This year, our reporters and producers exposed themselves to freezing temperatures, flew a helicopter with brain waves and visited a bone collector's basement to bring you a diverse array of science stories. We launched Deep Look (a new PBS Digital Studios video series), won some top awards and created our Drought Watch page to chronicle water scarcity in the West.
When a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Napa Valley on August 24, scientists at UC Berkeley and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) saw their early warning system in action. ShakeAlert at UC Berkeley detected the quake five seconds before it struck. In December Congress set aside $5 million for the system; the USGS still needs $11 million to fully fund the project.