Topic: Environment & Conservation

February 14, 2018 Shark Skin Inspiration - Structures in shark skin could inspire improved aerodynamics in drones and wind turbines.
February 2, 2018 HUMANS AND ANIMALS – Encore Edition - HUMANS AND ANIMALS - Encore Edition - The origins of ancient house cats in China. Crows that hold grudges. And, how global warming is creating a new breed of Arctic explorers - of the avian variety. Also: the lengths squirrels will go to to hide their nuts.
January 31, 2018 Energy Saving Homebodies - As Americans spend more time at home, overall energy use is dropping.
January 30, 2018 Modifying Mammal Movement - How do humans alter mammal movements across the landscape?
January 29, 2018 Coral Reef Plastic - Plastic garbage triggers disease in coral reefs.
January 19, 2018 Soil Bacteria Atlas - A global atlas of soil bacteria could help with soil management efforts around the world.
January 16, 2018 Cleaner Air - Declining organic aerosols are good for human health.
January 9, 2018 Anti-Poaching Rhino DNA - Matching poached rhino horns to the scene of the crime using DNA to nab wildlife traffickers.
January 1, 2018 Alaskan Power Microgrids - Alaska leads the way to a more independent and renewable energy supply.
November 2, 2017 Geese vs. Hunters - Geese are holing up in the big city during the winter to avoid hunters.
September 29, 2017 Tsunami Rafts - Japan’s 2011 tsunami carried hundreds of tiny species to the west coast of the United States by on manmade plastic objects.
September 26, 2017 Restoring the California Condor - Reducing lead ammo may restore California condors.
September 18, 2017 Old Fish - Many populations of fish are losing their biggest, oldest members.
September 12, 2017 Worldwide Renewables - How practical is a worldwide switch to 100% renewable energy?
September 7, 2017 Environmental DNA Collection - Conducting a census of species using environmental DNA.
September 1, 2017 Leaf Size Limits - What limits the maximum size of a plant’s leaves?
July 19, 2017 Amphibian ARC - Scientists build a rescue “ark” to protect endangered frogs.
July 12, 2017 Fighting Fungi - Scientists may learn how to deal with fungal disease by fighting a frog pandemic.
June 21, 2017 Harlequin Frog Release - Researchers release endangered Harlequin frogs back into the Panamanian rainforest.
June 20, 2017 Wildebeest Windfall - Unlucky wildebeests play a big role in African river ecology.
May 24, 2017 Saving Salt Marshes - Saving endangered salt marshes.
May 22, 2017 Marine Debris Tracker - A smartphone app allows citizen scientists to track litter that makes its way into our waterways.
May 11, 2017 Human Noise in the Wilderness - Human-produced noise is adding significantly to the ambience in national parks.
April 14, 2017 Nutrient Dust - Distant dust helps bring vital nutrients to mountain ecosystems.
April 11, 2017 Salty Lakes - Road salt is slowly turning many northern lakes and streams salty.
April 3, 2017 Mobile Plastic Fuel - Mobile power reactors could turn plastic garbage into gasoline and diesel fuel.
March 30, 2017 Cryo-Recycling - Icy temperatures may be the key to recycling unwanted technology.
March 29, 2017 Antibiotics vs. Bees - Antibiotics used to treat foulbrood in honeybee hives could be contributing to the decline of honeybee populations.
March 1, 2017 Seagrass Fights Disease - Underwater seagrass meadows combat disease.
February 15, 2017 Endangered Crow Calls - What happens to the calls of an endangered bird species when its only remaining members live in captivity?
February 13, 2017 Road Birds - Playing birdsongs near roads can entice birds to repopulate abandoned habitat.
February 10, 2017 Testing for Pesticides - Computer modeling may reveal which pesticides post long-term risks.
December 19, 2016 Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles - In a race against time, scientists attempt to stop an insect invader by using its own sounds.
October 21, 2016 Dolphin Stranding - Rescue volunteers respond to a stranded dolphin on Cape Cod.
October 20, 2016 Saving Salt Marshes - Saving endangered salt marshes.
October 6, 2016 Marine Debris Tracker - A smartphone app allows citizen scientists to track litter that makes its way into our waterways.
September 23, 2016 Bowhead Whale Songs - Bowhead whales in the Arctic Ocean sing a large variety songs to communicate with other whales.
September 14, 2016 Environmental DNA Collection - Conducting a census of species using environmental DNA.
September 12, 2016 Giraffe Genetics - A DNA analysis reveals that giraffes make up four different species instead of just one.
September 1, 2016 Bird Migration & Climate Change - Climate change could be leading to food shortages for migrating birds.
August 31, 2016 Pygmy Possums & Fire - Under certain circumstances, small hibernating animals can wake up to escape from forest fires.
August 18, 2016 From Prairies to Corn - Market forces have recently converted large areas of sensitive North American prairies to cropland.
July 22, 2016 Rooting Out Pythons - An invasive python’s own social behaviors could be its undoing in Florida.
June 17, 2016 Tree Longevity - A listener asks why some trees live for thousands of years.
June 2, 2016 Caterpillar Engineers - Caterpillars build tiny “houses” that shelter other creatures as well.
April 13, 2016 Half Earth - A famous biologist proposes protecting biodiversity by limiting the activities of Homo sapiens to just half the planet.
April 5, 2016 Fisheries Recovery - A new report finds that global fisheries could boost both sustainability and annual catch.
April 4, 2016 Clouds & Biodiversity - Scientists are tracking the range of species by analyzing satellite images of cloud cover.
March 21, 2016 Storks & Junk Food - Storks in Europe are forgoing migration to Africa because of the ready availability of human food from landfills.
March 3, 2016 Methane Leak Lessons - The massive methane leak in California’s Aliso canyon highlights the global side effects of the fossil fuel industry on the atmosphere.