Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars

Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars

Posted by on Mar 3, 2021 in Science and Technology | No Comments

After travelling 470 million kilometers and spending nearly seven months in space, NASA’s Perseverance rover finally landed on Mars on February 18. This is the first NASA mission sent specifically to search for signs of past microbial life on the “Red Planet” since the 1970s. Here, btw takes a closer look at the specifics of […]

Finding Your Way(band)

Finding Your Way(band)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Science and Technology | No Comments

Running a marathon is extremely difficult, even under the best of circumstances. But runners with disabilities may face a whole host of additional challenges. Here, btw takes a look at the unique story of a runner named Simon Wheatcroft, and how new technology helped make it possible for him to run the New York City […]

Smartphones: The Future of Voting?

Smartphones: The Future of Voting?

Last week, btw took a closer look at the new use of smartphones in the Iowa caucus: for the first time ever, Iowans will be able to vote for their favorite candidate in the Democratic primary election from the comfort of their own homes, using an app on their phones. But Iowa isn’t the only […]

California Takes a Stand on Fracking

California Takes a Stand on Fracking

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Economics, Science and Technology | No Comments

You’ve heard of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing–the process by which oil and natural gas are removed from the earth by shooting a high-pressure water, sand, and chemical mixture into the rock deep inside the earth, pushing the oil and natural gas to the surface. It’s a highly controversial drilling technique with potentially serious environmental consequences. […]

To Recycle or Not to Recycle

To Recycle or Not to Recycle

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Science and Technology | No Comments

Recycling is great: it saves energy and helps prevent the Earth from becoming one giant landfill. Right? Unfortunately, it might not be that simple. Before you pat yourself on the back for remembering to recycle that plastic water bottle in your hand, there are a few facts about recycling that you might want to keep […]

New Plan(t) to Fight Climate Change?

New Plan(t) to Fight Climate Change?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Science and Technology, Top Stories | No Comments

The battle against climate change may feel overwhelming at times. But a company called Northwest Innovation Works LLC has come up with a plan that it thinks could help: building a new clean-energy plant in the Pacific Northwest. Here, btw takes a closer look at the proposal, the possible benefits, and some of the criticism […]

Super Bacteria?

Super Bacteria?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Science and Technology | No Comments

Over the past decade or so, hand sanitizers have become a growing trend. You’ve probably seen the little bottles clipped to purses and backpacks, or given out as freebies at fairs and other events. They’re also very common in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Often, the dispensers are installed in every room so that health care […]

Wave Power

Wave Power

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Science and Technology | No Comments

You’ve heard of solar power and wind-generated power. But what about power that comes from ocean waves? That’s right: the U.S. government is spending up to $40 million to build a new wave energy test facility six miles off the coast of Newport, Oregon. But wave-generated power may be more complicated than it initially seems. […]

Goodbye Cassini

Goodbye Cassini

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Science and Technology | No Comments

After 20 years in space, and 13 years orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft’s mission ended dramatically last Friday. Here, btw takes a look at why the spacecraft was important, some of its key discoveries, and why it’s so hard to say goodbye. A Spacecraft is Born Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997. Named for […]

Eclipse Mania Strikes the U.S.!

Eclipse Mania Strikes the U.S.!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Science and Technology | No Comments

In case you haven’t heard, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. How much of it you will see depends on where you live. Already, millions of Americans are making plans to travel to parts of the country where they will get a better view of this incredibly rare […]