May 31, 2004

In Praise of Dungbeetles

Dung beetles of the Amazon bring new meaning to the word “recycling”.

May 28, 2004

Of Seeds, Dung, and Monkeys

Monkeys are a virtual “Garden Club” of the Amazonian rainforest.

May 27, 2004

Geobacter – Origins of Life

A recently discovered group of hardy microorganisms are giving scientists clues to the evolution of life on earth.

May 26, 2004

Storks – Voices

Baby storks have a cry remarkably like human babies, but adult storks clatter their bills instead of calling.

May 25, 2004

Storks – Homing

Pairs of white storks amaze Hungarians by returning year after year to nest in the exact same spot.

May 24, 2004

Roma – Amplified Music

Roma music is eclectic, contemporary, and loud!

May 21, 2004

Geobacter – Strain 121

A recently discovered group of microorganisms have the ability to clean up contaminated groundwater.

May 20, 2004

Geobacter – Electricity From Mud

A recently discovered group of microorganisms have the ability to clean up contaminated groundwater.

May 19, 2004

Hummingbirds – Brain Structure

The brain structure of hummingbirds has given researchers something to think about.

May 18, 2004

Star Lore – Planets and Kings

Throughout history, mortals have projected their earthly beliefs onto the sky.

May 17, 2004

Blue Whales

They dominate the ocean’s soundscape with a pitch perfect trans-oceanic call.

May 14, 2004

Roma – Census

For Roma, census-taking is not just a matter of counting heads.

May 13, 2004

Roma – Nomadic

Roma, or “gypsies” are not aimless wanderers, as centuries old belief has portrayed them.

May 12, 2004

Sibley – Warblers

The “Holy Grail” of bird watching is finding and identifying warblers, and the best month to go on this quest is May.

May 11, 2004

South Asian Vultures – Keeping Them Alive

Governments, farmers and environmental groups are working together to preserve South Asia’s most important predators.

May 10, 2004

Hummingbirds – Brain Size Doesn’t Matter

Understanding the cerebral activity of hummingbirds may lead researchers to resolve human language disorders.

May 7, 2004

Star Lore – Pyramids

For the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the pyramids may have been their “stairway to heaven”.

May 6, 2004

South Asian Vultures – Near Extinction

Over the past ten years, the vultures of India, Nepal and Pakistan have been disappearing. Until recently, no one knew why.

May 5, 2004

Starlore: Monuments

music Around 5,000 years ago, people in Southern England built a monument that was designed to align with the rising sun at the time of the summer solstice. Although Stonehenge is now widely known, it’s not the only structure of this kind. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Edwin Krupp […]

May 4, 2004

Sibley – Drawing Birds

An accomplished avian artist continually refines his craft.

May 3, 2004

South Asian Vultures – Nature’s Undertakers

The vultures of South Asia play a crucial role in their local ecosystem.