Research in Action Archive
12 February 2014, 02:02 PM ET
By quantifying the data from sea ice cores taken in the Arctic and Antarctic, scientists are developing powerful mathematic formulas for calculating ice melt.
11 February 2014, 01:18 PM ET
Amazing video shows the chemical reaction that takes place when a match is lit.
22 January 2014, 09:48 AM ET
Scientists use sound waves to make droplets dance in the air and to control their movements.(NOTE: The music is not the sound used to levitate the droplets).
15 January 2014, 10:34 AM ET
Researchers mounted cameras on falcons to study how these raptors mount aerial attacks to pursue their prey. The footage sheds light on the strategies used by falcons to intercept their targets mid-flight.
08 January 2014, 01:04 PM ET
Scientists in Finland have been studying 2000 children (from 3 different socioeconomic regions in Europe) to try and determine why there is a rise in diabetes in countries with a high standard of living.
18 December 2013, 02:25 PM ET
Scientists study the protein MitoNEET’s entwined arm movements, which could control the fate of potentially toxic payload.
18 December 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Nature's annual pick for 10 people who contributed to science spans research that includes an asteroid that broke up above Russia, and HIV in babies.
16 December 2013, 09:25 AM ET
At the beginning of this year, LiveScience asked scientists for their wishes for 2013. What discoveries did they yearn for? What trends did they love or hate in their fields? Now, we look back at the year to see if their wishes came true.
10 December 2013, 11:12 PM ET
Is Christmas too slow in coming? Why not liven things up with a little fun and interesting science? These activities are sure to while away some of those holiday doldrums.
10 December 2013, 04:29 PM ET
Diatoms, a type of algae, are an excellent way to measure climate change because of how they respond to the climate and how lake ecosystems might be affected by those changes.
10 December 2013, 02:24 PM ET
This video demonstrates how to perform a science experiment (making ooblek) using Google Glass.
10 December 2013, 12:49 PM ET
A new record for cold temperatures minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C) was set Aug. 10, 2010 on the East Antarctic Plateau. NASA scientists have figured out how our planet creates these bone chilling temperatures.
26 November 2013, 06:05 PM ET
Spectroscopes split light into different wavelengths. You can use them to determine the chemical composition of objects such as stars and elements.
07 November 2013, 12:48 PM ET
Check out this fascinating image of E.coli disrupting cell division.
04 November 2013, 09:00 AM ET
Fascinating video shows how using opposing ultrasonic speakers can levitate and hold droplets of water against gravity.
30 October 2013, 10:28 AM ET
Do these look like tentacles? Synthetic biology works with unnatural molecules and compounds to make tools familiar to natural biology.
29 October 2013, 12:50 AM ET
In these experiments, you will be making some observations that will help you gain a better understanding of weather.
23 October 2013, 06:19 PM ET
In this experiment, you will build a simple barometer and measure changes in atmospheric pressure.
23 October 2013, 02:03 AM ET
In this experiment, you will see some of the other factors that cause clouds and precipitation.
21 October 2013, 07:21 PM ET
A nearly complete skeleton of a baby Parasaurolophus gets a helicopter airlift out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. 
30 September 2013, 02:19 PM ET
The main ingredient in industrial plastic number 5, has been detected in the atmosphere of the Saturn moon. The propylene molecule was missing in Voyager 1's probe of the moon in 1980, and had baffled scientists until now.
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.