Research in Action Archive
27 September 2013, 04:13 PM ET
This self-proclaimed "Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence," who regards the basketball superstar as his biggest influence, talks about computer science and his personal-professional journey.
18 September 2013, 02:19 PM ET
Modular robots like these Cubelets use individual pieces designed for a specific function like movement, sensors, or lights, that can be pieced together by children, learning simple computational thinking along the way.
18 September 2013, 02:16 PM ET
Water from different parts of the world has different isotopes, and understanding how they move, mix, and eventually return to where they started helps scientists better understand the water cycle, changing weather patterns, and the possible effects
17 September 2013, 09:43 AM ET
Time-lapse footage shot by an Associated Press photographer shows the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship being pulled completely upright during a complicated, 19-hour operation.
09 September 2013, 02:59 PM ET
Megalomyrmex symmetochus guest ants recruit nestmates to protect their Sericomyrmex amabilis host from Gnamptogenys raiders. Toxic alkaloid weaponry is used by the guest ants.
13 August 2013, 05:35 PM ET
Physicists have levitated diamonds using a laser for the first time, potentially opening up new possibilities in the field of quantum computing.
22 July 2013, 05:28 PM ET
These science experiments on the properties of soil are appropriate for 6th, 7th or 8th grades.
18 July 2013, 12:10 PM ET
Amy Gardner looks at some of the ways humans are trying to modify themselves to beat machines. She meets a cybernetics professor who turned himself into a cyborg, and looks at the pros and cons of a cognitive enhancing drug.
17 July 2013, 12:01 PM ET
25,000 light years from Earth, at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a super-massive black hole has so distorted space-time that a cloud of gas, ripped from nearby stars, has stretched and accelerated to more than 1% the speed of light.
11 July 2013, 06:30 PM ET
Here are a few science fair project ideas for high school students.
11 July 2013, 04:21 PM ET
There are several types of science fair projects. Make sure you understand the rules and procedures when selecting a topic.
08 July 2013, 05:16 PM ET
When challenged by microgravity, living organisms’ genes can ‘turn on,’ transforming growth. Scientists at Zero Gravity Solutions work to direct cells toward healthier, hardier strains. It’s not genetic engineering, but accelerated hybridiza
24 June 2013, 03:10 PM ET
NEON's resources will catapult forward the science of ecology as well as help improve public understanding of environmental change and promote science-based decision-making on natural resource issues.
24 June 2013, 11:42 AM ET
Arctic-permafrost holds more carbon than all fossil-fuel emissions since record-keeping began in 1850. NASA's Carbon in Arctic Reservoir's Vulnerability Experiment (CARVE) monitors melting which could expose carbon, accelerating global warming.
24 June 2013, 07:02 AM ET
The winners of the 2013 Research as Art contest at Swansea University.
06 June 2013, 04:59 PM ET
In this easy experiment, students can extract a bit of their own DNA.
22 May 2013, 06:40 PM ET
These fun science experiments for kids are perfect to do outside where spills don’t matter, and a plastic wading pool makes a perfect laboratory.
09 May 2013, 04:45 PM ET
Images reveal the amazing world of science.
08 May 2013, 05:33 PM ET
Children are natural scientists. Here are some easy science experiments for kids. These teach them about the world around them.
02 May 2013, 12:28 PM ET
Tests of the mysterious skeleton, believed by some to be an alien, have so far revealed only human DNA.
01 May 2013, 04:02 PM ET
In harsh arctic regions, it's very tough to get good data while on the ground. Researchers at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) use aircraft including unmanned UAV drones and elegant new software modelling to watch changes in ice.
01 May 2013, 10:12 AM ET
IBM researchers created the world's smallest stop-motion film using a scanning tunneling microscope to precisely place thousands of carbon atoms in nearly 250 frames.
16 April 2013, 10:29 AM ET
Researchers at Indiana University are looking at the link between the taste of beer and dopamine release in the brain.
16 April 2013, 09:58 AM ET
UCLA campus folks were asked to guess one of four motion possibilities. Using cell-phone style cameras and elegant algorithms, researchers found the true answer.
15 April 2013, 10:05 AM ET
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully bioengineered a kidney chimera by animating donor organs using stem cells.
10 April 2013, 11:09 AM ET
Researcher Joseph Bahlman designs a robotic flapper inspired by bats incredible wings.
09 April 2013, 09:29 AM ET
Scientists wired together the brains of a sleeping mouse and an awake human. When the man focused on a flickering pattern, an ultrasound generator stimulated the part of the rodent's brain responsible for flicking its tail.
21 March 2013, 12:59 PM ET
Scientists have found a way to make DNA self-assemble into spheres, corkscrews, and other shapes, the first step towards creating nano-robots for the human body.
14 March 2013, 02:23 PM ET
Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider say results from the latest round of research suggest the particle's spin mirrors that of a Higgs.
11 March 2013, 04:39 PM ET
The animation shows how the massive earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 caused ripples in the atmosphere. As sound waves from the earthquake travelled upwards, they caused changes in air density that were detected by the GOCE gravity satellite.
11 March 2013, 04:14 PM ET
Two particles accelerated at each other distort to pancake shapes and then form a black hole.
22 February 2013, 09:01 AM ET
Scientists observed a new type of gravity wave (one that moved from star-shaped to polygon-shaped) in silicon oil placed in tanks and vibrated on a shaker table.