Behind the Scenes Archive
24 April 2009, 09:15 AM ET
Geobiologists undertake a mission to drill below the ocean surface into the microbe-bearing crust below.
17 April 2009, 07:11 AM ET
Hybrids that yield unusually large seeds are nutritional powerhouses that could help counter global warming's effects on crops.
10 April 2009, 11:18 AM ET
Researchers brave the wind, rain, and hail, to set up instruments to collect valuable data for understanding extreme weather events.
03 April 2009, 09:15 AM ET
Student researchers head to China to study the impact of Louisiana crayfish on the environment and people.
27 March 2009, 05:06 AM ET
Behind the Scenes feature about creating next-generation solar cells while an expatriate in China.
20 March 2009, 05:04 AM ET
Scientists explore caves to study the Earth’s history, as they dream of traveling back in time. In this case, to the Precambrian.
07 March 2009, 04:36 AM ET
Goal: Try and figure out how forest trees use water.
27 February 2009, 04:26 AM ET
I realized I could use rap music to connect urban kids with forests.
20 February 2009, 06:02 AM ET
In late 2005, a neutron star's crust bulged out and its spin slowed down, thereby twisting gravity and resulting in a starquake.
30 January 2009, 04:26 AM ET
Hawaii is the ideal place to study low-humidity air and the processes that dehydrate the atmosphere.
23 January 2009, 04:10 AM ET
Can forests that have lost all of their birds still function normally?
09 January 2009, 05:20 AM ET
The demand for beef means large swaths of the Brazilian Amazon are being bulldozed,but the government is making changes.
19 December 2008, 06:14 AM ET
A "jellyologist" explains the mysteries of large swarms of jellyfish that can cover hundreds of square miles of ocean.
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.