Students in the Small Hall maker space at William & Mary create devices for Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor Kevin Weng to use in his shark research at the Eastern Shore Lab.
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.
What these single-celled, gelatinous blobs lack in brain power, they make up for with surprisingly complex decision-making
Lobsters are among the most sensitive smellers on the planet. "Walking noses," that's what ecologist Paul Moore calls them.
Meng "Peter" Zhang, visiting assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Kansas State University, describes his National Science Foundation-funded biofuel manufacturing research.
A recent University of Washington study sought to understand why shark teeth are shaped differently and what biological advantages various shapes have by testing their performance under realistic conditions.
Rapid evolution in action at White Sands National Monument
In episode 68, Charlie and Jordan head outdoors to show how National Science Foundation-supported researchers are finding new ways to use small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)--also known as drones--to gather data, improve communication and explore environments where humans and larger aircraft dare not go.
A Johns Hopkins University researcher noticed the bats he works with cocked their heads to the side, just like his pet pug.
In this spooktacular episode, Jordan and Charlie explore the male dark fishing spider's ultimate sacrifice.
Hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from a hole in the ground, and scientists with high-speed video cameras are there to make sense of the overwhelming spectacle.
In this week's episode, we test a shark's bite, examine the test question and discover how new computational tools can help better detect recurring brain cancer.
Ecologists take a comprehensive look at sagebrush habitat through the eyes of a small, but important, resident
Analysis of fossilized Antarctic bird's "voice box" suggests dinosaurs couldn't sing
One hour from New York City, where the suburbs of New Jersey give way to farms, a team of scientists are drilling for ancient rocks on the edge of a cornfield.
This technology would enable communities to produce their own water filters using biomass nanofibers, making clean water more accessible and affordable
In episode 63, Jordan and Charlie discuss the 'blue fire whirl,' a type of fire whirl that could lead to beneficial new approaches for reducing carbon emissions and improving oil spill cleanup.
Bone by bone, University of Texas, Austin, paleoanthropologist John Kappelman pieced together the life and death of Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor.
With our large footprint in coastal sands, how do we co-exist with our coastlines? Rick Murray, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, has answers.
There's much to learn from animal warfare, even when the animals are barely visible
In episode 61, Jordan sends Charlie on a scavenger hunt for "clues" on how National Science Foundation-funded researchers at Kansas State are studying the way muscle diseases affect humans.