August 31, 2010

Katydids and Crickets – Noise

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

August 30, 2010

Katydids and Crickets – Chorus

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

August 27, 2010

Katydids and Crickets – Discovery

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

August 26, 2010

Kids’ Science Challenge: Sports on Mars – Spirit Stuck

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, engineers are testing a rover in a simulated sand pit, in hopes of freeing Spirita rover that’s been stuck in a real sand pit on Mars.

August 25, 2010

Mosses of Cape Horn – Research on the Edge

Researchers brave the wild conditions of Tierra del Fuego to learn more about mosses.

August 24, 2010

Mosses of Cape Horn – World’s Most Versatile Plant?

Traditional uses of mosses reveal some of their remarkable qualities.

August 23, 2010

Mosses of Cape Horn – Just add water

Meet one of the masters of suspended animation.

August 20, 2010

Science Diary: Redwoods – Replacements

Big tree, tiny sensors – it’s all in a day’s work for redwood canopy researchers.

August 19, 2010

Science Diary: Redwoods – Clearcut

Observe an ancient redwood, and you can read the signs of adversity in its wood.

August 18, 2010

Kids’ Science Challenge: Sports on Mars – Prototype

NASA engineers collaborate with 5th-grader Tyrone Hutchinson, a Kids’ Science Challenge winner, to come up with a sport that astronauts could play on Mars.

August 17, 2010

Science Diary: Redwoods – Too Tall

Is there a limit to how tall trees can grow?

August 16, 2010

Science Diary: Redwoods – Tallest Tree

Amidst a clearcut forest and host to a pesky woodpecker, the world’s tallest tree is a remarkable specimen.

August 13, 2010

Hurricane Observation – Emily

65,000 feet in the air, alone, staring down the eye of a hurricane ? It’s all in a day’s work for ER-2 research pilots.

August 12, 2010

Hurricane Observation – High Altitude Lab

High-altitude planes use a variety of onboard research instruments to study both earth and space.

August 11, 2010

Hurricane Observation – Pilot

Research pilots fly high above the tumult of a hurricane, capturing data from sea level on up.

August 10, 2010

Kids’ Science Challenge: Sports on Mars – Playing the Game

In Martian Soil Ball, the player who gathers the most magnetic dust wins!

August 9, 2010

Science Diary: Mims – Noisy Insects

A chorus of katydids can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner. Add cicadas to the mix, and you’re in for some serious noise!

August 6, 2010

Natural Shapes – New Materials

The next generation of aircraft will not only look more like birds, but it might feel like them, too – thanks to new materials.

August 5, 2010

Natural Shapes – Trial by Wind

What makes one wing shape more effective than others?

August 4, 2010

Natural Shapes – Animal Inspiration

A shark in the wind tunnel? Stay tuned.

August 3, 2010

Natural Shapes in the Wind Tunnel

Looking for inspiration, aeronautics researchers test shapes that have been in use for millions of years.

August 2, 2010

Kids’ Science Challenge: Sports on Mars – Mars Ball

A 20-foot slam-dunk? Imagine basketball on Mars!