December 31, 1998

F.I.R.E.- High Flying Aircraft

High-flying airplanes give NASA scientists a bird’s eye view of the Earth’s climate.

December 30, 1998

F.I.R.E.- The Big Picture

Studying the Earth’s climate affords scientists an opportunity to come together across nationality and disciplines.

December 29, 1998

TALE SPINNING- Transformation

The spinning wheel is at the heart of many of our favorite fairy tales.

December 28, 1998


The spinning wheel and the folk tale have long gone hand in hand.

December 25, 1998

EL NINO- La Nina

Meet La Nina– she’s part two in an extended global climate cycle.

December 24, 1998

EL NINO- Brazil

In an El Nino year, farmers in Brazil took the old adage ‘an ounce of prevention’ to heart.

December 23, 1998

EL NINO- Prediction

El Nino is hardly a recent phenomenon. So why can’t we predict its arrival?

December 22, 1998


One astronomer uses a home-made version on Stonehenge to keep track of the passing seasons.

December 21, 1998


This week is the winter solstice. But without a calendar, would you be able to tell?

December 18, 1998

HORNED LIZARD Blood Squirters

Horned lizards have a unique way of warding off predators.

December 17, 1998

HORNED LIZARD- Hibernation

This month, horned lizards are waiting out the hot southwestern heat in hibernation. But where?

December 16, 1998

SETI- Why Believe in ET’s ?

How likely is it that extra-terrestrials exist?

December 15, 1998

SETI- Radio Waves

For years we’ve been sending radio signals into the universe. But is anyone out there listening?

December 14, 1998

POLAR BEARS -A Unique Physiology

How can Polar bears fast for eight months? The answer may provide clues to new treatments for some human diseases.

December 11, 1998

POLAR BEARS – An Indicator Species

If you want to determine the health of the Arctic ecosystem, find a polar bear.

December 10, 1998

POLAR BEARS- Field Studies

How do polar bears know where and when to congregate in “singles bars?”

December 9, 1998

Listener Initiative

Our listeners are invited to share their seasonal observances on our new toll-free number, 1-877-PULSE99.

December 8, 1998

KLAUSJAGEN-History and Meaning

This celebration in honor of St. Nicholas was traditionally a day of mischief.

December 7, 1998


With bells, whips and candles, a Swiss village celebrates St. Nicholas’ Day.

December 4, 1998

Arctic Ground Squirrel-Warming Up

Arctic ground squirrels are spending this season in a deep freeze– but every few weeks it’s time for a warm spell.

December 3, 1998

Arctic Ground Squirrel-Supercool

Arctic ground squirrel hibernation is about the closest thing we’ve seen to turning into a zombie.

December 2, 1998

Arctic Ground Squirrel- The Great Hibernators

Understanding more about how hibernation works may have some direct lessons for medical science.

December 1, 1998

WEDDELL SEALS- Mating Underwater

When it comes to mating, male Weddell seals must be ready to fight it out.