The $1 Microscope

The $1 Microscope

Synopsis Manu Prakash and his colleagues from Stanford University have invented a foldable microscope–called a Foldscope–that can be made for less than a dollar and has the potential to bring the power of microscopy to people who have never used a...
Ancient DNA

Ancient DNA

Synopsis At the University of California, Santa Cruz, Beth Shapiro and Ed Green are trying to understand how populations, species and ecosystems change through time, particularly in response to environmental and other changes in their habitat.  They use the latest...
Mysteries of the Ocean

Mysteries of the Ocean

Synopsis In a lab at MIT, Roman Stocker is spying on the lives of microbes. He and his colleagues try to visualize—and understand—microscopic processes in the ocean that happen at a scale so small we have never before been able to observe them clearly in action in the...
Dark Matters

Dark Matters

Synopsis Dark matter makes up 85% of the mass of the universe and is responsible for its underlying structure. Yet it doesn’t emit or absorb light. We can only observe how it pulls and tugs on other things. But scientists at Stanford have pioneered new visualization...
Decoding Our Senses

Decoding Our Senses

Synopsis We live in a world where our eyes and ears are almost constantly bombarded with colors, shapes, textures and noises of all types. How exactly do our brains translate these sights and sounds into meaningful images and words? At the University of California,...