July 8, 2021

Hippos – How Low Can They Go?

These three-ton animals may communicate using sounds below the range of human hearing.

July 7, 2021

Butter – Think Global

Analyzing butter to detect pollutants worldwide.

July 6, 2021

Butter Detector

A cheap and effective pollution monitoring tool?

May 12, 2021

What is Life – on the edge

Can we grow brain cells that can be trained to see?

May 11, 2021

What is Life – Growing Brains

Finding ways to defeat the Zika virus.

May 10, 2021

What is Life – Organoids

Growing human brains in a laboratory used to be the stuff of science fiction, until now.

May 7, 2021

What is Life – Radiobes

There are times when it’s difficult to distinguish between what’s alive and what isn’t.

May 6, 2021

What is Life?

It’s a question we humans have carried for a long time.

March 18, 2021

Grafting Season

For apple tree growers, there’s a brief period of time between winter and spring upon which their whole future crop depends.

March 15, 2021

Cloning Apples the Old Fashioned Way

For some farmers, it’s the best way to ensure that their favorite crops come back year after year.

March 12, 2021

The Human Side of Natural Selection

Long before biotechnology, farmers have sought ways to bring predictability to their ever-changing crops.

March 10, 2021

Coral Reefs – Microfragmentation

An accidental discovery leads to a new way of recovering reefs

March 9, 2021

Coral Reefs – Nanotechnology

How to construct an artificial reef?

February 23, 2021

Modeling Disease Pulse of the Populace

Tracking the behavior of someone who looks a lot like you.

February 22, 2021

Fossils the Art of Seeing

It’s like playing “Where’s Waldo”, with Waldo being a few hundred million years old.

February 11, 2021

Fossils Drive-By Outcrops

You could easily be driving by a bed of fossils on your way to work.

February 10, 2021

Fossils Where to Look

The secret of finding fossils is knowing where to look.

February 9, 2021

Fossils Touchstones to the Past

Hearkening back 400 million years.

October 9, 2020

Frontiers of the Brain

Science Diarist John Beggs explains what makes neuroscience like the Wild West.

September 23, 2020

Mow High With a Sharp Blade

Lessons learned from golf course greens can improve a home lawn.

September 22, 2020

Splitting Water

In the process of developing alternative fuel souces, you may have to split a few molecules along the way.

September 17, 2020

Spinning Water

Why is the manufacturing of electric thin films like an amusement park ride?

September 16, 2020

Electric Sandwich

The technology behind your computer screen is, in effect, a layered electronic “sandwich”.

September 15, 2020

Thin Film

Never heard of thin film technology? You’re probably carrying it with you right now,

September 14, 2020

Staring Down the Eye

65,000 feet in the air, alone, staring down the eye of a hurricane ? It’s all in a day’s work for ER-2 research pilots.

September 11, 2020

A Very High Altitude Lab

High-altitude planes use a variety of onboard research instruments to study both earth and space.

September 10, 2020

Hurricane Pilot

Research pilots fly high above the tumult of a hurricane, capturing data from sea level on up.

August 27, 2020

A Most Abundant Life Form

Where can you find a billion pounds of ants? All around us.

August 25, 2020

The Ruthless Courtesy of Ants

The world’s foremost authority on ants reveals how they can be courteous towards relatives but merciless to outsiders.

August 21, 2020

Hairy Evidence

Laboratory tests of hair samples indicate they come from a hitherto unknown primate.

August 12, 2020

Probiotics for Bees

It’s difficult to produce a pesticide that doesn’t have effects on beneficial microorganisms.

August 11, 2020

Honeybees – It’s all in the Gut

A honeybee’s best friends just might be the microbiota living in its digestive tract.

August 10, 2020

Bees and Pesticides

Scientists are trying to better understand the risks of using pesticides on bee colonies.

August 7, 2020

Ascent of a Queen

When bees lose their queen, the hive makes a distinctive sound.

August 6, 2020

The Perseid Meteor Shower

A Celestial treat: the annual rain of space dust entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

August 5, 2020

Importance of Being a Bee

Honeybees play a crucial role in agriculture.

August 4, 2020

Honeybees and Mites

Predatory insect mites are infecting honeybee hives, but pesticides used to control the mites just might be making things worse!

August 3, 2020

Inside the Hive

With thousands of bees to feed, a hive needs a good store of honey to get through the winter.

July 30, 2020

Saving Organs – One Pipe at a Time

Can chemistry keep some of the world’s oldest organs from turning to dust?

July 29, 2020

Fifty Shades of Infrastructure

It’s alive!

July 28, 2020

Urban Ecology

More than half the people on the planet live in cities.

July 15, 2020

Controlling Mosquitos in Cities

The simplest way to protect yourself from mosquitos at home?

July 14, 2020

Urban Mosquitos

Guess who is their prime target?

June 30, 2020

Smoking Gun

Tracking the sources of acid rain involved some low-tech highly creative methods.

June 23, 2020

Great Gull Island

A sound portrait of a nesting site for terns, surrounded – and sometimes attached by – thousands of breeding birds.

June 12, 2020

Acid From the Skies

How acid rain was discovered.

June 11, 2020

Pulse of the Particle

What happens when nanoparticles find their way into the environment?

June 9, 2020

Viruses – Mistakes R Us

In the process of copying their genome, viruses often make bad copies, which turns out to be a good thing for the virus.

June 8, 2020

Viruses – Polio vs Flu

Why do we need to get a new flu vaccine every year when we only need one vaccination for polio?

June 5, 2020

Viruses – the Uncommon Cold

No cure for the Rhinovirus?