December 31, 2013

Yoiks – Reindeer Jazz

An indigenous style of singing created by nomadic reindeer herdsman is kept alive in contemporary Scandinavia.

December 30, 2013

Sustainable Packaging – Recycling Bank

Getting paid for paying it forward: Recycle banks are a new incentive to recycle.

December 27, 2013

Wildlife Veterinarian – Profile

William Karesh is a wildlife field veterinarian . His patients range from anacondas in Venezuela to elephants in Central Africa.

December 26, 2013

Jonkonnu – Origins

In North Carolina, the festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England, and the Caribbean.

December 25, 2013

Christmas – Trees and Mistletoe

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions may date back to the days before that holiday even existed.

December 24, 2013

Christmas Bonfires – Construction

Working together to build 20 foot pyres of wood and wire, a family near New Orleans celebrates Christmas eve.

December 23, 2013

Las Posadas

Las Posadas, celebrated in Mexico and in many Hispanic communities, commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.

December 20, 2013

Christmas – History

Believe it or not, there was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.

December 19, 2013

Flavor – Vocabulary

Everyone has likes and dislikes, but as a flavorist it helps to be able to articulate them.

December 18, 2013

Flavor – Compounding

Mmm. Is that isoenyl acetate I smell?

December 17, 2013

Owl Feathers – Barred

These stealthy predators are named after the pattern on their feathers, which offers them near-perfect camouflage.

December 16, 2013

Owl Feathers – Hearing

Its asymmetric ears and surrounding facial feathers enable and owl to receive sound much like a satellite dish.

December 13, 2013


In Lindsborg, Kansas, folks still mark this time of year with traditions their ancestors brought from Sweden.

December 12, 2013

Storm Ecology – Fish

What’s a little extra water to a fish? Learn how flooding effects species living in rivers.

December 11, 2013

Passenger Pigeons – De-extinction

Will it ever be possible to clone a Passenger Pigeon ? Perhaps, but is it a good idea?

December 10, 2013

Passenger Pigeons – They Darkened the Skies

Once thought to be one of the most abundant bird species on earth, Passenger Pigeons were hunted to extinction 100 years ago.

December 9, 2013

Owl Feathers – Mechanics of Silent Flight

A raptor biologist reveals the uncanny resources of an owl’s stealthy flight.

December 6, 2013

Owl Feathers – Nocturnal

The silent flight of the nocturnal owl aids its ability to catch prey at night.

December 5, 2013

Science Frontiers – Dark Energy

If we could harness it in some way, could dark energy be used as a power source?

December 4, 2013

Science Frontiers – Dark Matter

According to astronomers, less than 5 percent of the content of the known universe is made up of what we call matter.

December 3, 2013

Science Frontiers – Why is There Mass?

According to the laws of Quantum Physics, there was, until recently, no good reason for why things have mass or substance.

December 2, 2013

Science Frontiers – Higgs Boson Particle

What’s The Higgs Boson Field? Well, take “The Force” from Stars Wars and add a little molasses.