December 31, 1997

Year End Fire Watch

“Be careful with fire!” is the call heard throughout Tokyo neighborhoods on the last two evenings of the year.

December 30, 1997

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES: Hatching

This month, leatherback turtle babies will be hatching along tropical shores. It’s hard to believe that these 4-inch long babies will grow to be over 6-feet long.

December 29, 1997

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES: Nesting

Where does a two-thousand pound reptile nest? Pretty much wherever it wants, as long as it’s a remote tropical beach.

December 26, 1997

CORAL REEFS: Osborne Lab

The Osborne Laboratories of Marine Sciences are working to stop the worldwide decline of coral.

December 25, 1997

LOS POSADAS

Los Posadas, celebrated in Mexico and in many Hispanic communities, commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.

December 24, 1997

CORAL REEFS: Importance/Endangered

Many coral reefs around the world are in a state of rapid decline, and this may have widespread consequences.

December 23, 1997

CORAL REEFS: Spawnin’ Time

The temperature of the ocean and the phase of the moon are just two factors that determine when coral will spawn.

December 22, 1997

CORAL REEFS: Compound Animals

There’s more to coral than meets the eye.

December 19, 1997

LAKE VICTORIA: Hope

Although things do look grim for East Africa’s Lake Victoria, there may be cause for cautious hope.

December 18, 1997

LAKE VICTORIA: Biodiversity

Lake Victoria was once home to an extremely diverse array of aquatic life. In recent times, this wealth has diminished to a fragile relationship between three species.

December 17, 1997

LAKE VICTORIA: Nile Perch

The voracious appetite of the Nile Perch, a species introduced into Lake Victoria, has all but extinguished the Lake’s underwater life.

December 16, 1997

LAKE VICTORIA: Erosion

For East Africa’s Lake Victoria, the rainy season brings nothing but trouble.

December 15, 1997

LAKE VICTORIA: Ecology

Over the past 100 years, the world’s largest tropical lake, Lake Victoria, has been almost destroyed by a combination of human factors.

December 12, 1997

BLACK HOLES: Falling In

Watch your step! Today we’ll hear what happens if you step in a black hole…

December 11, 1997

BLACK HOLES: Detecting

If a black hole is capable of preventing even light from escaping it, how do we know they are there at all?

December 10, 1997

BLACK HOLES: Basics

The dense cosmic objects known as black holes have some extraordinary properties.

December 9, 1997

ELK: Wintering

Elk have to race against time for food between their mating season and the onset of winter.

December 8, 1997

CHEETAHS: Cheetah Conservation Fund

Cheetahs are endangered, and one of the last places on Earth where they can be found is in Namibia.

December 5, 1997

SINTERKLAAS

Change Santa Claus’s team of reindeer into a single white horse, and replace his costume with a bishop’s robes, and you’ll begin to get a picture of the Netherlands’ Sinterklaas.

December 4, 1997

KLAUSJAGEN: History and Meaning

Switzerland’s Klausjagen procession is a blending of the Catholic holiday in honor of St. Nicholas with a much older celebration.

December 3, 1997

KLAUSJAGEN: Celebration

Whips, bells and giant paper bishop’s hats characterize Switzerland’s Klausjagen celebration.

December 2, 1997

CHEETAHS: Chirping

Cheetah cubs can mimic the sound of birds to fool potential predators.

December 1, 1997

CHEETAHS: December Breeding

Namibia’s short rains bring with them a burst of activity of the arid country’s wildlife, including the cheetah.