Behind the Scenes Archive
12 December 2008, 04:35 AM ET
A lab is developing a solar cell that can absorb more of the sun’s energy for electricity production.
28 November 2008, 05:33 AM ET
A researcher collects spider silk strands and combs through glands to find the genetic blueprints for silk making.
21 November 2008, 05:28 AM ET
What is the total cost of the introduction of non-native species into the Great Lakes?
14 November 2008, 04:22 AM ET
Smoke and lasers are used in wind tunnel to unravel airflow mysteries of wind turbines.
07 November 2008, 05:56 AM ET
A scientist can make tiny, metallic objects swim using nano-motors.
31 October 2008, 04:54 AM ET
A scientist studies lemurs, the crown jewels of evolution in Madagascar.
24 October 2008, 05:30 AM ET
Bread mold is helping scientists learn about our biological clocks.
17 October 2008, 05:23 AM ET
An engineer has devised a brand new material that can save energy and lives.
10 October 2008, 05:07 AM ET
Smashing atoms and ciphering the spray of particles can reveal the cosmic origins of elements.
03 October 2008, 05:12 AM ET
A study of nutrient transport and macro-micro mixing in the small intestine is going 3-D.
26 September 2008, 05:44 AM ET
When teaching is in your chromosomes
19 September 2008, 05:17 AM ET
The way organs grow affects the way species evolve.
12 September 2008, 09:23 AM ET
Not in my wildest dreams did I anticipate the fossil riches that we would discover on our first expedition to the island of Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa, back in 1993.
05 September 2008, 06:33 AM ET
On a cloudless mountaintop in the Andes, researchers train their eyes toward the sky.
29 August 2008, 10:44 AM ET
I study chimpanzee health. I want to determine how and why they are getting sick and dying.
22 August 2008, 04:48 AM ET
Many think letting a fire destroy many homes hurts the welfare of Californians and dampens the economy. But how do we save people, homes, and firefighters?
15 August 2008, 05:05 AM ET
Little did I know this interview would begin an adventure to Hawaii, where I would document ongoing research on the endangered Hawaiian Petrel and go probing in lava tubes for extinct and endangered bird bones.
08 August 2008, 05:21 AM ET
In total, this night we discover 8 different species of luminescent mushrooms, more than is known from any single site anywhere in the world.
01 August 2008, 05:15 AM ET
Polymers can be made to glow or change colors when activated by light or electric charge. This makes them good candidates for a new type of display screens based on polymer light-emitting diode (PLED) technology.
25 July 2008, 05:20 AM ET
One Sunday afternoon last February, the YouTube website disappeared from the Internet. YouTube didn’t take it down.
17 July 2008, 08:57 PM ET
Atoms at room temperature move at about 500 feet per second, but after we cool them they move at mere tenths of an inch a second, about 10 times slower than the top speed of a common garden snail. How do we accomplish this feat?
11 July 2008, 05:49 AM ET
Every time you spray an odor-remover like Febreze on a stinky carpet, you unleash good-smelling chemicals that are carried in neat little protective molecules called molecular containers.
07 July 2008, 09:43 AM ET
If the white blood cells of our immune system—particularly the powerhouse "killer" t-cells—could easily identify cancer, they would become a nanoscale army dedicated solely to eradicating mutated cells.
27 June 2008, 09:03 AM ET
Crop scientists at Ohio State University have cloned a gene that controls the shape of tomatoes.
20 June 2008, 05:49 AM ET
Do people have no choice but to live in a land that regularly suffers fires, landslides and earthquakes?
13 June 2008, 08:10 AM ET
It marks the first time scientists had clearly picked up a strong sonar signal for squid, which lack the bones and swim bladders that give away other marine creatures.
30 May 2008, 04:49 AM ET
As a graduate student, explaining what you do for your research isn’t always easy. For me, the long explanation is that I look at renewable energy technologies for developing communities, specifically options for cooking and heating in rural China. The
19 May 2008, 01:16 PM ET
Engineer delves into biology to investigate stem cell differentiation.
15 May 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Computational physicist models liquids for the big screen, gets Oscar.
09 May 2008, 05:15 AM ET
Mapping mountains and valleys of fossil teeth can shed light on ancient humans' diets.
01 May 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Scientists explore the amazing biodiversity and freaky fish of the lower Congo River.
24 April 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Biologists digs up yellow jacket nests from homeowners yards to study in lab.
17 April 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Surgeons teams up with mechanical engineers to create better metal plate to fix broken jaws.
10 April 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Physicists creating computing network to handle flow of data from Large Hadron Collider.
03 April 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Scientists have developed computer method to quickly trace a person's genetic ancestry.
27 March 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Scientists make a map of disease hotspots, where the next AIDS or SARS could emerge.