Research in Action Archive
14 February 2013, 04:54 PM ET
Scientists, teachers and journalists descend on Boston to talk new discoveries.
13 February 2013, 10:56 AM ET
The false sightings have implications for human psychology and eyewitness reliability.
30 January 2013, 02:17 PM ET
From 2005 to 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey-Cascades Volcano Observatory operated a remote camera on Mount St. Helens. The time-lapse sequence shows Crater Glacier's remarkable runaway response to a growing lava dome in the volcano's crater.
17 January 2013, 02:27 PM ET
A model was created of a 'Skartopus australis' track found in Australia. Its thought that the tracks were made by probably by a short-toed ornithopod trackmaker toes as they dragged against the bottom of the river.
14 January 2013, 04:25 PM ET
Researcher David Jansen shot this video while tracking down mongooses on September 30, 2009, in Mweya, western Uganda. His team found that banded mongooses combine vowel-like sound segments in a way that was thought to be unique to human speech.
14 January 2013, 12:01 PM ET
Just like humans, chimps use social punishment to enforce fairness when playing an economic game called the ultimatum game.
08 January 2013, 09:03 PM ET
Corning demonstrated their new scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3, which improves upon last years version with a higher tolerance for scratches and shattering. The specially formulated glass should start appearing in products later this year.
04 January 2013, 03:18 PM ET
Nopoli waterfall-climbing gobies use the same muscles for feeding and climbing, researchers have found.
04 January 2013, 08:52 AM ET
Monitoring brain activity while kids watch Sesame Street may give a more accurate indicator of children's learning and brain development in the real world.
03 January 2013, 04:02 PM ET
Sometimes mRNA localizes to a specific region of the cell, where the protein it encodes does its task. Here, the mRNA that encodes a protein involved in cell movement moves to the leading edge of a migrating cell.
14 December 2012, 02:39 PM ET
Dr. Paramjit Joshi, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's National Medical Center, talks about ways to help children deal with tragic events. [Courtesy of]
13 December 2012, 04:17 PM ET
A camera trap captured video of a mother tiger and her two cubs in a protected Sumatran forest, the first evidence of breeding in this location.
13 December 2012, 09:53 AM ET
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a complex robot which moves in a more lifelike manner.
11 December 2012, 04:04 PM ET
Certain short-stemmed plant species have evolved to utilizing falling rain drops to disperse their seeds.
11 December 2012, 03:38 PM ET
These tiny, flying 'bots' could one day help with search and rescue, weather mapping.
05 December 2012, 06:46 PM ET
Science lessons from across the country combined with hands-on experiences intrigue students.
30 November 2012, 09:40 AM ET
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to track trash. They are doing this to get a better sense of people's disposal habits, which they hope will improve recycling efforts.
21 November 2012, 06:20 PM ET
Future manufacturing could be revolutionized.
21 November 2012, 11:52 AM ET
A group of Emperor penguins synchronously diving from an ice edge. Emperor penguins in Antarctica rely on sea ice to rest between feeding dives and avoid predators.
19 November 2012, 10:42 AM ET
The Pine Island Glacier huge crack has been flown over once again by the NASA's Operation IceBridge. New measurements shows a widening and lengthening of the original and the formation of a second fracture. The data shows it prime to calve.
14 November 2012, 05:17 PM ET
By studying how planarians re-form scientists may move one step closer to replacing human tissue and cells.
14 November 2012, 02:54 PM ET
Researchers turn brain activity into music using EEG in the first two clips, and a combination of EEG and functional magnetic resonance imaging in the final tune.
14 November 2012, 10:48 AM ET
Roboticists are developing fish-looking machines to help save fish from manmade underwater perils such as turbine blades. Movement of the robo-fish's tail draws fish towards it.
01 November 2012, 11:26 AM ET
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME - Physicists have figured out why the bottom of a water-filled glass bottle shatters when you slap the top of the bottle.
31 October 2012, 12:18 PM ET
Landslides from the 2010 earthquake are helping to reveal Haiti's past.
31 October 2012, 11:15 AM ET
A small, surgically implanted glass window lets researchers watch the real-time development of cancer in the liver, spleen, kidney and small intestine in mice.
25 October 2012, 01:22 PM ET
Underwater microphones have captured these peculiar sounds in the deep sea.
24 October 2012, 04:08 PM ET
A solid state, high-energy laser (HEL) disables the engines of small test boat. U.S. Office of Naval Research conducted the test from the former USS Paul Foster's deck.
24 October 2012, 02:54 PM ET
Some sand dunes sing haunting melodies. New research shows that sand grains of a certain size tend to produce resonant notes around 90Hz (low cello; bass clarinet; bassoon range).
23 October 2012, 03:31 PM ET
When presented with visual flashes of a black disk and audible beeps, the number of beeps may dictate how many disks you see. Illusion discovered by Ladan Shams, Yukiyasu Kamitani, and Shinsuke Shimojo.
22 October 2012, 02:18 PM ET
On hotter soil, beetles often climb onto their dung ball, performing a leg to mouth preening behavior, and cooling their front legs
22 October 2012, 11:55 AM ET
Mitik the baby walrus was orphaned off the coast of Barrow, Alaska, and rescued by fishermen. After a stint at the Alaska SeaLife Center, he has moved to his new home at the New York Aquarium where he is receiving round-the-clock care from the staff.