Research in Action Archive
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.
08 January 2014, 01:04 PM ET
Scientists in Finland have been studying 2000 children (from 3 different socioeconomic regions in Europe) to try and determine why there is a rise in diabetes in countries with a high standard of living.
18 December 2013, 02:25 PM ET
Scientists study the protein MitoNEET’s entwined arm movements, which could control the fate of potentially toxic payload.
18 December 2013, 01:00 PM ET
Nature's annual pick for 10 people who contributed to science spans research that includes an asteroid that broke up above Russia, and HIV in babies.
16 December 2013, 09:25 AM ET
At the beginning of this year, LiveScience asked scientists for their wishes for 2013. What discoveries did they yearn for? What trends did they love or hate in their fields? Now, we look back at the year to see if their wishes came true.
10 December 2013, 11:12 PM ET
Is Christmas too slow in coming? Why not liven things up with a little fun and interesting science? These activities are sure to while away some of those holiday doldrums.
10 December 2013, 04:29 PM ET
Diatoms, a type of algae, are an excellent way to measure climate change because of how they respond to the climate and how lake ecosystems might be affected by those changes.
10 December 2013, 02:24 PM ET
This video demonstrates how to perform a science experiment (making ooblek) using Google Glass.
10 December 2013, 12:49 PM ET
A new record for cold temperatures minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C) was set Aug. 10, 2010 on the East Antarctic Plateau. NASA scientists have figured out how our planet creates these bone chilling temperatures.
26 November 2013, 06:05 PM ET
Spectroscopes split light into different wavelengths. You can use them to determine the chemical composition of objects such as stars and elements.
07 November 2013, 12:48 PM ET
Check out this fascinating image of E.coli disrupting cell division.
04 November 2013, 09:00 AM ET
Fascinating video shows how using opposing ultrasonic speakers can levitate and hold droplets of water against gravity.
30 October 2013, 10:28 AM ET
Do these look like tentacles? Synthetic biology works with unnatural molecules and compounds to make tools familiar to natural biology.
29 October 2013, 12:50 AM ET
In these experiments, you will be making some observations that will help you gain a better understanding of weather.