Cornering the Higgs

Dodany: 4 lipca 2013


On July 4, 2012, scientists at CERN used the word "discovery" to describe the results of experiments designed to prove the existence of the Higgs boson, a particle that gives mass to the universe....

Zeroing in on Surveillance Video

Dodany: 13 czerwca 2013


After a crime or terrorist attack, authorities looking for the perpetrators may need to review many hours of surveillance video—in just minutes. But how can they speed up the video without speeding...

Surveillance City

Dodany: 5 czerwca 2013


In this interview with The World's Marco Werman, NOVA Producer Miles O'Brien describes how surveillance footage played a key role in cracking the case of the Boston Marathon bombings. But as...

New Ways to Use Drones

Dodany: 30 maja 2013


Thousands of drones could be in commercial use in the U.S. within a few years. These unmanned aerial vehicles may assist everyone from farmers and firefighters to doctors and utility workers. But...

Deadly Crocodiles Down Under

Dodany: 23 maja 2013


The residents of Australia's Northern Territory share their land with one of the deadliest predators on the planet—the saltwater crocodile. Getting humans and these fearsome reptiles to coexist...

Dual Epidemics Threaten Koalas

Dodany: 16 maja 2013


Australia's koala population has been hit hard by two rapidly spreading diseases: chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection) and a retrovirus similar to HIV. Scientists are working to develop...

Australia's "Magnetic" Termites

Dodany: 9 maja 2013


In Australia's Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear. One entomologist offers some...

Experts Debate Dinosaur Stampede

Dodany: 2 maja 2013


Millions of years ago in what is today Australia's Outback, a herd of dinosaurs left behind footprints in what has been interpreted as a stampede to escape a predator. A young researcher now...

Mexico Considers Gum Tax

Dodany: 25 kwietnia 2013


Discarded chewing gum is a common eyesore, and removing it from city streets and sidewalks can be costly. A Mexican congressman wants to solve the problem by borrowing a concept widely used in...

Digging Up Panama's Past

Dodany: 18 kwietnia 2013


The Panama Canal is being expanded to accommodate larger ships carrying bigger loads. The construction has exposed a trove of fossils, revealing a wide array of creatures that lived at the southern...

New Species in the Old World

Dodany: 11 kwietnia 2013


The last place you'd expect to find a new treasure is where everyone has been looking for centuries. Yet in Europe, home to history's greatest taxonomists, professional scientists and amateurs are...

Collecting Rain in Mexico City

Dodany: 4 kwietnia 2013


Mexico City faces a severe water crisis as 21 million residents slowly drain its aquifer. An environmental group is suggesting a plan to install rainwater harvesting systems on individual homes,...

The Clever Dog Lab

Dodany: 28 marca 2013


What makes a dog bold or shy, eager or sullen? The Veterinary University of Vienna's Clever Dog Lab aims to find out with the help of some 600 Austrian dogs that owners volunteer for experiments....

Engineering Extra Senses

Dodany: 21 marca 2013


Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. We interact with the world and navigate through it thanks to our senses. But what if we could add to that repertoire? A British scientist and a small group of...

Packaging You Can Eat

Dodany: 14 marca 2013


Have you ever eaten a cocktail? Held a mouthful of juice in your hand? A team of chefs, chemists, and designers has come up with a way for you to do just that. They've created a biodegradable shell...

Boosting Kids' Brain Power

Dodany: 1 marca 2013


An Oxford University researcher will soon test whether applying an electric current to part of the brain can help children learn math—an effect previously demonstrated in adults. Parents are...

Gamers and Genomics

Dodany: 21 lutego 2013


People around the world spend an estimated 3 billion hours playing computer games every week. That might seem like a colossal waste of time, but scientists are starting to harness some of that...

Magnetic Fish Hooks Save Sharks

Dodany: 7 lutego 2013


It sounds like a plot device from a comic book: a simple substance that can make the powerful weak. But it's not kryptonite. An enterprising chemist says he's found a substance—several, in...

Elements in the Ocean

Dodany: 31 stycznia 2013


There's a lot more to the oceans than salt and water. Many other ingredients make up the rich broth that sustains marine life and helps regulate the Earth's climate. But where do those ingredients...

A Gene for Fish Order

Dodany: 24 stycznia 2013


British scientists have developed a genetic test for a disorder that causes people to emit an unusual body odor: The gene causes sufferers to smell like rotten fish. For those who have been...