September 30, 2013

Dragonflies – Migration

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

September 27, 2013

Dragonflies – Myths and Truths

Can nature’s flying insect carnivores bite people?

September 26, 2013

SciDi: 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 25, 2013

Wolves and Moose – Antlers

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

September 24, 2013

Wolves and Moose – Mutual Control

On Isle Royale in Lake Superior, wolves and moose lead an interdependent existence.

September 23, 2013

Wolves and Moose – Unexpected Connections

You might not expect the wolf population to effect the number of trees in an ecosystem – but it does.

September 20, 2013

Dead Zone – From a Distance

Farming practices in the mid-west have an impact on the environmental conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.

September 19, 2013

Diatoms Nanotechnology – Transformation

An innovative way is being developed to create nanomaterials – tiny bits of matter – using microscopic organisms called diatoms.

September 18, 2013

Diatoms Nanotechnology – Shell Game

Diatoms are among the world’s oldest and most ubiquitous creatures, and they may soon be an important part of one of the newest branches of science and technology.

September 17, 2013

Diatoms Nanotechnology – Redefining “Man-made”

Nanoparticles are so tiny that the atoms inside them obey the laws of quantum mechanics and not the laws of the physical observable world.

September 16, 2013

Diatoms Nanotechnology – Think Small

Nanomaterials possess superior strength, are lighter weight, and have more resistance to wear and tear than conventional materials.

September 13, 2013

Science Diary: Redwoods – Biodiversity

Ferns, huckleberry bushes, even hemlocks make their home high atop giant redwoods.

September 12, 2013

Science Diary: Redwoods – Ecosystem Aloft

When forest fires burn through a stand of redwoods, they can leave rotten, spongy pockets in which plants thrive.

September 11, 2013

Science Diary: Redwoods – Cleanup

Outfitting a redwood with 300 pounds of research equipment is a great way to make discoveries. Taking it all down again is another story.

September 10, 2013

Science Diary: Redwoods – Battery

When research equipment is wired into a giant redwood, an 80-pound battery must be hoisted 300 feet into the canopy.

September 9, 2013

Science Diary: Redwoods – Sap Flow

How and when do giant redwoods drink their water? Tiny sap flow sensors tell the story.

September 6, 2013

Plovers – Inlets

In wildlife preserves, when should we allow nature to “take its course” and when should we intervene?

September 5, 2013

Plovers – Field Work

A team of dedicated researchers is monitoring the behavior of a species that’s paradoxically helped by storms and hindered by human activity.

September 4, 2013

Plovers – Charade

To avoid predators, piping plovers have adopted a theatrical strategy.

September 3, 2013

Plovers – Two Sides

In the aftermath of a storm, what’s bad for humans may be good for other species.

September 2, 2013

Plovers -Dunes

Fire Island’s dunes were flattened by hurricane Sandy, and with the aid of snow fencing, they have been speedily reestablished