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.
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.
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.
For most people, getting stuck in a traffic jam on the New Jersey Turnpike is a grueling lesson in futility. But if you're Simon Garnier of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, you often view it as an opportunity to examine our collective behavior and ponder how we became so inefficient compared to other species.
For the last 30 years Frank Drummond, professor of insect ecology at the University of Maine, has studied the biology, ecology, disease susceptibility and pesticide exposure of Maine's 275 native species of bees, as well as the millions of commercial honey bees annually trucked into the state to aid in crop pollination.
In episode 60, Charlie and Jordan return from summer break to investigate the future of summers. According to NSF-funded research at NCAR, in 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any other experienced by people, ever.
Electric eels zap fish and other underwater prey, but what would make them leap out of the water and shock an animal like a horse?
Over the last year, Rhian Waller, associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine, has been to the ends of the Earth to study how changing oceans are affecting cold-water corals and what those changes may eventually mean in places like the Gulf of Main
It's been assumed that tiny microscopic sea larvae are too small to navigate ocean currents, leading many to believe that their survival is based on chance. But that's not how nature works.
In this Super Science Rewind, Charlie and Jordan explore the venomous relationship between rattlesnakes and squirrels and how it helps scientists better understand how these natural enemies have co-evolved.
For the past 15 years, aquacultural salmon farmers in Maine have struggled with plummeting embryo survival rates, forcing them to drastically increase the number of eggs they produce -- which comes with a hefty price tag.
Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences at Penn State, and an international team developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify leaf images into their biological families