There’s no blueprint for excellence, but some building blocks are crucial.
Research institutes and "centres of excellence" exist around the world to draw talent and to share resources - all with the aim of solving important problems.
Author Tom Iliffe leads scientists on a cave dive.
Scientific fieldwork that happens underground and underwater in spectacular but dangerous caves opens a window on a largely unknown world.
Crews clean up debris in a neighborhood flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 26, 2017.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Epidemiologists study disease outbreaks in populations to determine who gets sick and why. In the wake of this year's hurricanes, they are assessing impacts from mold, toxic leaks and other threats.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world.
Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.
Hiscox and students practice for the big day with a weather balloon.
Meteorology researchers across the country are prepping experiments for the mini-night the eclipse will bring on August 21 – two minutes and 36 seconds without the sun in the middle of the day.
Into the unknown.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.
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Intensified rice production in Cambodia's dry season is wreaking havoc on local bird populations.
Polysaccharide molecules such as cellulose, seen here, are long chains of sugars that are very hard to break apart. Enzymes – proteins that can degrade polysaccharides – have many industrial uses.
Bio-prospecting is the search for useful materials from natural sources. A biologist explains what we can learn from bacteria about breaking down plant material, and how we can use that knowledge.
NERC / National Oceanography Centre
The new sub allows scientists to access some of the most remote and hazardous environments in the ocean.
Muskoxen group together for security.
How is rapid warming in the Arctic affecting animals that are adapted to cold? A wildlife biologist is using many techniques to find out, including stalking muskoxen in a polar bear costume.
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A PhD candidate retells the moving stories of Syrian women, as they try to find a place in their new neighbourhoods.
Our citizen science project was designed to record bird sounds but produced some surprisingly funny impressions.
The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.
A glaciologist develops a lightweight method for probing the depths of Greenland's ice sheet to answer a crucial question: How fast is it melting?
Public park in Manhattan, home to a rat population with over 100 visible burrows.
Dr. Michael H. Parsons
Rats foul our food, spread disease and damage property, but we know very little about them. A biologist explains how he tracks wild rats in New York City, and what he's learned about them so far.
Archaeologists on the front lines.
Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University
Cultural resource management archaeologists don't choose where they dig. Instead they identify, evaluate and preserve cultural heritage sites in locations slated for development.
Laura de Mingo
Glamorous award ceremonies and popular TV shows can only get you so far – finding the time to do the science is still the most important thing.
Ice cold physics: hunting for neutrinos in Antarctica.
Sven Lidström, IceCube/NSF
A cubic kilometer of clear, stable ice could help physicists answer big questions about cosmic rays and neutrinos. Hardy scientists collect data via a unique telescope at the frozen bottom of the world.
Ed S. Johovac
Louis Monroy Santander has been looking at how locals in the town of Sanski Most are moving on after a brutal conflict.
Tiny termites build mega mounds.
They're the soil-builders that allow Africa's arid savannas to be lush grasslands. What do they do inside their huge mounds – and how does a collective mind allow them to do it?
Launching a space balloon in Sweden.
Geomagnetic storms can interact with particles near Earth, causing issues for satellites and other tech. Researchers send balloons 20 miles into the sky to figure out just what's going on up there.