When the water along Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay is thick and green, it may be a bad day for a swim, but it's an excellent day for University of Rhode Island marine ecologist Carol Thornber
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
National Science Foundation-funded researcher Robin Murphy, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, discusses the use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles in supporting disaster response in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
DNA analysis reveals "kingpin" genes, master regulators in networks of genes that take up the nitrogen in fertilizer
Cindy Lee Van Dover, the first and only woman to pilot the famous Alvin submarine, talks about why and how she went through the arduous training and some of the things she has seen on the bottom of the ocean
Duke University graduate student Lauren Bagge describes her first dive in Alvin, including using the venerable submarine in an entirely new way to sample midwater organisms
National Science Foundation-funded researchers pinpoint optimal temperature for mosquito-borne disease transmission
Surrounding New Zealand is a mass of Earth's crust about half the size of Australia, the continent Zealandia
With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Florida entomologist Christine Miller and her team are researching mate selection and animal weapons as a key to better understanding animal behavior, diversity and evolution
For surfers, finding the "sweet spot," the most powerful part of the wave, is a thrill and a challenge
A National Science Foundation-funded study led by Kent State University found that the brains of aged chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, show similarities to brains effected by the human Alzheimer's disease
Findings indicate that Selam possesses the most complete spinal column of any early fossil human relative, and her vertebral bones, neck and rib cage are mainly intact
National Science Foundation-funded researchers affiliated with the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network discover an issue with road salt used to melt away snow and ice. Turns out, it's contributing to rising salinity in many North American freshwater lakes.
National Science Foundation fish expert and researcher Prosanta Chakrabarty, Ph.D., unearths an unusual video and answers if fish can really live in the dirt!
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries
David Johnson, assistant professor of the practice of marine conservation ecology at Duke University, has found that drone technology allows his research team to collect huge volumes of data from remote or extreme locations
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is one of the best places on Earth to study processes within basaltic volcanoes
An ecological filter in a pond, such as voracious fish that feed on dragonflies and damselflies, can help ecologists predict how biodiversity loss may impact specific habitats
Cuttlefish meets cuttlefish, a tale as old as time. Rival suitor challenges Male Cuttlefish 1 to a duel, and deep in the sea, mating games are afoot.
Technology being developed at Duke University's Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab is opening new horizons for mapping and exploring the marine environment
With support from the National Science Foundation, civil engineer Ellie Fini and a team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University have designed a sticky binder made from pig manure that can be used to make asphalt