February 28, 2011

Science Diary: Koalas – Dying

What is keeping St. Bees Island’s koala population in check?

February 25, 2011

Science Diary: Koalas- Strategies

Koalas don’t keep quiet and still all day because they’re lazy – it’s a metabolic strategy!

February 24, 2011

Science Diary: Lemurs of Madagascar – Good News/Bad News

An unexpected addition to a lemur group is discovered while searching for the missing Brown.

February 23, 2011

Science Diary: Lemurs of Madagascar – Missing!

Brown, the lemur, is MIA.

February 22, 2011

Science Diary: Lemurs of Madagascar – Volunteer Labor

Knowing the minutiae of what a lemur eats can give scientists information about the health of the animal and its ecosystem.

February 21, 2011

Science Diary: Lemurs of Madagascar – Back to the Field

A Science Diarist studying lemurs returns to the forests of Madagascar.

February 18, 2011

Material Science – Sports

Want to design some cool new sports stuff? Better know your polymers.

February 17, 2011

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 16, 2011

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 15, 2011

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 14, 2011

Sounds – Steel Vibration

How can you keep a piece of steel vibrating for a long time? Are the balloons ready?

February 11, 2011

Spritzer Whizzer

What does it take to design a completely new kind of musical instrument?

February 10, 2011

Carbon-Friendly Plastic

Not only does bio-based plastic degrade in the environment, but when it does, no extra carbon dioxide is released.

February 9, 2011

Compostable Plastic

Conventional plastic can persist for hundreds of years, but bag your produce in bio-based plastic, and you can toss the scraps AND the bag right into the compost bin.

February 8, 2011

Material Science – Helmets

Why are some sports helmets designed to break on impact?

February 7, 2011

Material Science – Making Chains

Monomers, polymers – what is it that makes plastics so versatile?

February 4, 2011

Ocean Currents – Southern Ocean

One of the mysteries of science is how do sinking nutrients get back to the surface of the ocean?

February 3, 2011

Ocean Currents – Sinking Nutrient

Scientists are just beginning to understand how the dynamics of the ocean effect the life within it.

February 2, 2011

Ocean Currents – Breath of Life

Did you know where half of the photosynthesis on earth takes place?

February 1, 2011

Fire Ants – The Problem With the Solution

In attempting biological controls we may be unknowingly shifting an ecological balance.