Please Explain: The Year in Science 2012

Friday, January 11, 2013

Corey S. Powell, Editor at Large of Discover magazine, talks about the biggest stories in science last year—including the new Mars rover; the discovery of the Higgs boson; the Human Microbiome Project; climate change, storms, and melting polar ice; private space flight; self-driving cars; the comeback of measles, mumps, and whooping cough; and more!

We've covered a number of the stories listed in Discover's top science stories of 2012:

Please Explain: Fungal Meningitis and Compounding Pharmacies

Please Explain: Prosthetics (including mind-controlled prosthetics)

Please Explain: The Higgs Boson

Physicist Lisa Randall on the Higgs boson discovery

Please Explain: The Human Microbiome Project

Arsenic in Rice



Corey S. Powell

Comments [11]

Josh from Brooklyn

Just for the sake of conjecture..
If we do find some form of microbial life on Mars,
what are the chances that life could be an extension of the life on Earth?
We have found meteors on Earth from Mars, could there have been meteors from earth carrying "seeds" of life from say the K/T event.. or much a much earlier major asteroid collision?

Jan. 11 2013 12:38 PM
lucy from brooklyn

I read recently that there are 700 different bacteria in human breastmilk with some variation in that number depending on certain circumstances.

Could we be feeding colostrum to people with bacterial deficets to colonize the growth of new bacteria in those guts?

Jan. 11 2013 12:34 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If so many of the microbes we carry are beneficial, are we killing some of the good ones off along w/the bad ones when we use hand sanitizers? Or doesn't it matter as much for the ones on our skin, maybe because we keep picking up new ones from our environment?

Jan. 11 2013 12:30 PM
Jim from Manhattan

I guess those diner mints were good, after all.

Jan. 11 2013 12:29 PM
Charles from Brooklyn

Maybe Mr Borowitz could ease up on the sarcasm. This is interesting stuff that Corey Powell is talking about. Andy should try to get deeper with him and offer more than flip comments.

Jan. 11 2013 12:27 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Mr. Powell says the Higgs Boson lasts for a very short time and then breaks up. What does it break up into? What kind of particles make up The Particle?

Jan. 11 2013 12:26 PM

Mr. Borowitz, please interview your guest, don't perform for your audience. You're not auditionng for standup.

Jan. 11 2013 12:25 PM
Truth & Beauty

Douglas Einar: The Dutch are in for a big, unpleasant surprise!

Jan. 11 2013 12:24 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Ask Mr. Powell if he thinks 42 is the answer to the Great Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. :-)

Jan. 11 2013 12:21 PM
Douglas Einar from Brooklyn

A Dutch company called Mars One is planning to land humans on Mars by 2023 to film a reality show. No joke!

Jan. 11 2013 12:21 PM

The New York Times and NPR tell us they're the only ones capable of verifying their own work all the time. Witness the contempt the Times or NPR express for their critics (on the housing bubble, America's neverending wars, Obama's domestic spying, Wikileaks, etc.)

Jan. 11 2013 12:13 PM

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