Death Dive to Saturn

NOVA Death Dive to Saturn airs on WSKG TV on September 13, 2017 at  9pm

Almost everything we know about Saturn comes from Cassini, the NASA mission that launched in 1997. As the mission approaches its final days in 2017, the spacecraft will attempt one last set of daring maneuvers—diving between the innermost ring and the top of Saturn’s atmosphere. Join NASA engineers for the tense and triumphant moments as they find out if their gambit has paid off, and discover the wonders that Cassini has revealed over the years.

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PA Rally Tries To Prompt Action On Gerrymandering

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Advocates for overhauling the redistricting process packed the Capitol rotunda Tuesday hoping to persuade lawmakers to take their quest seriously. Pennsylvania's congressional districts are considered among the most unfair in the country.  Anti-gerrymandering group Fair Districts PA thinks lawmakers shouldn't have sole authority to draw the lines. Instead, they want an independent citizens' commission to get a say. There are only a couple ways to make that change. One is a lawsuit.

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Cuomo Signs Bill Adding Benefits For 9/11 Rescue Workers

ALBANY (WSKG) - Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  Cuomo was introduced by actor Robert De Niro at a luncheon at the Javits Center in Manhattan, just before the final leg of the motorcycle ride. De Niro said when he heard he would be speaking before members of a motorcycle gang, he expected the Hells Angels.  “You know, a group of aging dudes with rotting leather jackets and teeth,” De Niro quipped. “Not even close.”  De Niro’s speech was a light moment in the program, which honored the firefighters who responded when two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center’s twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

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PA House Back At Work On Budget, But The Way Forward Remains Murky

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After weeks of deserted Capitol hallways and quiet meetings between House members, the chamber is officially back in session--well over a month after the Senate passed a bipartisan revenue plan to balance the budget.  It's now the House's turn to make a move, but it remains unclear what that will be. House Majority Leader Dave Reed confirmed the chamber is taking up a controversial revenue proposal from an anti-tax bloc of the House GOP. It's designed to fill budget gaps by raiding special state funds. House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin said it will likely get a vote in the full House this week, but it's unclear if it will pass. House Speaker Mike Turzai is one of the chamber's most prominent, powerful opponents of new taxes.

How Antibiotics Beefed Up The Chicken Industry

Modern Chicken Farm. photo: shutterstock

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays 2-4pm. Before the 1940s, chicken was rarely seen on the dinner table. “Birds for eating were byproducts of egg production of ‘spent’ hens,” writes journalist Maryn McKenna in her book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats. McKenna traces how the use of antibiotics not only turned poultry into everyday meals, but how it has contributed to the current antibiotic resistance crisis.

Savoyards Ithaca Present ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes' musical 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

Photo credit: Savoyards Ithaca

Savoyards Ithaca Present 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Savoyards Ithaca venture out of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon to present Rupert Holmes' musical 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. Director Gabriella Carr talks about the challenge Charles Dickens left when he died before finish the murder mystery that is the basis for the musical. http://wskg.org/audio/drood.mp3

 

Photo credit: Savoyards Ithaca