The evolution of animal societies

Scientists who are interested in the evolution of animal societies have long theorized about the origins of these societies. Up until now much of the research on this topic has been centered around bees and ants. Now a new study is looking at other animal societies with the hope of gaining new insight.

SciTech Now Episode 410

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look at how one zoo is helping sea turtles from becoming extinct; studying the evolution of animal societies; a story of how scientists turned an accident into an opportunity for innovation; and a lab in Penn State University playing an important role in exploring opportunities in additive manufacturing.

The evolution of the legendary New York City rat

For the past four years, researchers have been trapping rats and extracting their DNA to learn more about their evolutionary origins and their interactions with urban environments. Dr. Munshi- South joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the rats of New York City.

A look into Darwin’s unseen manuscripts

The American Museum of Natural History is working to digitize Charles Darwin’s manuscripts and make them available to the public electronically. David Kohn, Director of the Darwin manuscript project at the American Museum of Natural History joins Hari Sreenivasan.

SciTech Now Episode 336

In this episode of SciTech Now, the creation of the Vaux’s Swifts new habitat; a look into Darwin’s unseen manuscripts; Calwave Power Technologies is harnessing the renewable power of ocean waves to produce both electricity and freshwater; and Penn State students predicting perfect sunsets.

Tracking the spread of Zika

Epidemiologists in North Carolina are tracking the evolution and geographic spread of the Zika virus, from when it was first identified in 1947, to today.