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Innovation Science


  • Warming ocean could kill 90% of Great Barrier Reef Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:22 PM ET
    A helicopter flies over the Great Barrier Reef near Heron Island, Australia.

    The effects of climate change could reduce the world's largest collection of coral reef, an area about the size of Japan, to a sliver of itself.

  • Scientists unboil an egg, and it may be a big deal Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:13 PM ET
    Cracked egg

    The ability to unfold a protein and return it to its original state could save money in everything from cancer research to food production.

  • Scottish scientists slow the speed of light Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:23 PM ET
    Light passing through prism

    A team of researchers in Scotland found that changing the shape of light can slow it down, meaning the speed of light is not as constant as thought.

  • 'Doomsday Clock' moves 2 minutes closer to midnight Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:05 PM ET
    Richard Somerville, right, research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, unveils an updated version of the Doomsday Clock during a press conference in Washington, Jan. 22, 2015.

    An association of top scientists has moved the hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock, over the threats of nuclear weapons and warming climates.

  • California not ready for quakes—and they're coming Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:35 PM ET
    A National Guard soldier stands on a street after an earthquake in Northridge, Calif., Jan. 18, 1994.

    The chief of California's state-run earthquake insurance agency says residents there have no financial protection if a big quake hits.

  • NASA finds lost British spacecraft on Mars Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 3:13 PM ET
    Images of the Beagle 2 lander from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite

    Scientists lost contact with the Beagle 2 before it was supposed to land on Mars on Christmas Day 2003. NASA images have just shown it.

  • Fixing the US STEM problem: Bill Nye Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” speaking at the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Gala 2014

    Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" weighs in on how to fix the US's problem of not being able to fill millions of STEM jobs.

  • 'Nanowire' clothing could cut your heating bills Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 6:51 PM ET
    A woman braces from the cold during the morning commute in New York City November 25, 2013 as temperatures dropped into the lower 30's(F).

    Scientists coated fabric with a nearly invisible substance that can supercharge winter clothing and cut down on household heating.

  • 23andMe partners with big pharma Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    23andMe partners with big pharma

    Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of genetic-testing startup 23andMe, discusses the new deals with Pfizer and Genentech.

  • Celgene CEO: Creating a great future Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Celgene CEO: Creating a great future

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell speaks to Robert Hugin, Celgene chairman & CEO, about the company's ambitious long-term guidance and broad-based drug pipeline.

  • 'Dirty' discovery in antibiotics Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    'Dirty' discovery in antibiotics

    Superbugs are one of the biggest public health crises facing the world right now. CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports nature is sparking hope for scientists.

  • FDA paves way for cheaper cancer drug copies Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 1:28 PM ET
    FDA paves way for cheaper cancer drug copies

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended approval of what would be the first generic biologic drug in the U.S.

  • Schizophrenia breakthrough? Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 2:47 PM ET
    Schizophrenia breakthrough?

    Shares of Alkermes are up nicely after positive data from its schizophrenia drug trial. Richard Pops, Alkermes CEO, provides insight to the enormous market for schizophrenia and depression.

  • Will biotech bull run continue? Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Will biotech bull run continue?

    Discussing the outlook on the pharmaceutical sector, including leaders like Gilead and Celgene, with Michael Yee, RBC Capital Markets biotech analyst.

  • Recreational pot store owner seeks expansion Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    Recreational pot store owner seeks expansion

    NBC's Harry Smith discusses just who is making the most money in the pot industry, and Starbuds owner Brian Ruden, discusses the cash issue with banks. CNBC's special "Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom" airs Monday night at 9PM eastern time.

  • The pot underground Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 10:53 AM ET
    The pot underground

    NBC's Harry Smith looks at the thriving marijuana black market in Colorado even after legalization there. The special airs Monday night at 9PM eastern time.

  • 'Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom' Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 7:34 AM ET
    'Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom'

    NBC's Harry Smith provides a preview of CNBC's documentary on the benefits and pitfalls from medicinal marijuana. The special airs Monday night at 9PM eastern time.

  • CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 1:42 AM ET
    A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, September 30, 2014.

    A lab technician at the CDC has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens.

  • Hepatitis C drug wars Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
    Hepatitis C drug wars

    The battle to limit the sky-high cost of treating hepatitis C is heating up after Express Scripts announced it will put its weight behind a drug made by AbbVie and it will no longer cover Gilead's Sovaldi.

  • $100 trillion Superbugs threat Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET
    $100 trillion Superbugs threat

    Insight to a potential $100 trillion problem by 2050, with Jim O'Neill, Fmr. Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman.