Science Out Of The Box
April 4, 2009 The mission: Travel more than 600 miles across the Arctic Ocean, in temperatures down to 40 degrees below zero. It's the Catlin Arctic Survey, a British expedition to the North Pole. Its goal is to collect data to help scientists determine how fast the sea ice is disappearing.
March 14, 2009 It costs $20 million to battle the invasive lamprey in the Great Lakes. The blood-sucking fish is killing off many species of native fish there. But scientists have developed a "love potion" made of the fish's own pheromones to lure the lamprey into traps.
February 14, 2009 Two researchers are trying to use cotton candy to create a network of vessels that could carry blood through artificial tissue. If successful, the synthetic tissue they create could be used in applications from skin grafts to breast reconstruction.
January 17, 2009 More than a million people are expected to converge on the National Mall this Tuesday. That spells trouble for the D.C. Department of Transportation, which on a normal day contends with nightmarish traffic. The city is turning to a four-dimensional map, which shows real-time traffic and weather conditions in a virtual model of the city.
January 3, 2009 The volcanic system that powers the geysers, mud pots and steam vents at Yellowstone National Park has shaken the ground more than 400 times in the past eight days. The quakes have scientists scratching their heads and sleep-deprived park rangers hoping for relief.