Adam Cole

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.


Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.

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From Aztecs To Oscars: Popcorn's Beautiful, Explosive Journey

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Long before it fueled moviegoers, popcorn helped lay the foundation for the Aztec empire. In our video, we look at popcorn under a microscope, where the rock-hard kernel's fluffy secret is revealed.


We Have A Science Tumblr, And Its Name Is 'Skunk Bear'

Monday, January 13, 2014

Follow Skunk Bear for quirky animations, intriguing videos, illustrations, GIFs, behind-the-scenes radio moments, dispatches from the intersection of science and culture, homemade lava recipes, underwater operas, and fascinating graphs hastily scrawled on napkins. It's all about science.


Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals. Hear the story of arborial resurrection in anapestic tetrameter.

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Catch The Geminid Meteor Shower Tonight

Friday, December 13, 2013

This year's shower might serve up more than a hundred shooting stars every hour, but the bright streaks could be washed out by a nearly full moon.


To Understand A Russian Fireball, Physicists Turn To YouTube

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hundreds of videos captured the flight of a fiery meteor over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia last winter. Now scientists have used those videos to help calculate the force of the blast and to triangulate the meteor's path.


The Latest In Scientific Field Equipment? Fido's Nose

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Conservationists around the world are using a new kind of field equipment. It can navigate difficult terrain, detect tiny chemical samples, and ... wag its tail. Detection dogs are teaming up with humans to study rare, endangered and invasive organisms.


The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Scientists are always looking for a more accurate answer to the question, "What time is it?" Now they've built the most precise atomic clock yet — but it's not just telling time. It has the potential to investigate the accuracy of the General Theory of Relativity.

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Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The program is part of a national push for science education among minorities. A U.S. Department of Commerce study found that blacks and Latinos are half as likely as whites to have a job in science or engineering.


Headed To Mars? Watch Out For Cosmic Rays

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The dose of radiation an astronaut would experience on a trip to Mars is higher than the annual limit set for workers at nuclear power plants. But Mars enthusiasts say the radiation threat isn't high enough to cancel the trip.


Scientific Tooth Fairies Investigate Neanderthal Breast-Feeding

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas, breast-feed their offspring for several years. Some baby orangutans nurse until they are 7 years old. Researchers found a way to test ancient teeth for clues about when humans cut nursing short.

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Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scientists have discovered water that was sealed in Canadian bedrock for nearly half of Earth's history. It may contain the descendants of ancient microbes. The discovery could give scientists new insights into early life on Earth and inform the search for life on other planets.


Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Millions of basketball fans will fill out NCAA tournament brackets this week and try to correctly predict the outcomes of every game. The chances of succeeding are about 1 in 150 quintillion. A group of computer scientists are trying to beat those odds by writing programs that learn to pick winners.


Young Adult Prairie Dogs Dig Living In Mom's Basement

Friday, March 08, 2013

Most animals leave their home turf when they reach adulthood to avoid competing with relatives. But here's an exception: More than three decades of dogged research shows that prairie dogs are more likely to disperse when all of their family members are gone.


To Make Mice Smarter, Add A Few Human Brain Cells

Thursday, March 07, 2013

For more than a century, neurons have been the superstars of the brain. Now researchers say that when they placed human versions of another type of brain cell into mice brains, the mice grew up to be faster learners. This supports the hypothesis that these glial cells — and not just better-known neurons — play an important role in learning.


The Argentine Ant Invasion

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our short Argentine Invasion traces the relentless and bloody march of a band of ant warriors whose empire now wraps around the planet (they've been found on every continent except Antarctica). Adam Cole charts their impressive path to global ant dominance in a stylish graphic.

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Fox In Socks! Dartmouth Names Its Medical School After Dr. Seuss

Thursday, April 05, 2012

No word yet on whether memorizing The Cat in the Hat will now become a requirement for medical school admission.


Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

Monday, October 31, 2011

The U.N. says today symbolically marks the moment when the world's population reaches 7 billion. A little more than two centuries ago, the global population was 1 billion. How did it grow so big so fast? With the help of a sound montage and video, it gets a bit easier to see how the Earth can produce that kind of a crowd.