Research in Action Archive
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 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.
28 March 2012, 03:53 PM ET
Put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound (130 kilogram) fish together, and who comes out the winner?
21 March 2012, 02:14 PM ET
New chips let researchers 'watch' a cell making proteins in real time.
14 March 2012, 03:00 PM ET
See the Pescadores Fault before and after a quake.
08 March 2012, 09:14 AM ET
Fluctuating hormones may influence alertness and fear.
09 February 2012, 04:19 PM ET
A gallery of breathtaking images that resulted from scientific research conducted by researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
08 February 2012, 06:05 PM ET
The tiny water bacterium Caulobacter crescentus secretes a sugary substance so sticky that just a tiny bit could hold several cars together.
27 January 2012, 04:30 PM ET
A gallery of man-made coral nurseries, which are used to nurture and grow various coral species.
20 January 2012, 11:22 AM ET
A new exhibit celebrates the life of noted physicist Stephen Hawking.
12 December 2011, 05:39 PM ET
Physicists have searched for it for years, but what is the Higgs boson supposed to do, exactly?
07 November 2011, 03:00 PM ET
Jennie Russ ventures in to the Guatemalan rain forest to find new insects and friendships.
26 October 2011, 03:40 PM ET
A new sleep study has shown that realistic, scary alien encounters and abductions can be dreamed up.
12 October 2011, 02:08 PM ET
A petri dish full of bacteria — genetically engineered glowing bacteria, looks like it could grace the front of a postcard from Key West.