Research in Action Archive
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.
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).