Behind the Scenes Archive
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.
20 March 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Components of Large Hadron Collider's CMS detector are lowered into place.
13 March 2008, 08:00 PM ET
Scientists hypothesizes that life evolved between the thin, flaky sheets of mica.
06 March 2008, 07:00 PM ET
Fossilized leaves provide clues for how ecosystems responded to global warming in past.
28 February 2008, 07:00 PM ET
Scientists try to develop a glue based on the gecko's sticky foot.
21 February 2008, 07:00 PM ET
A mathematician's passion for numbers helps heal himself and others.
14 February 2008, 07:00 PM ET
Researchers hope to understand ocean life by studying the effect of light.
08 February 2008, 04:07 AM ET
Tiny nanocatalysts manipulate chemicals to eliminate pollution.
01 February 2008, 03:37 AM ET
Scientists talk about the joys and sacrifices of a life at sea.
30 January 2008, 07:00 PM ET
An archive of weekly Behind the Scenes articles.
25 January 2008, 01:47 AM ET
A scientist details his life as a penguin researcher.
11 January 2008, 04:11 AM ET
Biomedical research is often an East-West collaboration.
20 December 2007, 07:00 PM ET
An expedition into New Guinea turns up a motherlode of new species.
13 December 2007, 07:00 PM ET
Shirley Murillo is a research meteorologist for NOAA.
06 December 2007, 07:00 PM ET
Scientists probes ways sealife can lead to climate change solutions.
22 November 2007, 07:00 PM ET
Scientists are still doing research the Ben Franklin way.
15 November 2007, 07:00 PM ET
Scientists probe the nuclear force that regulates particles.
09 November 2007, 02:23 AM ET
In China, E-bikes are the affordable and environmental-friendly way to go.
02 November 2007, 11:49 AM ET
A scientist adapts to a life at sea.
26 October 2007, 05:04 AM ET
Scientists study climate change by looking at tiny remnants of the past.
19 October 2007, 05:21 AM ET
Learn about a one week science boot camp for physics students.