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Stephen Petranek

Stephen Petranek’s career of over 40 years in the publishing world is marked by numerous prizes and awards for excellent writing on science, nature, technology, politics, economics and more. He has been editor-in-chief of the Miami Herald’s prestigious Sunday magazine, Tropic, and has covered a wide range of topics for Time Inc.’s Life magazine. His presentation 10 Ways the World Could End is one of the most original and most watched TED talks of all time.


Movin’ on up in the Galaxy

It’s beginning to look like our local neighborhood has extraordinary opportunities. A new study used data from the Hubble telescope to estimate that there are hundreds of millions of habitable Earth-like planets within our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Stephen Petranek has more on why we may need to go planet shopping in the not-so-distant future.

Hey Volvo, What About Us?

Volvo is working on specialized technology that can take control of an auto to avoid collisions with Kangaroos in Australia. But collisions with deer in the United States are ever increasing. So Volvo, what about us? Stephen Petranek has more.

America’s First Nuke in 19 Years

The nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, Japan nearly four years ago set off a tidal wave of plant closings around Europe. But it wasn’t enough to quash plans for new nukes in the United States. Stephen Petranek has more on the newest power plant opening in the Tennessee Valley, and the precautions engineers are taking to prevent a nuclear disaster on the home front.