• The Electronic Bucket Brigade

    Bucket brigades were so culturally resonant that in 1969 when F. Sangster and K. Teer of the Philips Research Labs invented a device that took electrical charged packets and moved them from one transistor to another in much the same leaky way that colonial Americans transferred buckets of water from one location to another. Kendra Pierre-Louis reports.
  • Why Light is a Wave...Sometimes.

    When a child cannonballs into a pool, a simple series of waves radiate outward from the point where they plunged in. But if two children jump in at once, they create a more intricate waterscape. Does light work the same way? Eben Bein reports.
  • Mann Humanizing Machine

    Many soldiers had come back from World War II missing limbs. Cable-powered arms were common for above-elbow amputees. That changed in the 1960s when, in a small laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fifty-five year-old man was fitted with an experimental robotic arm
  • Water on Mars: Major Breakthrough or Another Day at the Office?

    News of water on Mars created quite a stir, even though researchers saw it coming
  • Why Scientists Disagree Over Testing Brain Implants for Depression

    One research group moves forward with plans for new clinical trials, while another focuses on better understanding how the device works.
  • Study Finds Overlooked Relationship in Human Seafood Consumption

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers has found a major gap in studies of fish: beneficial nutrients and toxins, and their possible interactions, are rarely considered together.

The Search for Superorganisms

In 2009, Victoria Orphan crammed into the submarine Alvin with a pilot and another marine scientist to see an ecosystem as strange and separate as another planet.  Conor Gearin, ’15 reports on what they found at NOVA Next.