Research in Action Archive
22 October 2012, 11:11 AM ET
A US Navy-trained beluga whale named NOC can imitate human speech. Wild belugas have long been informally called "sea canaries."
19 October 2012, 03:56 PM ET
Blurring the lines between chemistry, materials science, applied physics and applied mathematics, physical chemist Emily Carter is using fundamental scientific principles to predict the behavior of different materials (and renewable fuels).
17 October 2012, 04:54 PM ET
If you can see something on your computer, why shouldn't you be able to feel it? New technology records sensations allowing users to feel objects through computers. It’s called haptography or haptic (touch) photography.
17 October 2012, 01:46 PM ET
A simulated earthquake shakes furniture inside a bedroom on the shake table at the University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory.
15 October 2012, 11:58 AM ET
Arun Sood, co-director of the International Cyber Center at George Mason University, and his team work with developing countries to improve technical infrastructure and build computer emergency readiness teams (CERT).
15 October 2012, 11:41 AM ET
University of Wisconsin materials science and engineering professor Chang-Beom Eom and his team are looking closely at the properties of oxide materials and their potential to resolve the limitations of today's electronic devices.
15 October 2012, 11:21 AM ET
Much like the tricorder of early Star Trek, an advanced camera for high-resolution, single particle, cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM), is likely to reveal the secrets lives of biological structures.
15 October 2012, 11:13 AM ET
Science and industry collaborate to build one of the world’s most advanced electron microscopes to study and improve nano-materials, solar cells and many more tiny innovations which could have large positive impacts on society.
11 October 2012, 11:17 AM ET
George Mason University students tackle tough physics questions at world most famous CERN facility in Geneva, Switzerland. Real world science motivates far more than classroom studies.
05 October 2012, 02:06 PM ET
Scientists conducting a range of experiments on samples at the National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) in Denver, Colo., are shedding new light on the dimly understood history of Earth's climate.
03 October 2012, 09:17 PM ET
A research team at The University of Texas at Austin explores 3D renderings of how planets form.
03 October 2012, 03:18 PM ET
Natural habitats are shrinking as humans take over more land. This can lead to the disappearance of plants and wildlife. Wildlands Network is leading the way in connecting the remaining wildlife corridors in hopes to keep the gene pool flowing.
02 October 2012, 11:55 AM ET
Depletion of our atmosphere's ozone layer could have global impacts. But are humans responsible? Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are monitoring the situation.
01 October 2012, 11:34 PM ET
Seasonal data from ocean microbe studies are difficult to visualize. But patterns can emerge by ‘sonifying’ – mapping measurements to parameters of audible music. Biologist Peter Larsen, US-DoE Argonne National Lab got some bebop jazzy results.
27 September 2012, 07:35 PM ET
A decade of research leads to a deeper understanding of how genes interact.
26 September 2012, 04:03 PM ET
The carnivorous sundew plant uses snap tentacles to capture insects in under 75 milliseconds, scientists found.
25 September 2012, 02:07 PM ET
A female calf was born at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on September 17th, 2012. The Dolphin's underwater birth as well as mom and baby's first swim together are recorded.
21 September 2012, 01:04 PM ET
The spiral pattern of florets on a Sunflower is a guide for scientists to efficiently point solar plant mirrors. This design is being implemented at concentrated solar power plants.
21 September 2012, 10:19 AM ET
A recent expedition to the Chagos Archipelago, isolated islands in the Indian Ocean, captured video of thriving sea life swarming the slopes of a newfound underwater mountain. A rich community of sharks and other fish were revealed.
20 September 2012, 03:12 PM ET
San Francisco's Claire Dworksy is challenging the city's attempt to swap out a soccer field's natural grass for the rubber tire made kind. Her research found that neighboring sea life could be threatened by the water run-off from this fake grass.
19 September 2012, 11:00 AM ET
High school students from several states traveled across the world to study with a team of international researchers.
17 September 2012, 07:02 PM ET
The bee population is decreasing, which is great for reduced stings but very bad for apples, oranges, almonds and other produce. Bees are essential to plant reproduction and the World would see a significant crop shortage with their demise.
17 September 2012, 04:53 PM ET
Several students from across the United States traveled to Greenland in the research experience of a lifetime with Joint Science Education Progran (JSEP).
17 September 2012, 02:52 PM ET
In 'Back to the Future 2' Doc Brown's Delorean time machine was powered by leftovers in a garbage can. A company in Germany is collecting overripe vegetables from wholesale markets and turning them into car-powering biomethane.
17 September 2012, 01:04 PM ET
In West Oakland, California, a non-profit group called Planting Justice is making use of the city's 1,200 acres of empty lots and planting edible food. This is leading to ecological eduction and job opportunities...and access to healthy food.
13 September 2012, 02:34 PM ET
In the last fives years there has been a major increase in energy efficient products to hit the market. HVAC contractors can assess your home for new equipment and better insulation that can turn into major savings in the long run.
13 September 2012, 11:02 AM ET
A tiny heated steel sphere coated with the "no bubble" material and one without the coatingare cooled from 716 F, showing explosive bubbling only in the uncoated sphere. Research could lead to technology to prevent potential power plant disasters.
12 September 2012, 10:47 AM ET
Researchers at UC Davis found Western scrub jays screech in chorus when they see a dead kinsman.
31 August 2012, 01:19 PM ET
University of Illinois professor, William Sanders, leads a team in the fight against cyber attacks on the Nation’s critical systems.
22 August 2012, 10:37 AM ET
Hydrogen powered cars are expected on the market in a few short years.
20 August 2012, 12:00 PM ET
Scientists at Harvard have developed a substance, that they've dubbed Shrilk, with similar properties as those found in those little creepy creatures. It can be used to make garbage bags, diapers and more.
17 August 2012, 02:00 AM ET
Researchers have discovered combinations of smart materials to create safer bridges.