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Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sounds.

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Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.
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2018-06-22 04:00
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2018-06-22 04:00
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
22.06.2018

Protecting Animals and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

In Africa, wildlife conservation areas are saving endangered species while denying indigenous peoples access to their traditional lands. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Moringe Parkipuny (1948 - 2013...
21.06.2018

Nomads of East Africa

For centuries, the Maasai have herded their cattle throughout East Africa, but their use of traditional grazing lands is being restricted. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Moringe Parkipuny (1948 - 20...
20.06.2018

Diversity of Life

"We have little evidence that there is any ecosystem smaller than the surface of the earth." This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Famed biologist, theorist, educator and author Lynn Margulis (1938- 2011) ...
19.06.2018

Gaia

The earth is a living system. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Famed biologist, theorist, educator and author Lynn Margulis (1938-2011) co-developed the Gaia Hypothesis.
18.06.2018

So Many Options, So Few Choices

Of the hundreds of thousands of species of plants in the world, humanity depends on only about a dozen species for food. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Richard Evans Schultes (1915 - 2001) has been ...
15.06.2018

Portrait of a Lake

The words of Thoreau still evoke the timeless feeling of a remote mountain lake. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
14.06.2018

Drugs from Plants

A wide range of exotic plants have yielded drugs valuable to western medicine. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Richard Evans Schultes (1915 - 2001) has been called the father of modern ethnobotany. H...
13.06.2018

Lost Knowledge of the Amazon

A pioneering ethnobotanist worked with indigenous peoples around the world to discover useful plants. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Richard Evans Schultes (1915 - 2001) has been called the father o...
12.06.2018

Rainforest Music

Singing with birds and waterfalls. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
11.06.2018

Like a Waterfall in Your Head

The sound flows down and mixes with your thoughts. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
8.06.2018

Glacier Dynamics

Icebergs are forming and seas are rising. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration.  Stanley S. Jacobs is currently a Special Research Scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth 
7.06.2018

An Iceberg Calves

A roar and a tremendous splash herald the birth of a new iceberg. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Stanley S. Jacobs is currently a Special Research Scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
6.06.2018

When a Tree Falls in the Rainforest..

..You'd better be listening! This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 
5.06.2018

A Fluidity of Sounds

An audio snapshot of the daily life of the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea.  This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe,...
4.06.2018

Voices in the Forest

For the Bosavi people of Papua, New Guinea, sounds convey the pulse of the rainforest. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. Steven Feld is currently Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in S...
1.06.2018

Storm in the Amazon 01Jun18

Thunder shakes the darkening skies as heavy showers refresh the rainforest. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
31.05.2018

Price of Deforestation 31May18

Every year, an area about the size of the state of Massachusetts burns in the Brazilian Rainforest. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
30.05.2018

Slash and Burn. 30May18

A centuries-old farming method may actually help save portions of the rainforest. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
29.05.2018

Voices of the Amazon. 29May18

The Amazonian Rainforest s alive with sound. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
28.05.2018

Giant Pandas. 28May18

The Panda is still threatened with extinction by poaching. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
25.05.2018

Pulse of the Predator 25May18

Understanding the relationship between predators and prey. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
24.05.2018

Mountain Gorillas 24May18

Meet one of the first scientists to study gorillas in the wild. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
23.05.2018

Exporting Environmentalism 23May18

George Schaller cautions western environmentalists to consider local traditions. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
22.05.2018

Saving Endangered Species. 22May18

What's the value of saving plants and animals that are threatened by extinction? This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
21.05.2018

Watcher in the Wild. 21May18

A world-famous conservationist shares his experiences. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
18.05.2018

A Rainforest Reserve. 18May18

Can natural resources be protected, while allowing indigenous people to continue their traditional way of life? This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
17.05.2018

Rainforest Hive. May18

In the Ituri forest of Zaire, the Efe people smoke bees out from their hives, sixty feet above the ground. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
16.05.2018

Army Ants Clean House. 16May18

 A nest of marauding ants can number in the millions. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
15.05.2018

Honey Whistles

Whistles coordinate a honey hunt in Africa's Ituri Rainforest. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
14.05.2018

Carry Your Fire. 14May18

In the midst of a damp tropical forest, carrying a fire is easier than starting one. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
11.05.2018

Tree Huggers. 11May18

In northern India, an unusual form of direct action saved a forest and launched an environmental movement. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
10.05.2018

Time Capsule Air. 10May18

Measuring Earth's atmosphere from the distant past. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
9.05.2018

Sea Levels Rise 09May18

Thirty years ago, George Woodwell warned that If the Earth's temperature continues to rise, flooding would eventually displace millions around the world. Part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
8.05.2018

Warming Warning 08May18

Everything George Woodwell spoke about three decades ago has come to pass and his advice for the future is as relevant today as when we first broadcast these programs. Part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
7.05.2018

Wolf Haven 07May18

A home for wolves that have been raised in captivity. This archival program (our first!) is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration. 
4.05.2018

Grey Water 04May18

If it isn't drinkable, that doesn't mean it's not usable.
3.05.2018

We're Using It Up 03May18

In many areas, our water supply is being drained faster than it's replenished.
2.05.2018

Cloud Water 02May18

A large cumulous cloud weighs about the same as a 747.
1.05.2018

Chemicals R Us 01May18

Approximately 4000 new chemicals are registered each day.
30.04.2018

Hand Sanitizers Come Under Scrutiny. 30Apr18

A widely used category of chemical substances could have harmful side-effects.
27.04.2018

Quats

A chemical compound found in many home cleansing products could be doing more than just clean.
26.04.2018

Stealth Nanoparticles 26Apr18

If nanoparticles from consumer products end up in solid wastes, what effect could that have on the environment?
25.04.2018

Nano Membranes 25Apr18

Wastewater plants typically don't filter out pharmaceuticals from our water supply. 
24.04.2018

Nano-Caff 24Apr18

According to the US Geological Survey, much of our fresh water is contaminated by caffeine.
23.04.2018

Poison Ivy Meets Citizen Science 23Apr18

Here's a way you can help track and control poison ivy.
20.04.2018

Preventing a Stroke 20Apr18

Designing a drug that could help stroke patients maximize whatever bypass arteries they may have.
19.04.2018

Stealth Vessels 19Apr18

After a stroke, a specialized network of blood vessels redirects the flow of blood in the brain.
18.04.2018

Surviving Strokes 18Apr18

Why is it that some patients are able to survive a stroke and others are not?
17.04.2018

Bad Name, Good Sign 17Apr18

Saddled with a dicey moniker, Hellbenders are indicators of a healthy water ecosystem.
16.04.2018

Hellbender! 16Apr18

North America's largest salamander can reach a length of two feet and weigh up to five pounds.
13.04.2018

Dynamics of Collaboration 13Apr18

Engineers turn misunderstandings to their advantage.
12.04.2018

Silent Blade 12Apr18

An owl's wing inspires the design of a quiet turbine.
11.04.2018

Shoreline Research in Binaural Stereo 11Apr18

An immersive glimpse of intertidal zone research.
10.04.2018

HAB's 10Apr18

Long term studies can help explain why we're seeing so many Harmful Algae Blooms lately.
9.04.2018

Secrets of Sediments 09Apr18

Burrowing crabs turn up clues to what lies beneath.
6.04.2018

Silent Flyers. 06Apr18

Designed for stealth flying, an owl's wing is still a bit of a mystery. 
5.04.2018

HighTech in the Time of Cholera 05Apr18

Solutions for a low-tech environment
4.04.2018

Electric Bacteria. 04Apr18

Imagine a self-powered device that can clean up human waste.
3.04.2018

When Algae Blooms 03Apr18

They happen all over the world, giving scientists more questions than answers.
2.04.2018

Easter Morning in Germany 02Apr18

Put on your headset and join us for an immersive sound portrait.
30.03.2018

Any Tool You Can Imagine 30Mar18

It's like attaching drill bits, but on a whole other scale.
29.03.2018

Robot-Assisted Design 29Mar18

Custom parts? No problem. 
28.03.2018

Trees of the Future Pulse of the Planet 28Mar18

The trees we plant trees today are a product of drastic, dramatic climate change.
27.03.2018

Trees That Don't Grow in Brooklyn 27Mar18

Hold the Mulberrys!
26.03.2018

Imagining a Cooler City 26Mar18

Canopies of trees helps to moderate an urban climate.
23.03.2018

Urban Soil? It's the Pits 23Mar18

The greatest challenge for cityscape tree planters
22.03.2018

Blueprinting and Other Calculated Surprises 22Mar18

The challenge of translating behavior from one culture to another
21.03.2018

Another Survey? Argh! 21Mar18

Is there a better way to improve service besides filling out surveys?
20.03.2018

Surprise! 20Mar18

There's one sure way to make a memorable impression.
19.03.2018

A Deadly Legacy 19Mar18

Do mother snapping turtles pass toxic substances on to their young?
16.03.2018

Nail Knowledge Pulse of the Planet 16Mar18

Why would anyone want to cut the toenails of a snapping turtle?
15.03.2018

Antlers - Fast and Furious 15Mar18

The largest antlered animal in the world is a lot speedier that you'd expect.
14.03.2018

Eco-Clues From a Feisty Teacher 14Mar18

Snapping turtles are teaching us invaluable lessons about the effects of toxins on the environment.
13.03.2018

A Case for Predators - Pulse of the Planet 13Mar18

Without wolves, there would be nothing to control the population of moose on Isle Royale.
12.03.2018

Wolves, Moose and Trees 12Mar18

An unexpected eco-triad
9.03.2018

Long Distance Consequences 09Mar18

Farming practices in the midwest impact the Gulf of Mexico.
8.03.2018

Recipe for Death 08Mar18

Runoff from chemical fertilizers has a deadly consequence downstream.
7.03.2018

The Dead Zone 07Mar18

Off the Louisiana coast there's about 6000 square miles of ocean that's virtually devoid of life.
6.03.2018

Unsung Heroes of Science

Understanding what evidence and data really mean.
5.03.2018

A Walk to a Well - Pulse of the Planet 05Mar18

New technologies may be rejected for unexpected reasons.
2.03.2018

Behind the Numbers - Pulse of the Planet 02Mar18

Should hand pumps be installed in remote African villages? Ask a statistician.
1.03.2018

An Earful of Bats 01Mar18

A bat can change the shape of its ear in about one-tenth of a second!
28.02.2018

The Nose Knows - Pulse of the Planet 28Feb18

The nose-leaf is like a little megaphone that surrounds a bat's nostrils.
27.02.2018

Bats the Question. 27Feb18

Mysteries of echolocation
26.02.2018

Deep Inside a Bat Cave. 26Feb18

Smell the guano, site the bat trajectories!
23.02.2018

Bat Jam - Pulse of the Planet 23Feb18

In a cave full of flying bats, why don't they get in each other's way? 
22.02.2018

Swarming - Pulse of the Planet 22Feb18

On city sidewalks we can walk without bumping into each other. Is that Swarming?
21.02.2018

Preventing Lyme Disease 21Feb18

Planning a walk in the woods? Some tips on avoiding ticks.
20.02.2018

Lyme All the Time 20Feb18

Disease-carrying ticks can be active year-round.
19.02.2018

Lyme Disease is Spreading. 19Feb18

Since this report was initially filed, the CDC now estimates there are 300,000 cases of Lyme in the US each year.
16.02.2018

Breathing in Memories 16Feb18

They're playing our smell.
15.02.2018

Miasmas - Pulse of the Planet 15Feb18

"If it smells bad, it is bad." Really?
14.02.2018

The Relentless Sense 14Feb18

There's lots of ways to tune out sights and sounds, but not smells.
13.02.2018

A Recipe for Algae Blooms? 13Feb18

Fertilizers and nanoparticles can lead to unpleasant consequences.
12.02.2018

Kelp Elevator - Pulse of the Planet 12Feb18

Going down....!
9.02.2018

Pickling the Waters 09Feb18

It's like dropping a fresh water organism into the ocean.
8.02.2018

A Little Less Salt Please. 08Feb18

Wet salt sticks better to roads than dry - and other useful ideas.
7.02.2018

From the Road to the Well. 07Feb18

Rock salt from roads can enter into our soil, streams and groundwater.
6.02.2018

Rocksalt Everlasting

Why is it salt turning up in streams in the summertime? 
5.02.2018

Turning on the Bio-Lights

How many bacteria does it take to light up an Anglerfish?
2.02.2018

Bioluminous Squid. 02Feb18

Meet one of evolution's spectacular solutions.
1.02.2018

You Light Up My Lure. 01Feb18

A mutually beneficial relationship between a fish and bacteria.
31.01.2018

Hyperspectral Imaging. 31Jan18

A micro-galaxy of colors!
30.01.2018

Biomagnification. 30Jan18

Contaminants can increase in their concentration as they move up the food chain.
29.01.2018

The Legacy of Acid Rain. 29Jan18

What will happen when acid rain falls on a system that is no longer able to deal with it?
26.01.2018

From Maple Trees to Fish. 26Jan18

Understanding how the acidity from rain and snow effects our environment.
25.01.2018

The Relentless Sense. 25Jan18

We've developed lots of ways to cover our ears, but not so many ways to cover our noses. 
24.01.2018

Nanopores. 24Jan18

Reading strings of DNA like the beads on a necklace.
23.01.2018

Pulse of the Bacteria. 23Jan18

In many countries around the world countries, people can walk into a pharmacy and purchase antibiotic without a prescription.
22.01.2018

Antibiotic Resistance. 22Jan18

Every year, at least 23,000 people in the US die because of antibiotic resistant infections.
19.01.2018

Untold Stories. 19Jan18

Celebrating significant unheralded lives.
18.01.2018

Hidden History. 18Jan18

The stories of everyday people form an important and overlooked part of our history. 
17.01.2018

Smoking Gun 17Jan18

Tracking the sources of acid rain involved some low-tech highly creative methods.
16.01.2018

Acid From the Skies. 16Jan18

The discovery of acid rain.
15.01.2018

Behind the Dream. 15Jan18

The surprising backstory of Martin Luther King's most famous speech.
12.01.2018

Song Memories 12Jan18

The nomadic herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form.
11.01.2018

Story-Songs of the Sami 11Jan18

The nomadic herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form.
10.01.2018

Pulse of the Particle 10Jan18

What happens when nanoparticles find their way into the environment?
9.01.2018

Letting Off Steam with the Mollies 09Jan18

It was Plow-or-Treat in 18th century England.
8.01.2018

Plough Monday. 08Jan18

Halloween meets Mardi Gras!
5.01.2018

Pay Forward Your Packaging. 05Jan18

What to do with all those holiday boxes?
4.01.2018

Three Kings Day - The Magi Return

Leave something for the camels!
3.01.2018

Parranda. 03Jan18

Christmas caroling - Puerto Rican Style! 
2.01.2018

Food Fit For Kings 02Jan18

Three Kings Day is a taste fest!
1.01.2018

Biggest Day of the Year 01Jan18

Celebrate Hogmanay with a bit of first-footing.
29.12.2017

Reindeer Jazz. 29Dec17

An indigenous style of singing created by nomadic reindeer herdsman is kept alive in contemporary Scandinavia.
28.12.2017

Pallets. 28Dec17

In the world of package design, you have to think about what it's going to be resting upon. 
27.12.2017

Masquerade at Your Doorstep 27Dec17

Jonkonnu revelers sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.
26.12.2017

From Jamaica to North Carolina. 26Dec17

The festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England and the Caribbean.
25.12.2017

Roots of Christmas. 25Dec17

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions may date back to the pre-Christian era.
22.12.2017

Bonfires on the Levee. 22Dec17

Celebrating Christmas eve with a 20 foot pyre of wood and wire.
21.12.2017

When Christmas was Illegal. 21Dec17

There was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.
20.12.2017

Making a Better Box. 20Dec17

Rethinking what that gift you're giving comes in.
19.12.2017

Las Posadas. 19Dec17

Commemorating Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem.
18.12.2017

Planes, Trains and Trucks. 18Dec17

If you want to design effective packaging, you'd better know how it'll stand up to being transported.
15.12.2017

A Social Safety Valve. 15Dec17

A celebration designed to keep the fabric of society from tearing itself apart.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
14.12.2017

Reconstructing Jonkonnu 14Dec17

Celebrating freedom from slavery.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
13.12.2017

What's in a Raindrop? 13Dec17

Rain is a prime mover in stimulating microbial growth.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
12.12.2017

Too Tall. 12Dec17

Is there a limit to how tall trees can grow?To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
11.12.2017

The Tallest Tree 11Dec17

Amidst a clearcut forest and host to a pesky woodpecker, stands the world's tallest tree.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
8.12.2017

Evolution in the Clouds. 08Dec17

Why would bacteria evolve the ability to freeze cloud water at higher than normal temperatures?
7.12.2017

The Dark Side of Cloud Seeding. 07Dec17

There may be more in a rain shower than you think.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
6.12.2017

Rain - the Missing Link. 06Dec17

What catalyzes the production of rain?To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
5.12.2017

The Recipe for Rain 05Dec17

Cloud water freezes at higher temperatures than pure water.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
4.12.2017

To Freeze or Not to Freeze. 04Dec17

Rain starts with an ice crystal.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
1.12.2017

Promotoras. 01Dec17

Exchanging ideas and experience between peoples with different cultural backgrounds.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
30.11.2017

Tourists Meet Bees. 30Nov17

In Mexico, a successful project is bringing together tourist-volunteers and local beekeepers.To help support Pulse of the Planet and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card, you can fill out our survey at survey.acast.com.
29.11.2017

Volunteer Tourism. 29Nov17

It's an important economic and cultural resource in many countries.
28.11.2017

The Alarm Heard Round the World. 28Nov17

Is there a universal language of alarm calls?
27.11.2017

Early Warning System. 27Nov17

Birds "mobbing calls" make it easy for all the animals in a locale to know exactly when a predator is nearby.
24.11.2017

Alarm Calls. 24Nov17

What's a bird to do when it sees a predator lurking nearby?
23.11.2017

Thanksgiving Day Parade - Balloons. 23Nov17

What does it take to handle a four-story high balloon?
22.11.2017

Thanksgiving Day Parade - Inflation Day. 22Nov17

Watching the giant parade balloons being filled on the day before Thanksgiving has become part of New York's holiday celebration.
21.11.2017

The Oysters of Chesapeake Bay. 21Nov17

The home to a multimillion dollar oyster industry is threatened by industrial and agricultural pollution.
20.11.2017

The Future of Oysters. 20Nov17

Increasing levels of acidity in our oceans could have a serious impact on the oyster industry.
17.11.2017

Taking the Pulse of Oysters. 17Nov17

They're an important shellfish, both for their environmental and economic value.
16.11.2017

Water and Arsenic. 16Nov17

Around the world, people are being poisoned by naturally occurring toxins in their drinking water.
15.11.2017

A Volcano's Deepest Voice. 15Nov17

Volcanoes could be giving us clues to when they'll erupt, if we knew how to listen to them.
14.11.2017

Coal Ash and Water. 14Nov17

You don't want coal ash to end up in a water supply.
13.11.2017

Best Tasting Water? 13Nov17

If you think water with the least traces of minerals in it tastes best, you're in for a surprise.
10.11.2017

Bricks, Sky and Green. 10Nov17

The recipe for an enlivening cityscape? A good mix of blue and green.
9.11.2017

Dead Buildings. 09Nov17

The architecture of a cityscape can affect our well-being in unexpected ways.
8.11.2017

Prospect and Refuge. 08Nov17

Good habitat choice comes down to seeing but not being seen.
7.11.2017

A Walk in the Park. 07Nov17

A neuroscientist explores architecture and nature.
6.11.2017

Poison Ivy - An Unexpected Discovery. 06Nov17

A new way of controlling Poison Ivy?
3.11.2017

A Life-Saving Charade. 03Nov17

To avoid predators, Piping Plovers have adopted a theatrical strategy.
2.11.2017

Psychogeography. 02Nov17

Studying the interactions between people and places.
1.11.2017

Scorpion Venom. 01Nov17

Exciting new medical treatments are being developed from the venom of this feisty arachnid.
31.10.2017

Punkie Night. 31Oct17

A precursor to Halloween? A Legacy Program from the Pulse of the Planet archive.
30.10.2017

Scorpions - Ouch! 30Oct17

How dangerous is a scorpion sting?
27.10.2017

Poison Ivy - Solving a Mystery. 27Oct17

Researchers trying to grow Poison Ivy discovered that all their seedlings were being destroyed.
26.10.2017

Poison Ivy vs Fungus. 26Oct17

You think researchers studying poison ivy have an easy time growing it? Not quite!
25.10.2017

Urban Ants. 25Oct17

Meet the unofficial members of the New York City sanitation department.
24.10.2017

Making an Immersive Recording. 24Oct17

Get your headset on!
23.10.2017

Soundscapes - Location, Location. 23Oct17

Listening beside the Sequoia tree where John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt camped.
20.10.2017

City Ant, Country Ant 20Oct17

Welcome to the urban insect jungle.
19.10.2017

Stingers. 19Oct17

Some caterpillars can keep predators and human researchers at bay!
18.10.2017

Pulse of the Parks. 18Oct17

An audio snapshot of all the species making sounds nearby.
17.10.2017

Fermi's Paradox. 17Oct17

If they’re out there, why haven't they come here?
16.10.2017

The Ultimate Message in a Bottle. 16Oct17

How would you compose a message to an alien?
13.10.2017

Sound Around. 13Oct17

Documenting the voices of nature.
12.10.2017

When Nature Takes Charge. 12Oct17

In wildlife preserves, should we allow nature to "take its course"?
11.10.2017

The Arecibo Message. 11Oct17

Reaching out to ET, in ones and zeroes.
10.10.2017

How to Find a Scorpion. 10Oct17

What makes them glow in the dark?
9.10.2017

Scorpions - Hiss 09Oct17

Don't tread on me!
6.10.2017

Helping Shorebirds to Survive. 06Oct17

An insider's look at how scientists monitor bird life after a devastating hurricane.
5.10.2017

The Canterbury Tales in Mexico. 05Oct17

Fall is a time of animal migrations and human pilgrimage. A Legacy Program from the Pulse of the Planet archive.
4.10.2017

The Miraculous Statue. 04Oct17

In Magdalena Mexico, a statue of St. Francis Xavier draws thousands of worshippers on pilgrimage. A Legacy Program from the Pulse of the Planet archives.
3.10.2017

Magdalena Pilgrimage 03Oct17

Every October, a sixty mile pilgrimage to the Mexican village of Magdalena honors St. Francis. A legacy program from the Pulse of the Planet archives.
2.10.2017

Scorpions 101 02Oct17

They walked the earth before dinosaurs.
29.09.2017

The Other Side of the Stick. 29Sep17

In the aftermath of a storm, what's bad for humans may be good for other species.
28.09.2017

Making a Dune. 28Sep17

Fire Island's dunes were flattened by hurricane Sandy; with the aid of snow fencing, they have been speedily reestablished.
27.09.2017

The Nuts and Bolts of Diversity. 27Sep17

Virtually every organism in a rainforest ecosystem is part of an interdependent web of life.
26.09.2017

The Polio Detector. 26Sep17

A low-cost means of detecting polio in the field is being developed by scientists, using nanotechnology.
25.09.2017

Eradicating Polio. 25Sep17

There are three countries in the world where polio is still found.
22.09.2017

Invisible Web of the Rainforest. 22Sep17

Tinker with the micro-ecology of just one plant, and you risk altering an entire ecosystem.
21.09.2017

Microcosms of Nature. 21Sep17

A diverse ecoysystem can be found within the leaves of one rainforest plant.
20.09.2017

Nanotechnology Meets Clams. 20Sep17

Are nanoparticles from products effecting the environment?
19.09.2017

Secrets of Finding Caterpillars. 19Sep17

Signs of caterpillars are easy to spot, but how do you locate the caterpillars themselves?
18.09.2017

A Specialized Predator. 18Sep17

In Costa Rica's banana plantations, parasitoids can keep hungry caterpillars in check.
15.09.2017

The Prototype for Alien 15Sep17

Nature can be harsh, and in the case of caterpillar-eating parasitoids, it's downright gruesome.
14.09.2017

Spectacular Species 14Sep17

In Costa Rica's rainforest, the diversity of caterpillars rivals the variety of plants they consume.
13.09.2017

Dragonflies - Best Place to Watch. 13Sep17

A prime spot to observe migrating dragonflies
12.09.2017

Older Than Dinosaurs, Younger Than Springtime 12Sep17

One of the world's most venerable insects has developed a sucessful means of reproduction.
11.09.2017

Riding the Wind. 11Sep17

Unfortunately for dragonflies, they're not the only creatures who migrate riding wind currents.
8.09.2017

Dragonfly Migration. 08Sep17

A sight to behold - thousands upon thousands of dragonflies.
7.09.2017

Dragonflies - Myths and Truths. 07Sep17

Can these flying insect carnivores bite people?
6.09.2017

Will it Play in Alpha Centauri? 06Sep17

Crafting a message an alien can understand.
5.09.2017

The Golden Record. 05Sep17

The sounds of earth onboard the Voyager spacecraft.
4.09.2017

Broadcasting to the Stars 04Sep17

They probably already know we're here.
1.09.2017

Moo Clues 01Sep17

Air pollution monitoring is nothing new, but now scientists are turning to a new source of data: dairy cows.
31.08.2017

Butter - Think Global 31Aug17

Analyzing butter to detect pollutants worldwide.
30.08.2017

Butter Detector 30Aug17

A cheap and effective pollution monitoring tool?
29.08.2017

Scat, Hair and Other Signs 29Aug17

Grizzly bear tracking usually involves splitting a few hairs.
28.08.2017

Tracking Grizzlies 28Aug17

Are Grizzly bears returning to the mountains of Montana?
25.08.2017

Plastics in Your Body 25Aug17

"Take me into the cell! Don't kill me!"
24.08.2017

Not Grandad's Science 24Aug17

These days, getting a degree in chemistry, biology or physics isn't enough.
23.08.2017

STEM Cells - Divide and Heal 23Aug17

When you're injured, they leap into action.
22.08.2017

STEM Cells on the Bench 22Aug17

They're like having a strong bench in a sports team.
21.08.2017

Sun Sounds 21Aug17

Honoring today's solar eclipse: Sound is giving us a clue as to what's taking place inside the sun.
18.08.2017

Finding a Pest Predator 18Aug17

When an invasive insect from Japan began wiping out eastern hemlock trees, scientists found the pests' natural predator in Japan.
17.08.2017

The Wooly Bug 17Aug17

An invasive species has decimated our population of eastern hemlock trees.
16.08.2017

Undiscovered Fungi 16Aug17

Thanks to DNA testing, we now know that the majority of micororganisms in soil are fungi which bring vital elements to plant life.
15.08.2017

'Shroom Quest 15Aug17

When foraging for wild mushrooms, it helps to know your tree types.
14.08.2017

The Case of the Persistent Pollutants 14Aug17

Detectable traces of pollutants just might be in your refrigerator.
11.08.2017

Appreciating Alligators 11Aug17

They've played an important role, ecologically, economically and historically.
10.08.2017

Alligator Wrestling 10Aug17

Should you ever decide to wrestle an alligator (bad idea!), here are a few tips.
9.08.2017

A Much Maligned Reptile 09Aug17

"A huge alligator rushed out of the reeds and with a tremendous roar, came up with open jaws..."
8.08.2017

Scary, with Charisma 08Aug17

Is the alligator's fierce reputation a case of mistaken identity?
7.08.2017

History of Extinction 07Aug17

Part of Lewis and Clark's mission was to find dinosaurs!
4.08.2017

Ivory Billed Woodpecker- Dead or Alive? 04Aug17

Is the largest woodpecker in North America truly extinct?
3.08.2017

Large Numbers, Anyone? 03Aug17

Do large numbers effect our decision making?
2.08.2017

Numerosity 02Aug17

Are we unconsciously influenced by the size of a number?
1.08.2017

Seeing Red 01Aug17

Subliminal selling messages in a department store?
31.07.2017

Hidden Persuaders 31Jul17

Could colors affect our willingness to purchase a product?
28.07.2017

Bicycles of the Future 28Jul17

Bikes are evolving in their design and the way they fit into the cityscape.
27.07.2017

Taking Back the Streets 27Jul17

Want to improve your health, brighten your day and lessen air pollution in one easy step?
26.07.2017

The Commuter Bike 26Jul17

The ideal bike to ride to work?
25.07.2017

Bike to Work! 25Jul17

In the Netherlands, about one-quarter of all trips in the entire country are made by bicycle.
24.07.2017

Rediscovering the Bicycle 24Jul17

Many US cities have come to a new appreciation of two-wheel transport.
21.07.2017

Cultural Forest 21Jul17

Learning from indigenous Thailanders how to manage an endangered ecosystem.
20.07.2017

Saving Organs - A Pipe at a Time 20Jul17

Can chemistry keep some of the world's oldest organs from turning to dust?
19.07.2017

More Than a Caw 19Jul17

Are crows songbirds?
18.07.2017

The Flying Toolmaker 18Jul17

Humans aren't the only animals using tools.
17.07.2017

Raven Language 17Jul17

Gurgles, knocks and bells!
14.07.2017

Raven or Crow? 14Jul17

Crows and ravens may both be large, black birds, but they have very distinct voices.
13.07.2017

A Sticky Business 13Jul17

A woodpecker has devised a clever strategy to protect its nests from snakes.
12.07.2017

Master of Excavation 12Jul17

It's the only woodpecker that excavates cavities in a living pine tree.
11.07.2017

The Woodpecker Who Stays Home 11Jul17

Young Red Cockaded Woodpeckers help raise their brothers and sisters until their father dies.
10.07.2017

Musical Empathy, Wired 10Jul17

Science and art intertwine to explore the relationship between emotion and music.
7.07.2017

Digital Luthier 07Jul17

Tapping into the emotional states of performers and their audience.
6.07.2017

Emotions Become Music 06Jul17

Can we translate emotions directly to musical sound, with a little help from computers?
5.07.2017

Decision-Making - Art or Science? 05Jul17

Do we base our understanding on evidence or opinion?
4.07.2017

What is Science? 04Jul17

Let the evidence lead the answer to your hunch, not the other way around.
3.07.2017

Cancer, Mutations and Evolution 03Jul17

Could there be positive outcomes from cancer as a result of mutation?
30.06.2017

Bringing in a Dinosaur 30Jun17

Getting a dinosaur skeleton from the field to the lab is a tricky process.
29.06.2017

Cancer - the Ultimate Endgame 29Jun17

Finding a strategy to combat cancer is like playing chess against a Grandmaster.
28.06.2017

A Fine Feathered Dinosaur 28Jun17

Close relatives of Tyrannosaurs Rex actually had some kind of feathering coating!
27.06.2017

Cancer - the Immune System 27Jun17

Shutting down an overzealous immune response.
26.06.2017

Cancer - Treating Tumors Without Surgery 26Jun17

Veterinarians are using gold nanoparticles to control the growth of cancerous tumors.
23.06.2017

If Buildings Could Help 23Jun17

Instead of looking for Child Finder stickers, first responders to an emergency might one day be checking their iPads.
22.06.2017

Chimpanzees - a Deadly Trait 22Jun17

Chimps, like humans, commit acts of deadly violence against their own kind.
21.06.2017

Chimpanzees - Getting the Message Across 21Jun17

Chimps communicate with each other with both voices and gestures.
20.06.2017

Chimps - Toolmakers, too 20Jun17

Chimpanzees make their own tools for all sorts of different needs and behaviors.
19.06.2017

Dino Lab - 200 Million Year Old Glimpse 19Jun17

On being the first person to uncover an animal that lived 210 million years ago.
16.06.2017

If Buildings Could Harvest Electricity 16Jun17

Can a building transform the motion that takes place inside it into electricity?
15.06.2017

Disaster Preparation Meets Social Media 15Jun17

"it's much harder to establish the truthfulness of what somebody is saying."
14.06.2017

Dino Lab - One Scrape at a Time 14Jun17

Find a fossil dinosaur in the field, bring it to the lab, and the work of extracting it begins.
13.06.2017

If Buildings Could Listen 13Jun17

With over 200 vibrometers, this building is keeping track of the movements of its inhabitants.
12.06.2017

If Buildings Could Talk 12Jun17

One of the world's most instrumented buildings is a living laboratory of vibrations.
9.06.2017

Disaster Preparation - Too Much of a Good Thing 09Jun17

Sending supplies to a disaster stricken area may be best left to relief organizations.
8.06.2017

Roma - Crank It Up! 08Jun17

Roma music is eclectic, contemporary and loud!
7.06.2017

Disaster Preparation - Help Gets in the Way 07Jun17

When a natural disaster strikes, one of the problems that relief agencies run into are people who want to help!
6.06.2017

Disaster Preparation - Partners 06Jun17

When planning for a natural disaster, local knowledge is critical.
5.06.2017

Roma - Largest Minority in Europe? 05Jun17

For the Roma, census-taking is not just a matter of counting heads.
2.06.2017

Koalas - Dying 02Jun17

What is keeping St. Bees Island's koala population in check?
1.06.2017

Roma - Nomadic 01Jun17

Gypsies are not aimless wanderers.
31.05.2017

Fossils – the Art of Seeing 31May17

It's like playing "Where's Waldo", with Waldo being a few hundred million years old.
30.05.2017

Fossils – Drive-By Outcrops 30May17

You could easily be driving by a bed of fossils on your way to work.
29.05.2017

Video Games – Art Form or Bad Influence? 29May17

"You're talking to all these strangers and maybe not always being nice to each other."
26.05.2017

Koalas - Mystery 26May17

Why has the koala population of St. Bees Island remained stable?
25.05.2017

Roma - Origins

Demystifying the origins of Gypsy culture.
24.05.2017

Fossils – Where to Look 24May17

The secret of finding fossils is knowing where to look.
23.05.2017

Fossils – Touchstones to the Past 23May17

Hearkening back 400 million years.
22.05.2017

Nanotechnology – the Bottom Line 22May17

Do we need nanomaterials to be 100% pure?
19.05.2017

Koalas - Success! 19May17

A research team spots a well-hidden koala.
18.05.2017

Nanotechnology – Sense and Destroy 18May17

Self-repairing membranes that target pathogens.
17.05.2017

Nanotechnology – Just Like Shark Skin 17May17

Designing a membrane that doesn't clog up.
16.05.2017

Nanotechnology - Revolutionizing Water Treatment 16May17

It takes about ten barrels of water to get one barrel of oil.
15.05.2017

Nanoparticles – A Whole Lot of Surface 15May17

How does making something smaller change its nature?
12.05.2017

Koalas - Most Boring Animals on Earth?

Koalas don't keep quiet and still all day because they're lazy - it's a metabolic strategy!
11.05.2017

Modeling Disease - Tracking Zika 11May17

Will the Zika virus burn itself out?
10.05.2017

Modeling Disease – The Lens of Culture

Burial practices in West Africa figured in the spread of Ebola.
9.05.2017

Modeling Disease – Pulse of the Populace 09May17

Tracking the behavior of someone who looks a lot like you.
8.05.2017

Modeling Diseases – Many Pathways 08May17

What's responsible for maintaining the spread of disease?
5.05.2017

Koalas - Tracking 05May17

Join in the hunt as researchers track down koalas!
4.05.2017

Snakes and Newts - A Deadly Secret 04May17

Very few critters can have newts for breakfast and live to have lunch.
3.05.2017

Milk - Lighten Up 03May17

Florescent lighting may be effecting the taste of milk and other daily products.
2.05.2017

Milk - Got Taste? 02May17

Why has the consumption of milk been declining for the past thirty years?
1.05.2017

The Case of the Poisoned Hunters 01May17

Very few critters can have newts for breakfast and live to have lunch.
28.04.2017

Koalas - Goats 28Apr17

The koalas of Australia's St. Bee's Island have an unlikely adversary - goats.
27.04.2017

Future Haus - Bathroom of the Future 27Apr17

You may want to spend more time in the loo of the future.
26.04.2017

Koalas - Finding 26Apr17

Even on an island full of koalas, finding one is much more difficult than it might seem!
25.04.2017

Future Haus - Transforming Housing 25Apr17

Building a house from the inside out.
24.04.2017

Future Haus - Open the Fridge Door, Hal 24Apr17

Low on milk? Better call the refrigerator.
21.04.2017

Invasive Species - A Matter of Perspective 21Apr17

Why clarinet players love a certain problematic plant.
20.04.2017

Future Haus - Come In, Kitchen Control 20Apr17

Your counter is a touch screen computer.
19.04.2017

Koalas- Sounds 19Apr17

You'll never think of koalas as placid, leaf-chewing marsupials again after hearing their vocalizations during breeding season!
18.04.2017

Future Haus - Think Modular 18Apr17

All the components are plug and play.
17.04.2017

Rethinking Elder Care - Ageism 17Apr17

A subtle form of discrimination permeates our society.
14.04.2017

Rethinking Elder Care - the Dark Side 14Apr17

Uncovering elder abuse is no easy task.
13.04.2017

Rethinking Elder Care - Abuse 13Apr17

The family member who takes twenty dollars to pick up milk and brings back the milk but no change.
12.04.2017

Rethinking Elder Care - It Starts With a Conversation 12Apr17

Our population of elder citizens is growing, along with the issues confronting them.
11.04.2017

Controlling Zika - Transgenic Mosquitos 11Apr17

Making male mosquitos with the "Nix Gene".
10.04.2017

Controlling Zika - Vampires and Vegetarians 10Apr17

Uncovering the genetic "master switch" of sex determination in disease-carrying mosquitos.
7.04.2017

Distorted Memory - What is the Truth 07Apr17

Does our memory play tricks on us and effect our perception of the truth?
6.04.2017

Honeybees - Probiotics for Bees 06Apr17

It's difficult to produce a pesticide that doesn't have effects on beneficial microorganisms.
5.04.2017

Honeybees - It's all in the Gut 05Apr17

A honeybee's best friends just might be the microbiota living in its digestive tract.
4.04.2017

Distorted Memory - Keep a Diary 04Apr17

Memory can mean a million different things to a million different people.
3.04.2017

Distorted Memory - Hold the Cheesecake 03Apr17

Why do impulsive people have a hard time following through on their goals?
31.03.2017

Tracking Cats - Unanswered Questions 31Mar17

"I was completely shocked and thought, 'This is impossible!"
30.03.2017

Invasive Species - Potluck Kudzu 30Mar17

One person's invasive is another person's tasty delicacy.
29.03.2017

Invasive Species - Virtues 29Mar17

"A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."
28.03.2017

Tracking Cats - Protection 28Mar17

New strategies for saving tigers and other big cats around the world.
27.03.2017

Tracking Cats - Scat Dogs 27Mar17

No eating, peeing, or rolling in it allowed!
24.03.2017

Tracking Cats - Every Picture Tells a Story 24Mar17

"You can follow those cubs all the way up through their life."
23.03.2017

Noruz - Triumph of Tradition 23Mar17

Although the government of Iran tried to suppress it, Noruz continues to be one of that nation's most popular celebrations.
22.03.2017

Noruz - Persian New Year 22Mar17

The first day of spring marks the start of an ancient holiday.
21.03.2017

Noruz - Customs 21Mar17

It means "new day" and it's celebrated with new clothes, gift-giving and bonfires.
20.03.2017

Tracking Cats - Remote Cameras 20Mar17

You'd think being such large animals, that we'd know more about them.
17.03.2017

Microplastics - A Double-Edged Sword 17Mar17

Can we design plastics whose structures respond to their environment?
16.03.2017

Microplastics - Beneficial Uses 16Mar17

What happens to the microplastics in your toothpaste when they get washed down the drain?
15.03.2017

Microplastics - Solutions 15Mar17

Can we develop bio-friendly polymers?
14.03.2017

Microplastics - Into Our Oceans 14Mar17

Virtually every plastic bag that finds its way into the ocean, deteriorates into microplastic particles.
13.03.2017

Phagwah - Sounds of a Spring Festival 13Mar17

Celebrating the season with drums and cymbals!
10.03.2017

Phagwah - Take a Powder! 10Mar17

An ancient festival of spring is celebrated with colored baby powder.
9.03.2017

Phagwah - Celebrating the Rebirth of Nature 09Mar17

The most joyful festival of the Indo-Caribbean culture.
8.03.2017

Police-Community Relations - What Works? 08Mar17

Ice cream or self-esteem?
7.03.2017

Healing Police-Community Relations 07Mar17

A project to bring together local police with the people they serve.
6.03.2017

Innovation - Diversity 06Mar17

Diversity doesn't just refer to race, ethnicity or gender; it means diversity of thought, intellectual approach, and diversity of tools and problems.
3.03.2017

Next Generation Search - Lemon Finder 03Mar17

Is it possible to predict product defects and recalls by monitoring online user groups?
2.03.2017

Innovation - Resistance 02Mar17

Does resistance help an idea become better?
1.03.2017

Cajun Mardi Gras - Feast Before Fast 01Mar17

The roots of Mardi Gras run deeper than Christianity.
28.02.2017

Cajun Mardi Gras - Biggest Day 28Feb17

"When you're part of this Mardi Gras, you're forgetting about your job, your worries, your bills.."
27.02.2017

Cajun Mardi Gras - In Disguise 27Feb17

This week, in the bayous of Louisiana, costumed revelers beg for food and money from their neighbors to support a communal gumbo.
24.02.2017

Predicting Disease – Tracking Probabilities 24Feb17

A newly developed algorithm is telling scientists where disease outbreaks may occur in the future.
23.02.2017

Predicting Disease – Making the Leap 23Feb17

How are diseases passed from animals to humans?
22.02.2017

Predicting Disease – Which Animal, Which Country? 22Feb17

Why is it that diseases emerge from some species and not from others?
21.02.2017

Innovation - At What Price 21Feb17

Does the search for new ideas mean abandoning the old ones?
20.02.2017

Innovation - Fostering 20Feb17

From Bell Labs to Silicon Valley - what are the best conditions to encourage innovation?
17.02.2017

Entrepreneurship - Practice 17Feb17

"There's an entrepreneur inside all of us, and the lab is the world."
16.02.2017

Entrepreneurship - Scale 16Feb17

How the Network Effect can lead to Winner Take All.
15.02.2017

Entrepreneurship - First Movers 15Feb17

The first company to come up with a new idea isn't always the most successful.
14.02.2017

Entrepreneurship - Startups 14Feb17

Got a great idea but no funds to support it? No worries!
13.02.2017

Drugs in Our Waters - Solutions 13Feb17

What can we do to keep drugs out of our water supply?
10.02.2017

Drugs in Our Waters - Effects 10Feb17

Everything from antibiotics to antihistamines is showing up in our water supply and effecting local ecosystems.
9.02.2017

Drugs in Our Waters - Artificial Streams 09Feb17

What happens to all the pharmaceuticals we use and dispose of?
8.02.2017

Helmet Safety - Star System 08Feb17

What popular sport currently has the least effective helmet? Hint: It's not Football!
7.02.2017

Helmet Safety - G Force in the Lab 07Feb17

It takes a well designed football helmet to lower the risk of concussion.
6.02.2017

Helmet Safety - Minimizing the Risk 06Feb17

The key to injury is acceleration, not speed.
3.02.2017

Drosophila - Cancer 03Feb17

Using fruit fly genes to test different forms of cancer treatment.
2.02.2017

Drosophila -Humanizing Flies 02Feb17

Human genes in fruit flies?
1.02.2017

Drosophila - Making History 01Feb17

In the history of genetics, no species has played a more important role than a humble fly.
31.01.2017

Bears - Tuning in to Seasonal Signals 31Jan17

A mix of environmental factors cue bears to seasonal changes.
30.01.2017

Next Generation Search - Finding Experts 30Jan17

It's people, not answers.
27.01.2017

Bears - Birthing 27Jan17

For bears in hibernation, giving birth and nursing newborns is a slumberous activity.
26.01.2017

Bears - Slowing Down 26Jan17

Bears have unique mechanisms for self-preservation during their months of hibernation.
25.01.2017

Hemp - Cash Crop 25Jan17

Low in THC, industrial grade cannabis is high in possibilities.
24.01.2017

Hemp - A Much Regulated Plant 24Jan17

Can you guess the origin of the word "canvas"?
23.01.2017

Hemp - Strong Fibers 23Jan17

Hempcrete, rope, canvas, absorbent bedding - just a few of the thousands of uses for this most versatile plant.
20.01.2017

Emerald Ash Borer - Saving a Species 20Jan17

Natural enemies, resistant genotypes - all part of the effort to save our ash trees.
19.01.2017

Seasonal Backyard Science - Insects 19Jan17

You can find springtails even in the winter!
18.01.2017

BioDesign - Close Up 18Jan17

The inventor of the Macronaut finds inspiration in nature's details.
17.01.2017

BioDesign - Seashell 17Jan17

What does a seashell have in common with a 3D printer?
16.01.2017

BioDesign - Enviro-Friendly Solutions 16Jan17

Could we replace things like luminescent paint with new products inspired by nature?
13.01.2017

Emerald Ash Borer - Woodpecker Allies 13Jan17

There's an easy way to see if an ash tree is infected by beetles.
12.01.2017

Emerald Ash Borer - Invasive Marauder 12Jan17

One species of insect is single-handedly wiping out entire forests of ash trees.
11.01.2017

BioDesign - Fog Water 11Jan17

Welcome to the living library!
10.01.2017

Appalachian Trail - Leave No Trace 10Jan17

Before you take a walk in the woods.....
9.01.2017

Appalachian Trail - Preservation 09Jan17

Improving conditions on the ever-popular AT.
6.01.2017

Appalachian Trail - Challenges 06Jan17

America's most famous hike is experiencing growing pains.
5.01.2017

Appalachian Trail - Origins 05Jan17

"Going to the mountains is going home." John Muir
4.01.2017

Lyme Disease - Opossums 04Jan17

An unsung hero in the prevention of Lyme Disease.
3.01.2017

Mummers Parade - History 03Jan17

The flamboyance of the Mummers' Parade arose from the masquerade balls of Philadelphia society.
2.01.2017

Mummers Parade - String Bands 02Jan17

Revered in Philadelphia since 1902.
30.12.2016

Year End Fire Watch 30Dec16

"Be careful with fire!" is the call heard throughout Tokyo neighborhoods on the last two evenings of the year.
29.12.2016

Lyme Disease - Tick Project 29Dec16

Testing two new ways of reducing ticks in suburban backyards.
28.12.2016

Wassail 28Dec16

An ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition lives on in Pennsylvania, where a group of friends celebrate by drinking to the health of apple trees.
27.12.2016

Lyme Disease - Mice 27Dec16

Tracking the animal most responsible for the spread of Lyme.
26.12.2016

Kwanzaa - Traditions 26Dec16

This week, millions of people around the world celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday with roots in the ancient harvest festivals of Africa.
23.12.2016

Christmas Eve in Woodstock 23Dec16

In the most famous small town in the world, the big question is how is Santa going to arrive this year?
22.12.2016

Christmas Bonfires - Tradition 22Dec16

Along the banks of the Mississippi River, a line of Bonfires lights the way for Papa Noel.
21.12.2016

Kalas 21Dec16

In Lindsborg, Kansas, folks still mark this time of year with traditions their ancestors brought from Sweden.
20.12.2016

Lyme Disease - Acorns 20Dec16

Two summers after a bountiful acorn year, is the riskiest time for human exposure to Lyme.
19.12.2016

Cyber Security-5G 19Dec16

Blazing speeds on an internet signal that can't penetrate walls - or even paper!
16.12.2016

Cybersecurity - Cloud to the Rescue

With our infrastructure increasingly dependent on computers, it's becoming more vulnerable.
15.12.2016

Cybersecurity - Warfare

The first line of defense is looking for anomalous behavior.
14.12.2016

Cybersecurity - IDing the Fridge

How do you do identity management for the "Internet of Things"?
13.12.2016

Santa Lucia - Waking Up

Serving sweet bread and wearing a crown of candles, young Swedish girls represent Saint Lucia in an early morning ritual.
12.12.2016

Santa Lucia - History

The ancient legends of Santa Lucia are still embraced by the Swedish culture, with rituals of light in the darkness of winter.
9.12.2016

Cybersecurity - Four Threats

Cybercrime, hacktivism, espionage and warfare!
8.12.2016

Cybersecurity - Hacking the Grid

A frightening new aspect of cybercrime is just beginning to emerge.
7.12.2016

Cybersecurity - Hacker to Defender

"The school administrator gave me my own network to play with in class so I would leave her network alone."
6.12.2016

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.
5.12.2016

Klausjagen - Celebration

With bells, whips and candles, a Swiss village celebrates St. Nicholas' Day.
2.12.2016

Sustainable Chemistry - Spinning Water

Why is the manufacturing of electric thin films like an amusement park ride?
1.12.2016

Hindukush Beekeeping - Honey Hunters

In the high cliffs of the Himalayas, colonies of bees produce prized honey - helping to sustain local ecosystems.
30.11.2016

Hindukush Beekeeping - Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous people of the Himalayan Hindukush region offer valuable knowledge to scientists studying bees.
29.11.2016

Africa - Surma Stick

Stick fighting - fierce and violent, all done in the name of love.
28.11.2016

Asia Bat - Data

What's more difficult than catching and tagging bats?
25.11.2016

Sustainable Chemistry - Thin Film

Never heard of thin film technology? You're probably carrying it with you right now,
24.11.2016

Thanksgiving - Foods

The first Thanksgiving probably bore the markings of a traditional American Indian meal.
23.11.2016

Soil Litter - The Food Web

There's a dense population under our feet that sustains life for us above the ground.
22.11.2016

Honeybees - Hive Body

A bee colony is like a microcosm of a human society.
21.11.2016

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.
18.11.2016

Viruses - Polio vs Flu

Why do we need to get a new flu vaccine every year when we only need one vaccination for polio?
17.11.2016

Viruses - Uncommon Cold

No cure for the Rhinovirus?
16.11.2016

Viruses - Sex

It once wiped out about a third of the world's population.
15.11.2016

Viruses - A Sense of Scale

How many viruses could fit onto the surface of a soccer ball?
14.11.2016

Viruses - Filterable Agents of Disease

They've been around for millennia, but it's only very recently that humans have actually discovered their existence.
11.11.2016

Viruses - On the Edge of Life

They're not technically alive or dead, so just what is a virus, anyway?
10.11.2016

Persimmon Harvest

An annual harvest of wild persimmons has been a lifelong tradition.
9.11.2016

Bird Feeders - Evolution of a Disease

Could bird feeders be helping a disease become more virulent every year?
8.11.2016

Bird Feeders - Pinkeye and Port Feeders

Pinkeye, a bacterial disease, is spread when infected birds use certain types of bird feeders.
7.11.2016

Bird Feeders - The Dark Side

That bird feeder in your backyard could be doing more than just feeding birds.
4.11.2016

Honeybees - Pesticides

Scientists are trying to better understand the risks of using pesticides on bee colonies.
3.11.2016

Honeybees - Queens

When bees lose their queen, the hive makes a distinctive sound.
2.11.2016

Honeybees - Importance

Honeybees play a crucial role in agriculture.
1.11.2016

Honeybees - Mites

Predatory insect mites are infecting honeybee hives, but pesticides used to control the mites just might be making things worse!
31.10.2016

Honeybees - Inside the Hive

With thousands of bees to feed, a hive needs a good store of honey to get through the winter.
28.10.2016

Underwater Discoveries - Testing

Before heading out to sea, a final test of an instrument designed to reveal some of the mysteries of the deep ocean.
27.10.2016

Lobsters - Surf Wars

Lobsters battle it out with their new neighbors.
26.10.2016

Lobsters - Motherhood

Imagine carrying your babies around by the thousands while swimming through rough seas.
25.10.2016

Lobsters - Courtship

From competition to cohabitation, the love life of lobsters!
24.10.2016

Lobsters - Picky Eaters

Lobsters taste their food with their feet!
21.10.2016

Fast

Perceived speed is a matter of how many body lengths are moving per second!
20.10.2016

Blink of an Eye

Our bodies have definite rhythms, some of which we're in touch with, and others as ephemeral as the blink of an eye.
19.10.2016

Body in Motion

Thoughts move through our brain at the speed of 70 miles an hour.
18.10.2016

Ocean Microbiology - CO2

If we're going to understand climate change, we need a better understanding of the microbiology of our oceans.
17.10.2016

Ocean Microbiology - Boreholes

Condo units for microbes?
14.10.2016

Ocean Microbiology - Transforming the Planet

The most abundant life forms on earth control the dynamics of our world, from the surface to the depths of the ocean.
13.10.2016

Cell Sounds - Death

The final sound?
12.10.2016

Cell Sounds - Diagnostics

Your heart sounds good! Let's hear what your cells have to say.
11.10.2016

Cell Sounds - Listening

The sound of one cell singing?
10.10.2016

Cell Sounds - Songs

Even the building blocks of life have gotten into the act.
7.10.2016

Passing Disease - Flies

Understanding the dynamics of a killer disease is a complex challenge, particularly in developing nations.
6.10.2016

Passing Disease - Water

Virtually everything we do to transform a landscape impacts the quality of our water.
5.10.2016

Passing Disease - Clues

Understanding the ecology of wildlife in Botswana is giving scientists clues as to how we may better control disease worldwide.
4.10.2016

Passing Disease - Resistance

A disturbing trend - microbes in the wildlife of Africa are becoming resistant to antibiotics.
3.10.2016

Passing Disease Across Species

Diseases are being transmitted between humans and animals in unexpected ways.
30.09.2016

Tree Rings - Not Every Tree Has Them

In regions without clearly defined seasons, a tree's rings are not easily identifiable.
29.09.2016

Mohonk - Peregrines

Will peregrine falcons return to their former roosting spots in the Hudson Valley?
28.09.2016

Madagascar's RR: Plants Rescue

Madagascar scientists found plants that were a low-cost solution for stabilizing hillsides.
27.09.2016

Tracker - Pressure Releases

Every footprint contains an intricate map of the creature who made it.
26.09.2016

Big Horn Sheep - Finding

Big Horn Sheep spend the first several months of their lamb's life high up on rock canyon ledges before finally coming down for water.
23.09.2016

Big Horn Sheep - Tracking

Field biologist Janene Colby tracks Big Horn Sheep in the sweltering heat of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
22.09.2016

Big Horn Sheep - Cliff Dwellers

If a desert big horn sheep feels threatened, it's all uphill from there.
21.09.2016

Big Horn Sheep - Temperature

Desert big horn sheep come equipped with a variable internal "thermostat" which allows them to survive in triple-digit temperatures.
20.09.2016

Big Horn Sheep - Superb Desert Dwellers

Desert big horn sheep have adapted to withstand extreme dehydration with ease.
19.09.2016

Katydids and Crickets - Thermometer

Telling the temperature by sound.
16.09.2016

Katydids and Crickets - Heard

Crickets and katydids sing for their mates, each species calling for love with a different tune.
15.09.2016

Katydids and Crickets - Noise

There's more to a cricket chirp than you might realize!
14.09.2016

Katydids and Crickets - Chorus

An entomologist gives us a tour of singing insects.
13.09.2016

Teakettle Acoustics

How does a tea kettle make its whistling sound? The answer isn't as simple as it may seem.
12.09.2016

3D Printing - Light and Strong

Structural supports created by 3D printing can support more weight while weighing less themselves!
9.09.2016

3d Printing - Applications

Invisible hearing aids and lightweight aircraft components are just two of the innovations spawned by 3D printing.
8.09.2016

3D Printing - Additive Tech

A technology that can create impossible structures.
7.09.2016

Katydids and Crickets - Discovery

Scientists learn something new about crickets and katydids by listening.
6.09.2016

Musical Brains - Lullabies

A musical form that transcends age and culture.
5.09.2016

Acoustic Ecology - Biodiversity

Measuring biodiversity by listening.
2.09.2016

Narwhals - Evolution

With an inside-out, eight-foot long tooth, it's a genuine evolutionary anomaly.
1.09.2016

Narwhals - Tusking

Tooth cleaning or a nuzzle? Maybe both!
31.08.2016

Acoustical Ecology - Sounds

How healthy is an ecosystem? Listen up!
30.08.2016

Termites: It's All in the DNA

The microbes in a termite's gut may provide a clue to hydrogen power.
29.08.2016

Termites: Insect Hydro-Power

Could termites be the key to a clean energy future?
26.08.2016

Narwhals - Sensitivity

How does a whale say 'ouch'?
25.08.2016

Narwhals - Inside Out

Teeth are ideally strong, hard, and pearly white, right? Not for narwhals!
24.08.2016

Narwhals - Dance of a Thousand Whales

Picture yourself sporting an eight foot tusk - and trying to dance.
23.08.2016

Narwhals - Tubes

Why would an animal swimming in frigid waters have an 8-foot long sensitive tooth?
22.08.2016

Narwhals - Legends

The animal that inspired the Unicorn has enough real life mysteries to keep scientists busy for years to come.
19.08.2016

Narwhals - Big Tooth

A fifteen-foot whale with an 8 foot-long tusk? Sounds like a fish story, but it's not!
18.08.2016

Manatees - Keeping Safe

The over-pumping of Florida's aquifers may endanger the manatee's future.
17.08.2016

Manatees - Red Tide

Their population has slowly been rising over last decade, but now they're facing a new threat to their survival.
16.08.2016

Bears - Churring

Grizzly bears don't growl when they're happy. They churr!
15.08.2016

Monkeys - Spider Rehab

You can train a monkey to shake hands, but can you retrain it to survive in the jungle?
12.08.2016

Water - Well Maintenance

Some tips for keeping well water safe.
11.08.2016

Water - Surface and Ground

When you're drilling a well, you want to make sure you're getting ground, not surface water.
10.08.2016

Monkeys - Social Dramas

Observing the behavior of Capuchin monkeys is a lot like watching a soap opera.
9.08.2016

Monkeys - Leaf Eaters

Costa Rican monkeys are adapting to human disturbances.
8.08.2016

Water - Drilling

Some insights on water quality from a veteran well driller.
5.08.2016

New Minerals - Fingerprint

There are about 5000 minerals known to science, and new ones are being discovered all the time.
4.08.2016

New Minerals - Discovery

Many of us are rock collectors at heart, but imagine discovering something new!
3.08.2016

Mushroom Hunting - Morels

On the trail of the world's most sought-after mushroom.
2.08.2016

Mushroom Hunting - Unseen World

In any forest, there's a complex interdependent web of life underground.
1.08.2016

Mushroom Hunting - What Lies Beneath

A mushroom is the visible part of a much larger organism.
29.07.2016

Psychiatry - Power of Labeling

Could simply being told you have a specific mental disorder effect your chances of recovery?
28.07.2016

Psychiatry - Periodic Table for the Mind

Computational Psychiatry aims to create a periodic table for the human mind, coupled with new kinds of technologies for studying social interactions.
27.07.2016

Psychiatry - Redefining Disorders

Sometimes there may be a fine line between what we call normal and what is not.
26.07.2016

Monkeys - Habituate

Feed a wild monkey, and you may alter its reproductive cycle.
25.07.2016

Earthquake Prediction

Although we can't pinpoint precisely when and where earthquakes will occur, we can still be prepared for them.
22.07.2016

Monkeys - Experiment

For Howler monkeys, eating their veggies is more than just a health issue.
21.07.2016

Tundra - Stored

Stored in Alaska's icy tundra is carbon that's hundreds and thousands of years old. Global warming may unlock this carbon, which could result in a runaway greenhouse effect.
20.07.2016

Earthquake Respone

When a large earthquake occurs, city planners and disaster teams need information fast about where and how best to respond.
19.07.2016

Monkeys - Capuchins

Inquisitive Capuchin monkeys brazenly forage for hidden sources of food.
18.07.2016

Monkeys - Finding Howlers

When searching for Howler monkeys, use your ears and exercise patience.
15.07.2016

Prevention Through Design - Implementing

Even when promising new ideas are developed by engineers, getting them implemented can be challenge.
14.07.2016

Sharks - Big Mako

While catching and tagging sharks, a sports fisherman turned ecologist sees them in a new light.
13.07.2016

Sharks - Squids Attack!

What weighs 100 pounds, has a beak and fights sharks?
12.07.2016

Monkeys - Crop Raiders

Humans aren't the only species to enjoy seasonal fruit.
11.07.2016

Monkeys - Costa Rican Model

Reserves account for 25 percent of Costa Rica. But these regions are isolated, which has a major impact on their wildlife.
8.07.2016

Prevention Through Design - Safety

A new field is encouraging engineers to include safety in every product or procedure.
7.07.2016

Prevention Through Design

How do we know new products and procedures are safe?
6.07.2016

Tundra - Pulling Roots

Even on a balmy day in Alaska, ice can be found just below the surface of the soil. But the ice is melting and the ecosystem may be in jeopardy.
5.07.2016

Tundra - Pumping Carbon

How would you measure the release of carbon from the vast landscape of Alaska's tundra? Think small.
4.07.2016

Sounds of July Fourth

Fireworks, marching bands, and words from some famous Americans.
1.07.2016

Tracker - Neverending Question

A good tracker never stops asking questions about their surroundings.
30.06.2016

Climate Change - Species at Risk

Australia's white lemuroid possum may be the world's first mammal to go extinct via global warming.
29.06.2016

Bat Diversity - Climate Change

A belly full of bugs or pregnant? The answer could have an impact on the population levels of Malaysian bats.
28.06.2016

Climate Change - Bower Birds

In the cloudforest of Australia, Bowerbirds build elaborate homes for their mates.
27.06.2016

Climate Change - Reptile Survey

Leaping lizards! Climate change researchers count reptiles in northeastern Australia.
24.06.2016

Tundra - Clipping

Science Diarist Ted Schuur is in Alaska's northern latitudes, using ordinary garden clippers and canning jars to conduct cutting edge climate research.
23.06.2016

Tundra - Finding a Sample

Climate change is having a significant impact on Alaska's tundra. And as frozen soils melt, the release of carbon may have a significant impact on our climate.
22.06.2016

Climate Change - DNA

DNA from reptiles and amphibians can help researchers see how they these animals have adapted to past climate change.
21.06.2016

Climate Change - Pushed Up the Mountain

In the highlands of Australia, animals trying to escape rising temperatures may soon have no place to go.
20.06.2016

Climate Change - Extinction

Small changes in climate can have a large impact on the creatures living in Australia's Carbine Tableland.
17.06.2016

Climate Change - Complexity

Unraveling an ecosystem to discover the effects of climate change is challenging work for Science Diarist Steve Williams.
16.06.2016

Climate Change - Cloud Stripping

Could climate change dry out a rain forest?
15.06.2016

Climate Change - Bird Count

In a cloudforest in northeastern Australia, chirping birds may provide clues about the effects of global warming.
14.06.2016

Ventana - We're Still Here

The Ohaloni Rumsin people proudly practice traditions of generations past.
13.06.2016

Ventana: Dances of Our People

A grandmother's story inspires a young boy to seek knowledge and share wisdom about his Indian heritage.
10.06.2016

The Bayaka - Glowing Spirits

Glowing spirits visit the Bayaka's nighttime ceremonies.
9.06.2016

Nanotech - Worts Case Scenarios

Could nanoparticles be toxic to humans and the environment?
8.06.2016

Nanotech - Lycurgus Cup

Did fourth century Rome know about nanotechnology?
7.06.2016

Nanotech - Staying Small

If they're going to retain their special properties, nanoparticles have to stay small!
6.06.2016

Nanotech - Think Thin

Is that a pen in your shirt pocket or the latest smartphone?
3.06.2016

Sibley - Warblers

The Holy Grail of bird watching is finding and identifying warblers, and the best month to go on this quest is May.
2.06.2016

Sibley - Drawing Birds

An accomplished avian artist continually refines his craft.
1.06.2016

The Bayaka - Boyobi

Before embarking on a hunt, the Bayaka must first convene with the spirits of the forest.
31.05.2016

The Bayaka - Net Hunt

The Bayaka, hunter-gatherers living in the rainforest of Central Africa, prepare for a community hunt.
30.05.2016

Sperm Whales - Breeding

How did Moby Dick make babies? Check out the Indian Ocean this week to find out.
27.05.2016

Sibley - Like An Oasis

Migrating birds find Central Park an oasis amidst the metropolitan landscape.
26.05.2016

Soil Litter - Temperate Zones

Climatic variances and geological history determine the biological make-up of soil.
25.05.2016

Soil Litter - Unidentified Species

Biology's latest frontier is as close as your own backyard.
24.05.2016

Sibley - Language of the Birds

Correctly identifying bird sounds is like earning a second language.
23.05.2016

Sibley - Birdwatching 101

Some tips on finding birds from the famous author/illustrator.
20.05.2016

Prevention Through Design - New Ideas

Try your hand at resigning a tool or household appliance.
19.05.2016

Food Science - Objectivity

Try objectifying pie without getting hungry!
18.05.2016

Hawks - Migration

If you're in New Jersey this week, look to the skies!
17.05.2016

Quantum Computers - Waves

How to understand Quantum Computers? Think waves.
16.05.2016

Physics Pioneer

A typical physics textbook takes up about 40 volumes - in braille.
13.05.2016

3D Calculus for the Blind

How do you begin to visualize a three dimensional graph if you're blind?
12.05.2016

Owl Feathers - Barred

These stealthy predators are named after the pattern on their feathers, which offers them near-perfect camouflage.
11.05.2016

Wildlife Veterinarian - Elephant Challenge

Imagine trying to give a wild elephant a physical.
10.05.2016

Wildlife Veterinarian - Gorilla Health

Wildlife is susceptible to many of the infectious diseases that afflict humans.
9.05.2016

Storm Ecology - Fish

What's a little extra water to a fish? Think floods.
6.05.2016

Dark Energy

Could Dark Energy be used as a power source?
5.05.2016

Dark Matter

According to astronomers, less than 5 percent of the content of the known universe is made up of "matter".
4.05.2016

Passenger Pigeons - De-extinction

Clone a Passenger Pigeon?
3.05.2016

Passenger Pigeons - They Darkened the Skies

Once one of the most abundant bird species on earth, Passenger Pigeons were hunted to extinction.
2.05.2016

Why is There Mass

Why should things have substance? Quantum Physics now has the answer.
29.04.2016

Science Frontiers - Higgs Boson Particle

Take "The Force" from Stars Wars and add a little molasses.
28.04.2016

Brain Research - MRI Therapy

MRI's not only to give us a view of the insides of our bodies, they can also be used as a form of therapy.
27.04.2016

Manatees - Gentle Giants

They have no enemies - except for people in boats.
26.04.2016

Manatees - Potato Sirens

What's got the face of a walrus, the tail of a beaver, and a body that resembles an enormous potato?
25.04.2016

Brain Research - Ultrasound and Parkinsons

A new use for ultrasound could change the way we treat brain disorders like Parkinsons Disease.
22.04.2016

Treating Brain Tumors - Translatable Process

If you can develop a technology to help a canine patient, it's readily translatable to humans.
21.04.2016

Brain Research - Plasticity

The brain's ability to learn and adapt is a key to understanding how to treat addiction, depression, traumatic injuries and other disorders.
20.04.2016

Elephant Seismic Detection - Via Toenails

An elephant listens with its feet!
19.04.2016

Elephant Seismic Detection - Underground Vibes

If you feel the ground shake, consider doing as the elephants do: listen DOWN.
18.04.2016

Brain Research - Language of the Brain

In order to most effectively treat disorders like Parkinsons Disease, we first have to learn the language of the brain.
15.04.2016

Brain Research - New Tools

Recent discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the brain and how it works.
14.04.2016

Soil - Nano Attraction

Can iron nanoparticles be used to clean up toxic waste?
13.04.2016

Animal Smarts - Doggie IQ

"Will Fetch For Food!" How do dogs go about solving their everyday problems?
12.04.2016

Mangroves - Shrimp Farms

A shrimp farm only lasts for five years. What happens after that?
11.04.2016

Treating Brain Tumors - Without Surgery

A new procedure may well change the way that cancerous tumors are treated.
8.04.2016

Treating Brain Tumors - New Procedure

A new form of cancer treatment involves no drugs and practically no surgery.
7.04.2016

Soil - Planet Skin

Some soils have taken hundreds of thousands of years to form.
6.04.2016

Privacy - Managing Anonymity

An app can help you navigate the info highway incognito.
5.04.2016

Ecotoxicology

By studying how contaminants influence wildlife, we may be able to learn how they effect human reproductive processes.
4.04.2016

Soil - Organic Filter

Every drop of water we drink has gone through a piece of soil.
1.04.2016

Smartphones - Losing Your Way

Can you get there from here if you're not here?
31.03.2016

Smartphones - Side Effects

Welcome to the Cellphone Sabbath.
30.03.2016

Privacy - Big Brother is a Corporation

It's convenience versus the loss of privacy, while someone - or something, is watching.
29.03.2016

Smartphones - Two Places at Once

The paradox of being physically present but psychologically absent.
28.03.2016

Smartphones - At What Price

Does the mere presence of a smartphone effect the quality of face-to-face conversations?
25.03.2016

Drones - Software Package

Forest and watershed mapping and inventories, habitat assessments, post-processing of data; it's all in a day's work for a research drone.
24.03.2016

Drones - New Tool For Research

Drones are giving scientists unprecedented ways to gather data.
23.03.2016

Poison Ivy - Citizen Science

Here's a way that you can help track and control poison ivy.
22.03.2016

Finches - Tough Life, Smart Bird

For birds, a bit of competition with their peers early on turns out to be a good thing.
21.03.2016

Finches - Learning to Sing

It all comes down to the tutor.
18.03.2016

Finches - Sounds Just Like Dad

If you're wooing a female finch, you'd better sound like her father.
17.03.2016

Algorithm of Discovery - Defining What Isn't

Is it possible to better understand what something is, by knowing what it is not?
16.03.2016

Antibiotics - Breaking Them Down

Antibiotics in cow manure? Composting can help degrade them before they end up in fertilizer.
15.03.2016

Antibiotics Underground

Farmers destroy the milk from cows treated with antibiotics. But the antibiotics could still impact the environment outside the farm.
14.03.2016

Antibiotics and Milk

What happens to the milk from cows who were given antibiotics?
11.03.2016

Algorithm of Discovery - A New Way of Seeing the World

New drugs, new kinds of materials, new insights into the dynamics of ecosystems - all from reinventing the way we categorize things.
10.03.2016

Algorithm of Discovery - New Ideas From Computers

HAL can open the pod door, but can he come come with a new concept?
9.03.2016

Privacy - Are We Giving it Away?

Every day, we're unknowingly gifting our personal information to corporations and service organizations.
8.03.2016

Hellbender - Bad Name, Good Sign

Though saddled with a dicey moniker, they're indicators of a healthy water ecosystem.
7.03.2016

Hellbender - King Salamander

North America's largest salamander can reach a length of two feet and weigh up to five pounds.
4.03.2016

Biological Invaders - Salvinia

Moving a species to a foreign environment may ultimately require importing another species to control the first.
3.03.2016

Biological Invaders - Ecology

Humans are largely responsible for the demise of the biological immunity of ecosystems.
2.03.2016

Biological Invaders - Adaptation

Disparate species are being unnaturally relocated without the benefit of time for adaptation.
1.03.2016

Water - Downstream From Mines

When you're downstream from a coal mine, you want to know what's happening upstream.
29.02.2016

Water - Security

In America we use four or five hundred liters of water per day per person, an amount far in excess of what's needed to actually survive.
26.02.2016

Water - Grey Water

Just because water isn't drinkable, doesn't mean it's not usable.
25.02.2016

Water - Using it Up

In many agricultural areas, we're draining water faster than it's being replenished.
24.02.2016

Water - Essential Resource

It's the one resource that's irreplaceable.
23.02.2016

Quats - Multiple Uses

Approximately 4000 new substances are registered each day and not all of these can be thoroughly tested before they are used in consumer products.
22.02.2016

Quats - Effects on Humans

A widely used category of chemical substances is coming under scrutiny for possibly having harmful side-effects.
19.02.2016

Quats

There's evidence that a chemical compound found in many home cleaning products is causing reproductive difficulties in animals in laboratory tests.
18.02.2016

Nanotech Water - Solid Waste

If nanoparticles from consumer particles end up in solid wastes, what effect could that have on the environment?
17.02.2016

Nanotech Water - Membranes

Wastewater plants typically don't filter out pharmaceuticals from our water supply.
16.02.2016

Nanotech Water - Caffeine

According to US Geological Survey, much of the fresh water in the US is contaminated by caffeine.
15.02.2016

Strokes - Drugs to Prevent

Scientists are trying to develop a drug that could help stroke patients maximize whatever bypass arteries they may have.
12.02.2016

Strokes - Collaterals

After a stroke, a specialized network of blood vessels redirects the flow of blood in the brain.
11.02.2016

Strokes - Surviving

Why is it that some patients are able to survive a stroke and others are not?
10.02.2016

Owl Inspired - Dynamics of Collaboration

A group of engineers working on a problem together can turn misunderstandings and miscommunications to their advantage.
9.02.2016

Owl Inspired - Quieter Blade

Engineers are trying to design a quieter turbine blade inspired by the structure of an owl's wing.
8.02.2016

Owl Inspired - Silent Flyers

An owl's wings are designed for stealth flying. But just how the design works is still a bit of a mystery.
5.02.2016

Science of Football - Better Helmets

Which is safer - a helmet made out of many thin layers or a solid piece?
4.02.2016

Science of Football - Weapons of Choice

In professional football, the advent of helmets and face masks leg to unexpected problems.
3.02.2016

Science of Football - Concussions

There's strong evidence that concussions can lead to a much more serious condition.
2.02.2016

Science of Football - Controlling Chaos

When a football hits the ground, it's time for a little chaos.
1.02.2016

Science of Football - Spin

Ever wonder why a football is shaped the way it is?
29.01.2016

Science of Football - Prolate Spheroid

You can throw a prolate spheroid - aka a football - a lot further than a basketball, or an inflated pig's bladder!
28.01.2016

HighTech in the Time of Cholera

Translating high-tech solutions for use in very low-tech environment.
27.01.2016

Design Robotics

It's like attaching different bits to a drill, but on a whole other scale.
26.01.2016

Computer Assisted Design

Custom parts? No problem. Using robots and computers, architects are developing new sets of tools and new ways of designing and constructing buildings.
25.01.2016

Trees of the Future

The trees that we plant trees today have been through drastic, dramatic climate change, and they're really a product of it.
22.01.2016

Trees That Don't Grow in Brooklyn

What kinds of trees wouldn't you want to have in an urban environment?
21.01.2016

Urban Planner

A canopy of trees helps to moderate the climate we experience as we're walking down a street.
20.01.2016

Lyme Disease - Prevention

If you're going for a walk in the woods, here are some tips on how to avoid being bitten by ticks.
19.01.2016

Lyme Disease - Year Round

Depending upon where you live, disease-carrying ticks can be active year round.
18.01.2016

The Story Behind the Dream

The surprising backstory of Martin Luther King's most famous speech.
15.01.2016

Untold Stories

Oral histories often reveal untold stories of people you may never find in a history book or a newspaper headline, but whose lives and work were truly significant.
14.01.2016

Hidden History

The stories of everyday people form an important and often overlooked part of our history.
13.01.2016

Lyme Disease - Spreading

For years, Lyme has often gone undiagnosed.
12.01.2016

Plough Monday - Tradition

Imagine a holiday like Halloween, with a bit of Mardi Gras thrown in, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what Plough Monday was like - in 18th century rural England.
11.01.2016

Plough Monday - Purpose

Once a year, riotous behavior gave farm workers an escape from social constraints in 18th century England.
8.01.2016

Smells - Memories

One of the strongest triggers of memory is odor.
7.01.2016

Smell - Miasmas

If it smells bad, it probably is bad for you. That was the prevailing wisdom once and for many years, it influenced the ways we tried to prevent the spread of disease.
6.01.2016

Three Kings Day - Parranda

It's Christmas caroling - Puerto Rican Style! In the days leading up to the Feast of Epiphany, the sounds of Parrandas are heard throughout the island.
5.01.2016

Three Kings Day - The Magi

One of our listeners returns to his homeland of Puerto Rico each year for the celebration of the Epiphany.
4.01.2016

Smell - Relentless Sense

We've developed lots of ways to cover our ears, but not so many ways to cover our noses.
1.01.2016

Yoiks - Carrying On The Tradition

The nomadic Sami herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form of story-song called a "yoik."
31.12.2015

Yoiks - Reindeer Jazz

An indigenous style of singing created by nomadic reindeer herdsman is kept alive in contemporary Scandinavia.
30.12.2015

Snapping Turtles - Mercury

In an ecosystem polluted by toxins like mercury, do mother turtles pass these substances on to their young?
29.12.2015

International Surprise

Human beings are apparently hardwired to remember things that surprise us. how does this translate to cultures where people typically aren't encouraged to deviate from the normal way of doing things?
28.12.2015

Quality Control

Is there a better way to improve service without monitoring calls and filling out surveys?
25.12.2015

Christmas - Trees and Mistletoe

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions may date back to the days before that holiday even existed.
24.12.2015

Christmas Bonfires - Construction

Working together to build 20 foot pyres of wood and wire, a family near New Orleans celebrates Christmas eve.
23.12.2015

Las Posadas

Las Posadas, celebrated in Mexico and in many Hispanic communities, commemorates Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem.
22.12.2015

Christmas - History

Believe it or not, there was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.
21.12.2015

Jonkonnu - Safety Valve

In the early 1800's, letting off steam at the annual Jonkonnu celebrations may have been a social safety valve.
18.12.2015

Jonkonnu - Reconstructing

A widely celebrated event during the 1800's inspired historians and local residents of eastern North Carolina to reconstruct its spectacle.
17.12.2015

Jonkonnu - Kome

Revelers of the Jonkonnu masquerade sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.
16.12.2015

Jonkonnu - Origins

In North Carolina, the festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England, and the Caribbean.
15.12.2015

Surprise

There's one sure way to make a memorable impression.
14.12.2015

Simulating Trucks Trains and Planes

If you want to design effective packaging, you'd better know how it will stand up to being transported in planes, trains and trucks.
11.12.2015

Kalas

In Lindsborg, Kansas, folks still mark this time of year with traditions their ancestors brought from Sweden.
10.12.2015

Pallets

In the world of package design, you have to think not only of the package itself, but what it's going to be resting upon.
9.12.2015

Sustainable Packaging

Packages that were previouly made out of plastic, are now being made out of bioplastics.
8.12.2015

Snapping Turtles - Nails

Why would anyone want to cut the toenails of a snapping turtle?
7.12.2015

Snapping Turtles - Capturing Clues

Snapping turtles are teaching us invaluable lessons about the effects of toxins on the environment.
4.12.2015

Rain - What's in a Raindrop

Microorganisms are part of the "recipe" for making rain, and rain not only cleans the atmosphere of microbes and airborne particles, it serves as a prime mover in stimulating microbial growth.
3.12.2015

Rain - Evolution in the Clouds

Why would bacteria evolve the ability to freeze cloud water at higher than normal temperatures?
2.12.2015

SciDi: Flavor - All in the Taste

Most scientists refrain from eating anything in their labs, and for good reason. But when it comes to flavor science, tasting chemicals is madatory.
1.12.2015

Wolves and Moose - Antlers

They're the largest antlered animal in the world and a lot faster that you'd expect them to be.
30.11.2015

Wolves and Moose - Mutual Control

On Isle Royale in Lake Superior, wolves and moose lead an interdependent existence.
27.11.2015

Wolves and Moose - Unexpected Connections

You might not expect the wolf population to effect the number of trees in an ecosystem - but it does.
26.11.2015

Thanksgiving Day Parade - Balloons

What does it take to handle a four-story high balloon?
25.11.2015

Thanksgiving Day Parade - Inflation Day

For many New Yorkers, watching the giant parade balloons being filled on the day before Thanksgiving, has become part of their holiday celebration.
24.11.2015

Diatoms Nanotechnology - Transformation

An innovative way is being developed to create nanomaterials - tiny bits of matter - using microscopic organisms called diatoms.
23.11.2015

Diatoms Nanotechnology - Shell Game

Diatoms are among the world's oldest and most ubiquitous creatures, and they may soon be an important part of one of the newest branches of science and technology.
20.11.2015

Dead Zone - From a Distance

Farming practices in the mid-west have an impact on the environmental conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
19.11.2015

Dead Zone - Solutions

Off the coast of Louisiana there's a region of ocean the size of the state of New Jersey that's virtually devoid of life.
18.11.2015

Dead Zone - Causes

Off the coast of Louisiana there's about 6000 square miles of ocean that're virtually devoid of life.
17.11.2015

Statistics - Unsung Heroes

Statisticians compile the hard evidence that forms the backbone of much scientific research.
16.11.2015

Statistics - Surprises

What are the factors that will cause a family to accept a new technology or not?
13.11.2015

Statistics - Behind the Numbers

Should hand pumps be installed in remote villages in Africa? That's the kind of question statisticians are called upon to answer.
12.11.2015

Diwali - Goddess of Good Fortune

The Hindu goddess of good fortune is worshipped during a ceremony of light and chanting, for blessings of spiritual wealth and enlightenment.
11.11.2015

Diwali - Bathing the Gods

Divine statues are bathed with milk, honey, and other symbolic offerings during the Hindu celebration of Diwali.
10.11.2015

Diwali

Diwali is a luminous celebration of enlightenment.
9.11.2015

Bats - Ears

A bat can change the shape of its ear in about one-tenth of a second!
6.11.2015

Bats - The Nose Knows

Many bats emit sounds through a "nose-leaf", which is like a little megaphone that surrounds the nostrils.