October 30, 2009

Natural Radio: Whistlers

Radio waves created by lightning can be heard from halfway around the planet.

October 29, 2009

Antpitta: The Reserve

A rare species of bird is protected in its forest habitat, high in the mountains of southern Ecuador.

October 28, 2009

Paralysis Technology -Brain Power

Soon paralyzed patients my be able to grasp objects with a device that is controlled by their own thoughts.

October 27, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Running Roaches

Cockroaches might love junk food, but that’s not why they’re running on treadmills.

October 26, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Gecko Tails

A gecko’s tail is used for gripping and gliding; engineers are building its attributes into a new breed of miniature robots.

October 23, 2009

Antpitta: Discovery

How does one discover a new species of bird? Listen up!

October 22, 2009

Paralysis Technology -Controlling the Hand

Quadriplegic patients can now do common tasks with the aid of a device that uses shoulder movements to control their paralyzed hands.

October 21, 2009

Kids’ Science Challenge: Biomimicry – Gecko Inspired

If scientists are able to successfully mimic the adhesive properties of a gecko’s foot, the uses for such material will be limitless.

October 20, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Adhesive Cloth

To develop a fabric that can adhere to any surface, scientists are looking to geckos for clues.

October 19, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Gecko Release

When geckos release from a surface they’re climbing, their feet act as tiny party favors, enabling them to adhere to practically anything.

October 16, 2009

Paralysis Technology – FES

Electrical stimulation is enabling quadriplegic patients to grasp objects.

October 15, 2009

Mites: Controlling

Scientists are testing botanical compounds to help control honeybee mites.

October 14, 2009

Geologist – Senses

To identify a rock, geologists have been known to smell and even taste their specimens.

October 13, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Gecko Adhesion

Gecko feet aren’t sticky, but they adhere to almost any surface.

October 12, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Neuromechanics

For animals, movement is second nature, but otherwise sophisticated robots have to calculate every step.

October 9, 2009

Dragonflies – Cape May

Where’s a great place to watch dragonflies migrate?

October 8, 2009

Dragonflies – Mating Strategy

One of the world’s most venerable insects has developed a sucessful means of reproduction.

October 7, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Cardboard Robots

Robots may be high-tech, but the materials used to make them can be quite ordinary.

October 6, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Mini-bots

Miniature robots: going where no person can.

October 5, 2009

KSC Biomimicry – Pink Sweat

Pink sweat? That’s not the half of it. Hippopotamus sweat has an array of uses.

October 2, 2009

Dragonflies – Wired

Tiny transmitters may help unlock the mysteries of dragonfly migration.

October 1, 2009

Dragonflies – Riding the Wind

Unfortunately for dragonflies, they’re not the only creatures who migrate riding wind currents.