September 30, 2011

KSC Biomimicry – Reading Slug Slime

In the slug world, much can be gleaned from the trail of slime a slug leaves behind.

September 29, 2011

KSC Biomimicry – Hippo Sweat

If you want to protect yourself from the sun, insects, and disease, just slather on some hippo sweat!

September 28, 2011

KSC Biomimicry – Giraffes

A petroleum alternative: Giraffe Mucus!! Aided by mucus, giraffes routinely swallow sharp thorns without hurting themselves.

September 27, 2011

KSC Biomimicry – Collecting Mucus

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to collect giraffe drool and hippopotamus sweat, but were afraid to ask.

September 26, 2011

KSC Biomimicry – Magical Mucus

Mucus plays many roles. In fact, without it, we wouldn’t be here.

September 23, 2011

KSC Claire Filtration

Kids’ Science Challenge winner Claire Dworsky learns about the importance of filtering water before testing it.

September 22, 2011

KSC Claire – Reagents

Our Kids’ Science Challenge water winner learns how to test for nutrient contaminants in water.

September 21, 2011

Elephant Seismic Detection – Hearing

An elephant listens with… its toenails?!

September 20, 2011

Elephant Seismic Detection – Underground

If you feel the ground shake, perhaps you’d better do as the elephants do: listen DOWN.

September 19, 2011

Biological Invaders – Ecology

Humans are largely responsible for the demise of the biological immunity of ecosystems.

September 16, 2011

Biological Invaders – Biocontrol

The ravage of biological aliens challenge our abilities to control them effectively.

September 15, 2011

Biological Invaders – Aussie Invasions

Australia has played host to unwanted visitors since the 19th century.

September 14, 2011

Biological Invaders – Salvinia

Moving a species to a foreign environment may ultimately require importing another species to control the first.

September 13, 2011

Biological Invaders – Adaptation

Disparate species are being unnaturally relocated without the benefit of time for adaptation.

September 12, 2011

Dragonflies – Cape May

Where’s a great place to watch dragonflies migrate?

September 9, 2011

Dragonflies – Mating Strategy

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

September 8, 2011

Dragonflies – Wired

Tiny transmitters may help unlock the mysteries of dragonfly migration.

September 7, 2011

Dragonflies – Riding the Wind

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

September 6, 2011

Dragonflies – Migration

It’s a rare event, but a grand sight to behold – thousands upon thousands of dragonflies.

September 5, 2011

Dragonflies – Myths and Truths

Can nature’s flying insect carnivores bite people?

September 2, 2011

Science Diary: Flavor – All in the Taste

Most scientists refrain from eating anything in their labs, and for good reason. But when it comes to flavor science, tasting chemicals is madatory.

September 1, 2011

Wolves and Moose – Antlers

They’re the largest antlered animal in the world and a lot faster that you’d expect them to be.