great smoky mountains national park

A national park battles pollution

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park bordering North Carolina and Tennessee is not only a natural paradise but also is home to 20,000 species of animals and plants. However, that park has some of the highest measured air pollution and the highest level of acid rain of any national park in the country.

SciTechNow Episode 408

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look at how one scientist uses unconventional research techniques to study muskoxen; the growing biotech movement; students try their hand at engineering; and how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is battling pollution.

Learn how fireflies synchronize

North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to rare fireflies that can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Six flashes at a time, at first independently, then in unison, make up an elaborate mating dance that can only be seen for two weeks each year