Behind the Scenes

These Behind the Scenes articles were provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
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Modern Worldwide Danger Blooms from Ancient Bacteria
Toxic bloom in Lake Taihu, China
December 9th, 2014
Research results will have implications for many other lakes in the U.S. and around the world that are also experiencing toxic blooms.
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Innovative Entertainment Model Designed to Get Kids Outside
Plum Landing Logo

July 31st, 2014
The new online production, Plum Landing, teaches kids core science concepts and gets them exploring their worlds through online webisodes, games, an app, videos and hands-on activities.
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Predicting How Biodiversity Affects Disease
collecting samples from skin
July 16th, 2014
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
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Engineering a Better Food Bank
Researchers visit a food bank
December 8th, 2014
Fairly and efficiently distributing food is a large and complicated problem and a team of engineers set out to make it work better.
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Frog Population Decline Linked to Killer Pathogen
Wood frogs are highly susceptible to ranavirus

July 28th, 2014
Ranavirus may be partly to blame for dwindling frog populations.
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Kids and Science Good for More than Just a Grade
Human-safe insecticide?
July 14th, 2014
A sixth-grade student’s science fair project led to the discovery that erythritol, a sugar alcohol in Truvia, may be a human-safe insecticide.
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Thanks, Dad: Owl Monkeys Are Caring Fathers, Too
An owl monkey father and baby

June 13th, 2014
Patricia Wright of Stoney Brook University explains why owl monkeys are devoted fathers and nocturnal.

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Swallows Of The Western Skies
tree swallows perch in fields around Ithaca, New York
September 5th, 2014
An international team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions.
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Citizen Science Aims to Clean Up Pacific Plastics
COASST interns size up a plastic bag which can be a hazard for sea turtles
July 28th, 2014
COASST studies seasonal patterns of ocean debris to aid in the clean up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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Tech Sandbox: The Playground of Neural Engineering
Unicorns fly in a game designed by students at Tech Sandbox

June 25th, 2014
This University of Washington course and competition encourages students to create projects the incorporate the core principles of neural engineering.
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