science Geography Weather and Climate

Over the weekend, thousands of people in the Philippines died as Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the area. It was one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded. Listen to this story to understand why this storm caused so much damage.

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