Research in Action Archive
01 July 2015, 04:19 PM ET
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
25 June 2015, 05:35 PM ET
When large chunks of ice break off of a glacier and plop with a giant splash into the chilly water, the result can be lots of thunderous shaking.
23 June 2015, 07:22 AM ET
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the oldest computer.
18 June 2015, 07:22 AM ET
Researchers have found that the vast majority of brimstone — reverently referred to in biblical times as "burning stone," but now known more commonly as sulfur — dwells deep in the Earth's core.
17 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Photos from a search expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
17 June 2015, 02:36 PM ET
The search for Amelia Earhart is on (again).
12 June 2015, 05:03 PM ET
People who regularly eat peanuts may live longer, a new study from the Netherlands finds.
12 June 2015, 02:30 PM ET
There's only so much you can do to protect against Alzheimer's, a new study reveals.
10 June 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Unexpected algae leaves clues to an ancient environment
10 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A highway upgrade turned into an archaeological discovery in Israel.
10 June 2015, 11:16 AM ET
Your birthday isn't just for horoscopes; it can predict your risk for disease.
05 June 2015, 03:26 PM ET
A rare striped rabbit, seen only a handful of times, has peeked out of its tropical forest home, and a graduate student got the chance of a lifetime, holding and photographing the little guy.
02 May 2015, 03:05 AM ET
The physical discomforts of pregnancy as well as the emotional stress of this major life change can cause sleep problems and keep a mother-to-be awake at night.
29 April 2015, 06:59 PM ET
Researchers produced venom-spraying behavior in Parabuthus transvaalicus scorpions by simultaneously grabbing its tail and blowing a puff of air on the arachnid with a compressed air duster. 
28 April 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program successfully guided .50 caliber bullets to hit a moving target. The bullets' guidance system compensates for weather, wind and target movement.
26 March 2015, 11:58 AM ET
You need pond scum, desert-dwelling microbes and other seemingly useless creatures more than you probably think. Pure 'curiosity' research is advancing the quest to understand how brains — including your own — actually work.
24 February 2015, 12:55 PM ET
The University of Minnesota and the Center for Sustainable Polymers are using computer modeling to re-create plastic without using petroleum and natural gas. The goal is to create products that are less hazardous to the environment.
10 February 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Scientists at NYU are using lollipops to help understand how materials dissolve. "Flowing fluids generate unique shapes through erosion or dissolution," according to NYU assistant professor Leif Ristroph.
10 February 2015, 10:23 AM ET
Researchers recently unraveled the mystery of how popcorn pops, capturing the transformation from kernel to popcorn in extreme slow motion of 2000 frames per second; played here 100x more slowly.
17 December 2014, 01:42 PM ET
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s gene researchers are accessorizing plant varieties to improve edible crops’ structures, customizing them to growing conditions.
10 November 2014, 04:58 PM ET
The skeletons of two infants were found at the Upward Sun River site in central Alaska. They were found beneath the remains of a 3-year-old child that was cremated.
27 September 2014, 02:28 AM ET
Ancient platform sandals, a scuba diving record and a cannibalistic octopus are just a few of the best images in Science.
12 September 2014, 12:48 AM ET
Classical mechanics is the mathematical study of the motion of everyday objects and the forces that affect them.
22 August 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Patients with paralysis and other neuromotor disorders ‘paint’ pictures through ‘Embedded Arts,’ a rehabilitation biofeedback program created by researchers at Ohio State University. As time perception became suspended, patients felt less pain.
21 April 2014, 07:07 PM ET
Researchers tested 36 different species on two self-control tasks. In the first, the researchers hid treats in one of several containers. In the second, they hid treats in a transparent cylinder.
02 April 2014, 05:12 PM ET
Previous field tests at the Dachstein (Austria) cave in 2012.
10 March 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Two animated clips from a trick-roping model show what happens to a lasso when changing either the size of the loop or the rotation speed is changed. A trick roper demonstrates these skills in real life.
26 February 2014, 10:14 AM ET
The documentary "Particle Fever" tells the story of the launch of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Switzerland, and six of the scientists whose careers depend on what the LHC finds.
12 February 2014, 02:56 PM ET
The Research and Education Cooperative Occultation (RECON) catalogues outer solar system Kuiper Belt objects while training high school students with real astronomical science.
12 February 2014, 02:02 PM ET
By quantifying the data from sea ice cores taken in the Arctic and Antarctic, scientists are developing powerful mathematic formulas for calculating ice melt.
11 February 2014, 01:18 PM ET
Amazing video shows the chemical reaction that takes place when a match is lit.
22 January 2014, 09:48 AM ET
Scientists use sound waves to make droplets dance in the air and to control their movements.(NOTE: The music is not the sound used to levitate the droplets).
15 January 2014, 10:34 AM ET
Researchers mounted cameras on falcons to study how these raptors mount aerial attacks to pursue their prey. The footage sheds light on the strategies used by falcons to intercept their targets mid-flight.