LiveScience, August 2012 Sometimes, though not very often, a science story starts off as a love story. And it’s likely that no other tale of scientific discovery, particularly one that touches on some of the most frightening diseases on the planet, begins with one woman’s enduring love for a boa constrictor named Larry. Yet an attempt to save Larry set in motion a series of events, many outlandishly serendipitous, that allowed scientists to hunt down a virus new to science. The […]
OurAmazingPlanet, January 2012 Scientists announced today (Jan. 10) some of the first details from the first expedition to the sunless, scalding-hot world of the deepest volcanic sea vents on Earth. The researchers unveiled a remarkable list of discoveries: a newfound species of (mostly) eyeless shrimp, evidence that the deepest vent may also be the hottest on the planet, hints that giant slabs of a brilliantly colored mineral popular with Russian czars lie strewn nearby on the seafloor, and the suggestion […]
OurAmazingPlanet, December 2011 One hundred years ago this week, on a fine summer afternoon, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and four travel-weary companions plunged a bright flag atop a spindly pole into the Antarctic ice, marking their claim as the first humans to set foot at the bottom of the world. The South Pole was theirs. “That moment will certainly be remembered by all of us who stood there,” Amundsen wrote in his account of the arduous trek. On Dec. 14, […]
LiveScience, Yahoo News, August 2011 Shimmering hot water spews from a newly formed “snowblower” vent on the Axial Volcano. A 2011 eruption at the undersea peak, which lies off the Oregon coast, offered scientists new insight into the habits of the restive underwater mountain. Watch the video and read the accompanying story below. Surprise Underwater Volcanic Eruption Discovered An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) […]
Fermilab Today, August 2010 Dark energy makes up a huge percentage of our universe – but nobody quite knows what it IS. A giant camera built to sit atop a lonely telescope in Chile is designed to start providing some answers.
NBCNEWS.com, LiveScience, Dec.2011 Ask anyone to name an Antarctic land animal, and chances are the response will be, “penguin.” Try again, says David Barnes, a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. “Penguins aren’t really residents on land. All the species except for one — emperor penguins — spend most of their lives at sea,” Barnes told OurAmazingPlanet. “And likewise the other sea birds go north during Antarctica’s winter,” he added. It turns out that the usual suspects — penguins, seals […]
OurAmazingPlanet, Yahoo! News, October 2010 NEW YORK – Since the remains of a wooden ship were unearthed at the World Trade Center construction site in mid-July, a horde of researchers has been putting the vessel under the microscope — sometimes literally — in a quest to piece together the true story of the resurrected ship, and save it from decay. Last night (Sept. 30), three of the experts most intimately involved with the 18th-century mystery ship — Michael Pappalardo, an […]
OurAmazingPlanet, October 2010 NEW YORK — On an unseasonably warm October evening in Manhattan, thousands of creatures were on the move. Marching westward, they moved with purpose down 41st street, drawn by the rose-gold light of a disappearing sun — or perhaps just the Port Authority, a couple blocks away, and the promise of home. As the daily human migration proceeded outside the TimesCenter, inside the building life-size blow-up zebras were carefully placed, glassware was unpacked, and National Geographic Channel […]
Symmetry Magazine, June 2010 Amid the sprawl of mysterious equipment in a workroom at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Gueorgui Velev and Alexander Makarov leaned over an elegant metal box the size of a single file cabinet. Suffused by a warm halo of late-afternoon sunlight, the two men, a physicist and an engineer, had the look of modern-day priests of industry gently handling a beloved reliquary. Velev lifted the box top, revealing a thin slice of dark-gray ferrite—a ceramic compound used […]
Marketplace, June 2008 Unprecedented high gold prices have put a damper on sales for those who deal in the shiny stuff; soaring costs have sent traditional buyers running for the hills. Yet one New York business man has uncovered an entirely new batch of customers hungry for his wares.
ScientificAmerican, LiveScience, May 2012 What do those numbers mean? A handy animation illustrates the enormous difference in power from one level to the next on the earthquake magnitude scale. Read on for a story on the largest earthquake ever recorded – and an explanation of the tectonic forces that are behind the most colossal of these cataclysms on our planet. Earthquake Magnitude: Just How Big Was the Biggest Earthquake? This week marks the anniversary of the largest earthquake ever recorded […]
Marketplace Morning Report, July 2008 Pain at the pump is creating a boon for scooter dealers, who are seeing a big uptick in sales. The dainty vehicles use only a tiny fraction of the gas guzzled by larger cars and SUVs, and many drivers are rushing to get a piece of the action.
LiveScience.com, OurAmazingPlanet.com, October 2011 After a massive February 2010 earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Chile, researchers used LiDAR, laser scanning technology, to assess the aftermath. Watch the video, and read the accompanying story below. Anatomy of a Disaster: Mapping Catastrophe in 3D In the chaotic aftermath of a natural disaster, recording the devastation in minute detail might seem like a macabre pursuit. But researchers are increasingly doing just that with laser technology that, they say, can help them better […]