Arts, Culture & Media

Björk's Biophilia

Bjork's new album, isn't one. For each track on Biophilia, there's an interactive iPad app that teaches musical principles and delves into aspects of the scientific world. Every song comes with a musical score and lyrics so that anyone can play along.



Climate disruption and sea level rise

Thanks to a new study from the Potsdam Institute in Germany, it's possible to measure how global warming will raise sea levels. The report predicted for every degree Celsius of global warming, sea levels are expected to rise seven feet.

Greenland Melt Music

Greenland's 2012 summer melt was largest on record. Tired of trying to convey the science with graphs and statistics, ice specialist Marco Tedesco found a musician who could turn his data into music.


Will climate change kill the winter Olympics?

If climate change goes as predicted, it is going to get harder and harder to find cities with the weather and infrastructure to successfully host the winter Olympics. And as winter retreats around the world, will people still even care about the winter games?

Global Scan

Greenland's snow is getting darker, and that's bad for you and me

Greenland is home to a huge chunk of the Earth's frozen water. And every winter that ice is covered with snow, usually white snow that reflects sunlight back into space. But new information suggests that pollution and a warming climate are making that snow much darker — and consequently making it melt much faster. That story and more in today's Global Scan.

Global Scan

Scientists come a step closer to making Star Trek's tractor beam a reality

Science fiction has long envisioned "tractor" beams that could grab and move physical objects using a laser or other stream of energy. Now scientists have created one, at least on a small scale. And we have some advice if you use heat in the winter. Most Brits, and many of us, apparently don't know how to use our thermostats. Also, Chinese officials go on a worldwide corruption hunt, in today's Global Scan.