Research in Action Archive
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.
13 August 2012, 04:06 PM ET
To test the performance of the smart materials, a shake table test was conducted on columns constructed with each material. Here, a roughly 8.0 magnitude earthquake is applied to a conventional steel and concrete bridge.
03 August 2012, 01:08 PM ET
University of Pittsburgh biomedical engineer and paralympian Rory Cooper explains how sports wheelchair rugby, racing and basketball are optimized through engineering.
03 August 2012, 12:47 PM ET
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius uses a pair of carbon fiber prosthetic legs while racing. Take a look at the engineering behind he prosthetics.
03 August 2012, 11:18 AM ET
Olympic gold medalist Byran Clay teams up with BMW engineers to measure the vertical and horizontal velocities of his long jumps.
01 August 2012, 01:24 PM ET
Medal contender Sarah Robies, a robotics engineer, using one of the world's most advanced robotic arms, explains how the explosive power needed to lift heavy weights is generated.
01 August 2012, 02:00 AM ET
A collaborative set of high-tech instruments is now capable of spotting planets orbiting suns outside our solar system.
31 July 2012, 04:59 PM ET
In order to achieve Olympic gold a divers biomechanics have to be flawless. A USC biomedical engineer explains the scientific complexities of the sport.
25 July 2012, 10:18 AM ET
A millisecond can be difference between victory and defeat - an electrical engineer from Georgia Institute of technology helps explain how computer, cameras, lasers and very accurate timekeeping systems measure performance.
24 July 2012, 11:09 AM ET
The biomechanics of the fastest man on Earth are analyzed by mechanical engineers from Stanford and MIT. Also, Usain Bolt talks about his weight training.
24 July 2012, 09:36 AM ET
A mechanical engineer from New York University's Polytechnic Institute explains the how helmets for olympics sports boxing, equestrian and cycling are designed and constructed.
23 July 2012, 12:55 PM ET
World Champion and medal contender Jenny Simpson helps explain how consistent impact on her legs from Track and Field leads to injuries. New training tech like the anti-gravity treadmill reduces the weight bearing impacts of world class runners.
23 July 2012, 10:18 AM ET
Medal contender Missy Franklin helps explain how fluid dynamics research, pool design engineering and athletic training go together...swimmingly.
17 July 2012, 01:08 PM ET
Aquarius Reef Base – 62 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic must get supplies and science materials to and from the surface. America's 'inner space station' has been doing underwater research since 1993.
16 July 2012, 05:22 PM ET
What it looks and feels like to dive on and "surface" within the Aquarius Reef Base laboratory and habitat.
16 July 2012, 05:11 PM ET
Aquanauts preparing for a mission to the Aquarius Reef Base perform a number of technical dive skills tests as part of an intensive safety and training program.
11 July 2012, 03:50 PM ET
Cornstarch and water combine for some fun with physics.
11 July 2012, 12:59 PM ET
An aluminum rod strikes the surface of a cornstarch and water suspension. But, rather than penetrating, the impacting rod causes the suspension below it to solidify, dragging the surrounding suspension down to form large bowl-like depression.
11 July 2012, 11:04 AM ET
Using a data "sonification" process, researchers at the pan-European GÉANT network have created melodies from the results of the Atlas experiment at the Large Hadron Collider - the experiment that found the so-called 'God Particle'.
03 July 2012, 02:47 PM ET
The upcoming #MissionAquarius initiative from OneWorldOneOcean.org aims to raise awareness of Aquarius Reef Base and the need for increased ocean exploration. Congressionally mandated budget cut is forcing NOAA to drop undersea research.
03 July 2012, 10:52 AM ET
The vessels are an important step toward artificial kidneys and livers.
29 June 2012, 10:15 AM ET
Time-lapse footage showing a MycoBondTM product forming within a mold as fungus grows around agricultural debris.
11 April 2012, 01:55 PM ET
These coatings are extremely water-repellent.
05 April 2012, 02:11 PM ET
Shara Fisler, founder of the Ocean Discovery Institute, inspires young people to discover the world around them.
04 April 2012, 03:55 PM ET
Mission: create a robot that can move as fluidly as a person.