About 150 years ago, we settled on one technology for most of our streets: asphalt. But there’s a problem with asphalt — it’s not weather resistant. Harsh New York City winters leave roads battered, cracked and full of potholes every year. And the city pays hundreds of millions of dollars to repave those roads. Maggie Green asks engineers if there’s a better way to tackle this problem.
The measles outbreak that started last fall isn’t going away any time soon. As the number of cases continues to grow, city and state officials are trying anything to stop the spread. Maggie Green learns the history of how people tried to combat the measles in New York City, came close to getting rid of it and why it came back.
Here in New York, it’s hard to see stars in the sky, especially the stars that are really, really far away–the ones in distant galaxies. And someday, we may not be able to see them at all. That’s according to new research from the University of Michigan. Maggie Green explains.
New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.
We are having one of the worst flu seasons in decades. In New York City alone there’s been record-high hospitalizations and deaths. Doctors insists a flu shot will help even late in the season, but some people are questioning if it’s worth it. Meira Gebel has the story.
Silicon Valley may be growing, but its diversity isn’t. A new study from the Government Accountability Office shows only 33 percent of tech employees are people of color. But one Brooklyn high school robotics program has encouraged more students of color to join the world of gears and gadgets. Jennifer Nguyen reports.
Researchers at Columbia Medical Center made a new discovery into the workings of the Alzheimer’s–a disease that affects nearly 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65. Published in the journal Neuron, their research explains how a protein called Tau Alzheimer’s patients wander. Katherine Sullivan has more.
New research shows a rare genetic disorder may have more serious implications than previously thought. 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is usually associated with heart defects and learning disabilities, but a recent study supports previous findings that it’s closely connected to Parkinson’s disease. Suzie Xie spoke with one New York family affected by the disorder.
Counting last night’s debate in Brooklyn, there have been a total of 22 debates this campaign season. And there is one area that has hardly been talked about at all: science. To remedy that, a group of science enthusiasts are trying, for the third election in a row, to organize a science debate. As Åsa Secher reports, 50,000 people have signed their petition so far – among them are Nobel laureates as well as celebrities like Johnny Depp. So will this be the year it actually happens?
Cluster regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – CRISPR. It’s a mouthful, and a new scientific technique. In English, it’s like a new kind of scissor one that allows scientists to precisely correct mutations in a genome – like a cut and paste tool for DNA. Now, two big labs – one from Harvard and MIT and another from Berkeley – are fighting over the patent for the technology. But in the meantime, it’s already being used by the do-it-yourself community. And as Åsa Secher reports, that raises concerns about putting powerful scientific tools in the hands of lay people.
New Yorkers who experienced intense flooding during and after Hurricane Sandy have been seeing more flooding during ordinary weather events. According to new research published last week, sea levels are rising at a faster rate than ever before. While the city has taken steps to protect critical infrastructure, Nina Agrawal found out that it hasn’t done quite as much in residential areas.