In the ocean there lives a fish known as the Mahi Mahi. Very little is known to science about how they migrate. Fishermen are helping scientists study their migration by catching Mahi Mahi with fishing rods, placing fish tags in them, and releasing them back to the wild with hope that their fish will be re-caught with the tag still in them.
What is this thing called life? Biologists are life's detectives, discovering how life works and what makes animals, plants and microbes "alive." Organisms don't remain the same forever. Without change, life on Earth would stagnate. Species are in a constant dance with their environment. When an environment changes, the species that live within must change too, evolving to better adapt in order to survive. The end result is the diversity of life we see around us.
In this week's episode, Jordan and Charlie chat about the importance of a pack, discover a new antibody that may combat urinary tract infections and chase down storms with Doppler on Wheels.
Graduate Research Fellow Amy Battocletti is a Navy veteran who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. She's a doctoral candidate in biology at Georgetown University, conducting research on the impact of genetic variation within plant species in salt marsh ecosystems.
The University of Southern California is partnering with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school in Chattanooga, Tenn., and using gigabit networks to send high-definition 4K images of microorganisms directly into a biology class. This gives students live access to researchers and microscopic images, observations and knowledge, while also enabling them to manipulate the microscope from 1,800 miles away.
In Episode 11, Charlie and Jordan talk about a new robotic exoskeleton, one of the world's best suction cups and 1,4-dioxane contamination in the Cape Fear River Basin.
Superabsorbent diaper compound may soup up brain cell imaging
Giant clams are ecologically important because they clean seawater, and their huge shells are home to other marine creatures.
We've all heard the expression "monkey see, monkey do," but actually, that's a myth. Imitation is very rare in the animal kingdom.
The search for ancient ice starts back on campus, in Boston University's Digital Image Analysis Lab, where BU geologist David Marchant and his team pour over thousands of high resolution satellite images of Antarctica. They are looking for polygons; shapes in the rock that indicate buried ice below.
The chief scientist aboard T-TIDE leg 3 talks about the challenges and accomplishments of a day at mooring site "A1."
A marine mollusk with a coveted blood protein is shaping the way researchers treat cancer.
DNA scientist Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson heads the Biotechnology Programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His work focuses on how DNA - in conjunction with other tools - can help solve mysteries of ancestry, forensics and evolution. Through his African-American Roots Project, he helps reunite African-Americans with their ancestral roots in Africa.
Using X-ray equipment that allowed them to watch the animals move through a bed of dry sand, Georgia Tech researchers have studied how the shovel-nosed snake and sandfish lizard use their unique body plans to swim through sand. Information provided by the research could help explain how evolutionary pressures have affected body shape in sand-dwelling animals.
A new device for assembling large tissues from living components could someday be used to build replacement human organs the way electronics are assembled today: with precise picking and placing of parts.
"Grounding Zones" are key to regulating ice-sheet movement and sea-level rise, but also, surprisingly, home to an apparently thriving ecosystem.
Cake or carrots? Timing may decide what you'll nosh on
Scientists race against climate change to determine the impact of thawing Arctic soils and potential carbon release.
Anthropologists and paleontologists uncovered what could be the largest single collection of lemur remains ever found. The remains were hidden in a series of underwater caves in a remote desert region of Madagascar. Described as a "lemur graveyard," the discovery of hundreds of potentially 1,000-year-old skeletons make it one of the most unique animal gravesites in the world. This discovery could be important for understanding animal and human ancestry, and result in a new era for underwater paleontology.
Antarctica's Weddell seals have biological adaptations that allow them to dive deep--as much as hundreds of meters--while hunting, but also an uncanny ability to find the breathing holes they need in the surface of the ice that covers the sea. Now, a team of researchers supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation, believe they have figured out that the seals navigate so well by sensing the Earth's magnetic fields.