Hibernation: The Ultimate Suspended Animation

Hibernation: What is hibernation exactly? Is it the opposite of sleep? Is it the future of manned space exploration? Revisit the topic with Julie and Robert as they enter the hibernacula and discuss this perplexing biologic state.

The Real Scoop on Hibernating Black Bears

Have you ever wondered whether you had a slow metabolism? You probably don't, because it's rare, according to the Mayo Clinic folks. On the other hand, black bears in hibernation do. We know this thanks to five American black bears and a handful of intrepid researchers based out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, who got an up-close, heavily documented look at what happens during hibernation. The research was released today in the journal Science.