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Listen to PBS NewsHour science reporting published every Wednesday by 9 p.m. Featuring reports from Miles O'Brien, Nsikan Akpan and the rest of our science crew, we take on topics ranging from the future of 3-D printing to power of placebo drugs. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full shows, individual segments, Shields and Brooks, Brief but Spectacular, Politics Monday and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

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Listen to PBS NewsHour science reporting published every Wednesday by 9 p.m. Featuring reports from Miles O'Brien, Nsikan Akpan and the rest of our science crew, we take on topics ranging from the future of 3-D printing to power of placebo drugs. Is this not what you're looking for? Don't miss our other podcasts for our full shows, individual segments, Shields and Brooks, Brief but Spectacular, Politics Monday and more. Find them in iTunes or in your favorite podcasting app. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    This hurricane season is expected to be busy. How COVID-19 is changing preparation

    This hurricane season is expected to be busy. How COVID-19 is changing preparation

    Weather forecasters say the current tropical storm season is likely to be more active than normal, with as many as six major hurricanes. But planning for these disasters is more complex this year. The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder to stock up on emergency supplies and will almost certainly complicate evacuation efforts. John Yang reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 6 min
    Experts focus on 'superspreaders' to study virus transmission

    Experts focus on 'superspreaders' to study virus transmission

    As businesses reopen and cases across several states in the U.S. and across the world surge, experts worry that "superspreaders," a small percentage of infected people are transmitting the virus to a much larger percent, could be fueling the pandemic. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Ben Lopman, an epidemiology professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, about the transmission data he and his team are studying. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 5 min
    How doctors are innovating to treat COVID-19

    How doctors are innovating to treat COVID-19

    One of the reasons COVID-19 presents such a significant global medical challenge is that there are few effective therapies for it so far. As cases fill hospital beds across many parts of the country, doctors and scientists are coming up with inventive ways to treat the disease, if not to cure it. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 8 min
    Samoa searching for plant-based alternatives to single-use plastics

    Samoa searching for plant-based alternatives to single-use plastics

    Like many other places around the world, the South Pacific island-nation of Samoa has begun phasing out single-use plastic products, and styrofoam will be next. Businesses and research organizations there are finding creative uses of local resources to fill in the void. Mike Taibbi reports as part of our "Samoan Islands: Shifting Tides" series with Pacific Islanders in Communications support. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 7 min
    Why a 'feverish' Arctic will affect everyone on the globe

    Why a 'feverish' Arctic will affect everyone on the globe

    A historic heat wave is occurring in the Arctic, already the fastest-warming place on Earth due to the increasing accumulation of greenhouse gases. Dr. Merritt Turetsky, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder, has studied the Arctic for decades. She joins William Brangham to discuss causes and consequences of the Arctic's rising temperatures. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 6 min
    Meet people volunteering to be exposed to COVID-19 for vaccine research

    Meet people volunteering to be exposed to COVID-19 for vaccine research

    As the world anxiously awaits development of a vaccine for COVID-19, new and controversial research measures are being considered for the first time. These include the possibility of deliberately exposing volunteers to the disease to see if they are infected. Amna Nawaz reports on a growing group of people eager to be subjects in tests that might help to heal the world -- but harm themselves. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

    • 7 min

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