This video, shot by Timothy Higham, a biologist at the University of California, Riverside, captures in high speed (500 frames per second) a rattlesnake trying to capture a kangaroo rat.
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.
Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology develops tools to assess current and future risk
As Hawaii contemplates joining over 60 places in the US to ban the use of throwaway styrofoam/polystyrene, 17 students from Hawaii envision a future for the oceans.
As part of the feature film project 'Saving Atlantis', videographers from Oregon State University (OSU) journeyed to the Red Sea with scientists from the Global Coral Microbiome Project.
In episode 72, Jordan and Charlie explore the first ever comprehensive count of Weddell seals in Antarctica: a citizen science program called Satellites Over Seals.
In this week's episode, we learn about a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials and, finally, the discovery of the oldest known fossil tumor.
In episode 71, Charlie and Jordan discuss an easily assembled smartphone microscope called the LudusScope, that provides new ways of interacting with and learning about common microbes. The open-source device could be used by teachers or in other educational settings.
When paleontologists cut into the fossilized jaw of an ancient creature, they got more than they bargained for: a toothy tumor.
Turtles have a reputation. "They're slow, they're clumsy and the shell just gets in the way of everything," said Richard Blob, a biologist at Clemson University who specializes in studying how animals have evolved to move the way they do. But, Blob adds quickly, "I don't think that's the case anymore." Fueling the pokey reputation is a long-held belief that a turtle can't move its pelvis or hips. Until recently, however, nobody has been able to see under, or through, a turtle's shell to confirm that notion.
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 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.