Behind the Scenes Archive
15 October 2010, 03:38 AM ET
Ashley Golphin explores the forests of Puerto Rico, while investigating the effects of land use on tropical stream ecosystems.
08 October 2010, 03:07 AM ET
Microbes called fungal endophytes turn needle grass toxic. The plant is known as "sleepy grass" for its sedating effects on animals. Researchers are studying these endophytes because of their impact on livestock grazing and native grasslands restoration.
01 October 2010, 03:20 AM ET
Rice University student Jun Yao has found a new way to make computer memory chips. His discovery could revolutionize the budding field of nanoelectronics.
24 September 2010, 04:24 AM ET
Material scientists at NYU use a compression machine to study how bones split and shatter. The results may ultimately help physicians better diagnose and treat injuries and aid engineers as they improve protection for military and civilian armor, includi
17 September 2010, 02:51 AM ET
Scientists interpret the sound of the sun
10 September 2010, 04:54 AM ET
Scientists research the cause of motor neuron disease using worms. The research may help scientists find treatment for neurological diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
03 September 2010, 05:04 AM ET
Staff at NSF’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.V. recently aided in the successful rescue of soldiers from a crashed military helicopter.
27 August 2010, 03:21 AM ET
Scientists study the effect of stress on brain function in adolescents and adults.
06 August 2010, 03:16 AM ET
Improved 3-D simulations force scientists to reevaluate the Sun's composition. Results show the amount of carbon and oxygen in our star is 30 to 40 percent lower than previously believed.
30 July 2010, 06:16 AM ET
A brain chemical involved in both learning to be afraid and curbing existing fear might one day serve as a drug to help prevent anxiety and the after-effects of trauma.
29 July 2010, 05:38 AM ET
An experimental psychologist studies all forms of motion sickness, including cybersickness – a phenomenon that occurs in virtual reality environments such as those displayed by 3D movies.
23 July 2010, 04:15 AM ET
Scientists propose small molecules helped DNA and RNA come together, allowing the first life to form
16 July 2010, 03:51 AM ET
Computer scientists are fighting back against hackers with the company The project aims to address the security of websites, which are often unprotected and sitting targets for hackers.
14 July 2010, 12:16 PM ET
TRX navigation technology picks up where GPS leaves off – safeguarding personnel indoors, underground, and in other GPS-denied areas.
09 July 2010, 04:11 AM ET
Physicists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to develop a new method to sequence the human genome that will make the dream of the $1000 genome a reality.
02 July 2010, 03:43 AM ET
Ecologist Kevin Jernigan studies how the indigenous Aguaruna of the Peruvian Amazon view ecological relationships between birds
25 June 2010, 04:28 AM ET
Scientists have found a way to to measure and rank the success of soccer players based on an objective measure of performance instead of opinion
18 June 2010, 03:28 AM ET
Molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria communicate using a chemical language, a process known as quorum sensing. The work may help scientists develop new types of antibiotics.
11 June 2010, 09:42 AM ET
Biologist Mikhail Matz studies how corals evolve. He is hoping to catch evolution in action as corals adapt to the ever-changing ocean environment, which gets warmer and more acidic every year
07 June 2010, 10:08 AM ET
Engineer John Schmitt is trying to develop legged robots that can easily run over the roughest surfaces. He uses cockroaches and other animals as models for the robot design.
01 June 2010, 05:08 AM ET
Using magnetic fields and cells containing magnetic nanoparticles, researchers have demonstrated that levitated cells can grow into three dimensional tissue that may resemble real human tissue much more closely than cells grown with traditional methods on
14 May 2010, 05:52 AM ET
A gradual dying out of large mammals 15,000 years ago, lead to the disappearance of certain plant populations, a new study says. The findings contradict pervious ideas that climate change or human hunting could have killed off these plants.
07 May 2010, 04:32 AM ET
Research entomologists Louis Hesler and Mike Catangui simultaneously discovered specimens of the "lost ladybugs" they were seeking on a scouting expedition to the South Dakota Badlands in June 2008.
30 April 2010, 04:53 AM ET
Advanced computing is crucial to drug discovery efforts, researchers say. They can simulate the binding of virtual proteins and ligands, which allow chemists to screen vast pools of possible compounds faster than would ever be possible in the laboratory.
23 April 2010, 06:13 AM ET
Primatologists Brain Hare thinks humans can learn a thing or two from bonobos. One of his recent studies found these apes enjoy sharing, while chimps don't
22 April 2010, 05:02 AM ET
Ecologists James Elser is advocating for sustainable use of the element phosphorus. This element plays an important role in humans society.
21 April 2010, 11:40 AM ET
Northwestern University are studying bacteria that might be able to tackle two environmental issues at once: leeching heavy metals from the soil while at the same time consuming the greenhouse gas methane.
16 April 2010, 07:00 AM ET
Chinese consumer demand study that analyzes consumer preferences and willingness-to-pay for select food safety attributes in pork.
09 April 2010, 08:44 AM ET
A study finds that warming rates and snow cover decline in Eurasia may be twice what they are in North America.
02 April 2010, 06:12 AM ET
A University of Arizona ecologist studies how climate change is impacting vegetation in the Sonoran Desert.
26 March 2010, 06:24 AM ET
Geoscientists Chris Marone and Cristiano Collettini travelled to the Isle of Elba to sample a tectonic fault that breaks most of the rules of fault mechanics. Their work reveals why these faults slip.
19 March 2010, 06:44 AM ET
Doctoral student in ecology survives earthquake in Haiti to continue her work promoting sustainable tree farming
12 March 2010, 08:23 AM ET
Biologists Thomas Park studies naked mole rats and has found these strange animals can live long periods without oxygen and are immune to certain types of pain
05 March 2010, 08:47 AM ET
Environmental engineer Michael Nassry studies glacial streams from melting glaciers in Alaska.
26 February 2010, 06:51 AM ET
Environmental engineer Marc Edwards takes a closer look at the nation’s water supply.
24 February 2010, 12:37 PM ET
Radio survey of dwarf galaxies seeks to explain ongoing star formation.