December 30, 2016

Year End Fire Watch

“Be careful with fire!” is the call heard throughout Tokyo neighborhoods on the last two evenings of the year.

December 29, 2016

Lyme Disease – Tick Project

Testing two new ways of reducing ticks in suburban backyards.

December 28, 2016


An ancient Anglo-Saxon tradition called “Wassail” lives on in Pennsylvania, where a group of friends celebrate this week by drinking to the health of apple trees.

December 27, 2016

Lyme Disease – Mice

Tracking the animal most responsible for the spread of Lyme.

December 26, 2016

Kwanzaa – Traditions

This week, millions of people around the world celebrate Kwanzaa, a relatively new holiday with roots in the ancient harvest festivals of Africa.

December 23, 2016

Christmas Eve in Woodstock

It’s Christmas Eve in the “most famous small town in the world”, and big question is how is Santa going to arrive this year?

December 22, 2016

Christmas Bonfires – Tradition

Along the banks of the Mississippi River, a line of Bonfires lights the way for Papa Noel.

December 21, 2016


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

December 20, 2016

Lyme Disease – Acorns

Two summers following a good acorn year, are the riskiest years for human exposure to Lyme.

December 19, 2016

Cybersecurity – 5G

Blazing speeds on an internet signal that can’t penetrate walls – or even paper!

December 16, 2016

Cybersecurity – Cloud to the Rescue

With our infrastructure increasingly dependent on computers, it’s becoming more vulnerable.

December 15, 2016

Cybersecurity – Warfare

The first line of defense is looking for anomalous behavior.

December 14, 2016

Cybersecurity – IDing the Fridge

How do you do identity management for the “Internet of Things”?

December 13, 2016

Santa Lucia – Waking Up

Serving sweet bread and wearing a crown of candles, young Swedish girls represent Saint Lucia in an early morning ritual.

December 12, 2016

Santa Lucia – History

The ancient legends of Santa Lucia are still embraced by the Swedish culture, with rituals of light in the darkness of winter.

December 9, 2016

Cybersecurity – Four Threats

Cybercrime, hacktivism, espionage and warfare!

December 8, 2016

Cybersecurity – Hacking the Grid

A frightening new aspect of cybercrime is just beginning to emerge.

December 7, 2016

Cybersecurity – Hacker to Defender

“The school administrator gave me my own network to play with in class so I would leave her network alone.”

December 6, 2016


Change Santa Claus’s team of reindeer into a single white horse, and replace his costume with a bishop’s robes, and you’ll begin to get a picture of the Netherlands’ Sinterklaas.

December 5, 2016

Klausjagen – Celebration

With bells, whips and candles, a Swiss village celebrates St. Nicholas’ Day.

December 2, 2016

Sustainable Chemistry – Spinning Water

Why is the manufacturing of electric thin films like an amusement park ride?

December 1, 2016

Hindukush Beekeeping – Honey Hunters

In the high cliffs of the Himalayas, colonies of bees produce prized honey – helping to sustain local ecosystems.