August 31, 2004

Protein Music: Patterns of Life

Patterns are the basis for all things scientific and aesthetic.

August 30, 2004

Coffee Stains: Mystery Of

Here’s a lesson in applied physics and the enigma of beverage stains.

August 27, 2004

Finch: Bird Song Mechanics

How do beaks and body movement contribute to the sweet musical notes of a birdsong?

August 26, 2004

Obon: Tradition

Honoring one’s ancestors is the starting point of a joyous annual celebration.

August 25, 2004

Locusts: Avoiding Collisions

Research on locusts will someday result in an automobile collision avoidance system.

August 24, 2004

The Lobster’s Violin: Why They Do It

Spiny lobsters are particularly vulnerable during their molting stage, but uniquely equipped to ward off predators with a deafening sound.

August 23, 2004

Ants & Caterpillars: Interdependence

Did you ever consider an ant to be the perfect baby-sitter?

August 20, 2004

Detector Dogs: Uses

With the sensitivity to detect odors at a microscopic level, researchers believe dogs may one day sniff out disease.

August 19, 2004

Saratoga Racetrack: Jockeys

August is a busy month for thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, New York. We’ll meet the folks who really know their way around the track — the jockeys.

August 18, 2004

17 Year Cicadas: Call

Is that the sound of an airplane? An alien spaceship? The calls of the cicadas are impressive.

August 17, 2004

Thornbugs: Size Isn’t Everything

Big sounds come from small packages.

August 16, 2004

South African Penguins – Intro

Warmer temperatures are causing problems for penguins in South Africa.

August 13, 2004

Madagascar’s RR: Cyclone Strikes

In a country where railroads are of critical importance, officials face the challenge of dealing with cyclones.

August 12, 2004

Thornbugs: Listening To

For thornbugs the medium moves the message.

August 11, 2004

Erie County Fair: Sounds Of

Share in a medley of sounds from one of America’s largest fairs.

August 10, 2004

Erie County Fair: Like Going to Camelot

For one of our listeners, an old fashioned county fair evokes a sense of idyllic happiness.

August 9, 2004

17 Year Cicadas: Mating

With cicadas, it’s how you sound that matters to the females.

August 6, 2004

Locusts: Star Wars

Blockbuster movie plays neuroscience lab: “Action potentials” soar!!

August 5, 2004

17 Year Cicadas: Emerge

How do billions of cicada nymphs know how to emerge simultaneously?

August 4, 2004

Obon: Palo Alto

A venerable Japanese Buddhist tradition thrives in California.

August 3, 2004

17 Year Cicadas: Nymphs

Learn what Brood X has been doing for the past 17 years, and why.

August 2, 2004

17 Year Cicadas: Broods

No, it’s not a plague of locusts… it’s Brood X- and they’re back after 17 years underground.