Featured in tales from the field
How a bank clerk became a record-breaking polar explorer
In between, she almost died in the Arctic.
I had to flee from a sagebrush fire
When lightning struck (literally), this wildfire researcher got a little too close to her work.
What ice cores tell us about ancient storms
Digging up the particles trapped in layers of Arctic ice.
I invented an evaporation-driven car
Bacterial spores turn moisture into mechanical energy.
Why tiny fossils can tell us more than big ones
Sorting through microfossils at the LaBrea Tar Pits.
I tracked dust mites through 300 homes
Can Western allergy kits diagnose patients in Pakistan? To find out, Rubaba Hamid visited hundreds of homes to collect their dust—and dust mites.
How a kickball helped surgeons heal a fetus
Before operating within a living womb, they had to practice.
Microbiologists are testing blood-sensing pills in pigs’ bellies
Researchers developed a sensor to detect blood in the stomach.
What I learned from getting covered in whale snot
Scientists can learn a lot from the substances in whale blow. To collect that spray, one research developed a special tool: a drone dubbed SnotBot.
I squeezed through a 7-inch passage to find ancient humans
Excavating a long-hidden cemetery in a cave.