September 29, 2006

Sea Shell Armor – Improving Nature

Researchers hope to learn how to build better materials by looking at what some animals use to defend themselves every day – shells!

September 28, 2006

Manatees in Belize – Hunted

Manatees have been harvested for food throughout four centuries of human history.

September 27, 2006

Manatees in Belize – Evolutionary Orphans

Off the coast of Belize, researchers are studying one of the last intact populations of West Indian manatees.

September 26, 2006

Origins of the Universe – Dark Matter

Almost 90% of the entire universe is matter which cannot be seen, and it is accompanied by unexplained dark energy.

September 25, 2006

Origins of the Universe – South Pole Station

The South Pole provides the best geophysical conditions for scientists to collect accurate data from the universe.

September 22, 2006

Tashlicht: Water and Song

The ceremony of Tashlicht expresses personal movement and the flow of one’s deeds.

September 21, 2006

Tashlicht: Overview

Throwing bread into moving water is a symbolic practice on the first day of the Jewish New Year.

September 20, 2006

High Altitude Suit Technology – Suit

A properly fitting pressure suit is a vital part of a high-altitude pilot’s flight gear.

September 19, 2006

High Altitude Suit Technology – Protection

At extremely high altitudes, pilots wear pressure suits to survive.

September 18, 2006

Science Diary – Dung Beetles – Traps

Science Diarist Dr. Kevina Vulinec shares her research on dung beetles in Belize as a part of her audio diary.

September 15, 2006

Origins of the Universe – Cosmic Background Radiation

Astronomers are observing cosmic radiation to test theories about the creation of the universe.

September 14, 2006

Engine Noise – Improving on Nature

Researchers hoping to quiet jet engines look to the skies for inspiration.

September 13, 2006

Katydids and Crickets – Thermometer

Out in the woods and wondering what the temperature is? You might give listening a try.

September 12, 2006

Katydids and Crickets – Heard

Crickets and katydids sing for their mates, each species calling for love with a different tune.

September 11, 2006

Katydids and Crickets – Noise

There’s more to a cricket chirp than you might realize! We take a closer listen.

September 8, 2006

Tree of Life – Medical

Newly recognized phylogenetic relationships have given researchers a frontier for medical exploration.

September 7, 2006

Tree of Life – Renaming

The long held categorization of living things is changing as scientists discover linear relationships between species beyond common characteristics.

September 6, 2006

Tree of Life – DNA

The vast interconnectedness of all living things is being constructed from the individual genes of butterflies to humans.

September 5, 2006

Katydids and Crickets – Chorus

An entomologist gives us a tour of the insects singing along a creek one hot summer night.

September 4, 2006

Katydids and Crickets – Discovery

Scientists learn something new about crickets and katydids when they stop looking and start listening.

September 1, 2006

Sea Shell Armor – How

Try as they might, scientists still can’t find a way to synthesize the structure of a seashell.