February 27, 2009

Science Diary: Kilauea – Pistons

Want to know the dimensions of a volcano’s interior? Use an audio tape measure.

February 26, 2009

Science Diary: Kilauea – Vitals

By comparing low-frequency audio recordings with seismologic data, scientists are trying to get a handle on Kilauea’s goings-on.

February 25, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: The Song

In Basile, LA, when a band of masked Mardi Gras revelers comes to your door, here’s the song they’ll likely be singing.

February 24, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: Tickling

There are many ways to celebrate Mardi Gras. In the rural Cajun communities of south Louisiana, it’s organized mayhem.

February 23, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: Elton Run

Most of us know about Mardi Gras from the famous festivities in New Orleans. But in rural Louisiana , Cajuns celebrate the holiday in a style all their own.

February 20, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: In Disguise

As Cajuns in Louisiana celebrate Mardi Gras this week, revelers disguise themselves and beg for food and money from their neighbors, to support a communal gumbo.

February 19, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: Feast

Mardi Gras is a holiday with its roots in ancient European traditions. There are good reasons why it happens at this time of year.

February 18, 2009

Cajun Mardi Gras: Biggest Day

When dozens of people in bright costumes, masks and pointy hats are riding around in flatbed trucks raising a ruckus, you can bet you’re in Cajun Louisiana for Mardi Gras.

February 17, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Skateboards – Envirofriendly pt. 2

Water based inks and recycled glass are part of the recipe for a greener skateboard.

February 16, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Skateboards – Envirofriendly pt. 1

Skateboard manufacturing may not truly be “earth friendly,” but engineer Michael Bream looks for ways to lessen his company’s impact.

February 13, 2009

Big Trees: To Be A Champion

Who knows, you may have a Champion Class tree in your yard!

February 12, 2009

Tully Ice Harvest: History

These days, if you want ice, you just go to the freezer and get it. But some folks remember when ice was delivered door to door in huge blocks.

February 11, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Drake – Language Barrier

Monitoring our radio broadcasts? Even if extraterrestrials learn to speak English, they’ll likely be using an ancient version of the language.

February 10, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Drake – Drake Equation

What exactly should we be looking for in our search for extraterrestrials?

February 9, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Drake – Why We Search

For decades we’ve been searching for extraterrestrials, but why?

February 6, 2009

Tully Ice Harvest : Cutting

At an annual festival in upstate New York, they cut blocks of ice out of a frozen lake and pack them in sawdust. In the summer, they’ll use the ice to make homemade ice cream.

February 5, 2009

Tully Ice Harvest: Prepare

Every year at this time, folks in Tully, New York, harvest ice out of a frozen lake the old-fashioned way, with horsepower and antique tools.

February 4, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Drake – Pioneer

When it comes to extraterrestrial intelligence, Frank Drake is something of a legend.

February 3, 2009

Science Diary: Monkeys – Spider Rehab

You can train a monkey to shake hands, but can you retrain it to survive in the jungle?

February 2, 2009

Science Diary: Monkeys – Social Dramas

It may not be Days of Our Lives, but observing the behavior of Capuchin monkeys is a lot like watching the daily soaps.