This monster plant is trying to take over. what if we let it?
Silicon Valley is home to tech giants, venture capital...and a years-long battle between an invasive species, a tiny bird, and a bunch of scientists trying to decide what counts as "nature." We put on the biggest boots we could find and headed out to the strange salt flats of the San Francisco bay to check it out.
An atomic bomb, a scandal, and the neighborhood next door
In 1946, the American military detonated a nuke underwater in the Pacific Ocean to see what would happen to abandoned warships nearby. In this video, we trace the far-reaching consequences of that test. It leads all the way to the present day; to a major American city; and to a nuclear scandal that’s cost millions and has put people behind bars.
Creating the world’s first domesticated foxes
This week, we meet the very cute and very bizarre result of an almost 60-year-long experiment: they’re foxes that have been specially bred for their dog-like friendliness toward people. We do a little behavior research of our own, and discover what scientists continue to learn from the world’s most famous experiment in domestication.
This algorithm decodes rat squeaks and could revolutionize animal research
Rats are social and chatty critters, but most of their chatter is above the frequency that human ears can hear. If researchers could listen to what rats are “saying,” it could change countless experiments. This week, we try our hand at recording ultrasonic rat squeaks, and visit some scientists who built their own software to make sense of what we captured.