Research in Action Archive
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.
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.