All Featured Shows Science360 Radio

Science360 Radio showcases shows from 100+ radio and podcast series. The stream also includes webcasts, events, in-depth interviews, and documentaries from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other contributors. (Please note that we do not air every show of every series.)

NSF's Rules of Life

NSF documentary about working toward a better life for everyone by solving the riddle of predicting phenotype

NSF's Listening to the Arctic

NSF documentary about the race against nature to understand and meet the challenges of the rapidly changing Arctic

Crucial FEWSION

Understanding resilience, vulnerability and sustainability in food-water-energy systems

The Uncommon Engineer

How we can solve complex human problems by studying animals, such as snakes and spiders

Engineering Out Loud

A clean water solution for the developing world

The Science Show

The theory of primordial black holes

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

New 'autofocals' designed for people who would ordinarily need progressive lenses

The Discovery Files

New tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they're asleep

Big Biology

Why biologists and physicists should work together to find a theory of life

The Discovery Files

Speech and music may have shaped the human brain's hearing circuits

Science Talk

How calculus reveals the secrets of the universe

BioScience Talks

NSF Biological Sciences Assistant Director Joanne Tornow discusses advancing opportunities for convergence

Futureproof

What we can learn from monarch butterflies

The Academic Minute

How microbes impact our environment and survive extreme conditions

NSF's Listening to the Arctic

NSF documentary about the race against nature to understand and meet the challenges of the rapidly changing Arctic

ScienceMatters

A promising cancer treatment based on gold nanoparticles

The Discovery Files

New test uses sweat, blood, urine or saliva to easily measure common stress hormones

Sustainable Nano

Supporting vulnerable learners in education achievement

The Discovery Files

A pan-genome that captures all of the genetic information of 725 closely related wild and cultivated tomatoes

Scientist Podcast

Colloidal materials, interdisciplinary research and wearing GoPro cameras in the lab

DesignSafe Radio

Wind and natural hazards engineering, and resilient communities

The Academic Minute

Recycling food waste and the role of microbiomes in critical ecosystem processes

RadioBio

How plants move and use water to survive drought

TACC Podcast

NSF-funded supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly

Audio Abstract

The clever convenience of smart clothing

The Discovery Files

Forgotten fossils turn out to be new species of meat-eating mammal

Futureproof

The evolution of human teeth and why our jaws are too short

Disruptive podcast

Oceans Month: Soft robotic tools developed to interact with deep ocean life

Two Sea Fans

Oceans Month: On the front lines of the coral disease epidemic

Ocean Allison

Oceans Month: The importance and excitement of studying corals and exploring the deep sea

Third Pod from the Sun

Oceans Month: Deep sea journeys in the human-occupied vehicle “Alvin” 

Science Friday

The quest to turn hydrogen into a metal and ultimately a superconductor

DesignSafe Radio

New NSF-funded CONVERGE center will enhance the diversity of research underway in natural hazards

Big Biology

The powerful punch of the mantis shrimp and why we should care

The Discovery Files

Illuminating study about bird fatalities from nighttime collisions with buildings

The Science Show

How new nanomaterials bring opportunities for construction of all sizes

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Sustainable Nano

The importance of green chemistry

Two Sea Fans

Mote Marine Laboratory's success with the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program

The Discovery Files

New models predict how soon firefighters on foot will reach forest fire hot spots

Catalyzing Computing

NSF-funded Suresh Venkatasubramanian discusses the impact of the Internet and algorithms on the modern world


Catalyzing Computing

NSF-funded Suresh Venkatasubramanian talks about growing up in India, career choices, and his research on algorithmic fairness

Science Friday

Croc-like creature may reveal more about the End Triassic extinction

Main Street

Using trees to estimate the risk of severe floods

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded researchers demonstrate that sweat works as well as blood for health monitoring

RadioBio

Researching the evolutionary history of species and how they co-exist

The Academic Minute

Increasing STEM enrollment among women and underrepresented minorities

The Discovery Files

New, simple technique to detect counterfeit medicine and food fraud

TACC Podcast

Using NSF-funded supercomputers to help design an enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Science Friday

Earth Week: What our soil reserves might look like in the next fifty years

BioScience Talks

Earth Week: Investigating the use of plant microbiomes to restore native grasslands

The Discovery Files

Earth Week: Indoor air quality as bad as a polluted major city

Sustainable Nano

Earth Week: Nanomaterials, renewable energy and efforts to improve solar panels

Viterbi Voices

Earth Week: The water-energy nexus, renewable energy and the state of our planet

The Discovery Files

Why the skin bacteria of Panamanian frogs may lead to new drugs to treat human diseases

RadioBio

How plants and soil microorganisms capture and store carbon from the atmosphere

Audio Abstract

Termites, their pheromones, and potential pest control

DesignSafe Radio

Stories from a stormchaser who studies tornadoes with UAVs and drones

ScienceMatters

Using fossils to help predict future response to climate change

Science Friday

Algorithms all around us, from the justice system to health care

RadioBio

Thinking small: The role of microbial communities in our everyday lives

Engineering Out Loud

Detecting Parkinson’s disease early for better outcomes

The Discovery Files

Neutralizing proteins that play a role in rheumatoid arthritis

Big Biology

NSF's Joanne Tornow and Skip Lupia discuss the agency's 10 Big Ideas

TACC Podcast

Supercomputing the emergence of material behavior

Audio Abstract

An accidental discovery and an open mind lead to a new field of paleontology

This Week in Virology

A viral protein that restricts immunity in insects

Sustainable Nano

How nanoparticles are being used to help plants grow

Engineering Out Loud

Using microorganisms to break down dangerous chemicals into harmless end-products

DesignSafe Radio

Engineers Week: Advances in wind engineering

Viterbi Voices

Engineers Week: Groundbreaking nanophotonics research and the future of concentrated laser beams

Science Friday

How one wind farm can sap the energy of another

This Week in Virology

Why we should care about the dramatic decline in honey bees

TACC Podcast

Findings could help scientists design new ice-resistant materials

The Antarctic Sun Podcast

Why MacOps at McMurdo Station is critical to the safety of researchers in Antarctica

The Peggy Smedley Show

Science of smart cities: A discussion with Erwin Gianchandani and Ken Calvert of the National Science Foundation

Sci on the Fly

Best of 2018: Going above and beyond, both as an ecologist and as a science communicator

Science Blender

Best of 2018: Mentorship and the experience of being a first generation graduate student

WKAR Public Media

Fingerprint security and fake prints that could be used against you

Engineering Out Loud

Predict who among us is more susceptible to heart disease

60-Second Science

The tweeting habits of big city residents versus tweeters in smaller towns

Science Friday

The theory that massive underwater migrations of krill and other creatures could create powerful, ocean-mixing currents

Audio Abstract

The rising rates of herbicide and pesticide resistance

Big Picture Science

The possibility of microorganisms trapped in ice becoming re-animated as the ice melts

The Academic Minute

Looking inside the guts of animals for a potential fuel of the future

The Science Show

Heat from the North Atlantic hastens melt of Antarctic ice shelves

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

Robust neural activity related to food choice in this previously overlooked part of the brain

Sustainable Nano

Phosphates and understanding the potential environmental impacts of nanomaterials

The Antarctic Sun Podcast

U.S. Antarctic Program support staff carry out one of their most important duties – feeding all the researchers

Viterbi Voices

The future of medical imaging and the important role of electrical engineers in today’s techcentric world

TACC Podcast

NSF's Advanced Cyberinfrastructure director Manish Parashar discusses a new "Frontera" for science discoveries

Science Matters

Ways to help students overcome their fear of mathematics

Audio Abstract

It's a jungle out there... in our backyards!

The Science Show

Deep-sea corals changing in line with glacial cycles

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

Neural evidence of early learning among infants who were coupled with a peer

BioScience Talks

A synergistic approach to data-intensive science that hinges on open and collaborative research

Disruptive podcast

Using biofilms to help clean up polluted rivers

Science Friday

What makes bats so special and important to study

The Discovery Files

New polymer coating that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be applied like paint

The Science Show

Data and fairness in artificial intelligence

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Science Blender

1 grad student's path to fighting disease and the most deadly animal in the world

DesignSafe Radio

What may be the world’s first volcanic tsunami generator

The Science Show

Allowing data from the James Webb Telescope to be shared with the astronomical community

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

World’s first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

Science Friday

NSF-funded Robin Murphy explains the roadblocks in developing more human-like robots

H20 Radio

Rain-on-snow events that could bring more intense and frequent flooding in the West

The Discovery Files

Why adolescence may be a particularly vulnerable period in emotional development

The Science Show

Materials that detect electrical impulses in brain cells and transmit a patient's intention to a prosthesis

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Sustainable Nano

How nanotechnology can contribute to agriculture

Audio Abstract

Using modern dance to engage a broader audience in complex mathematical concepts

Science Blender

How antibodies can be efficiently produced in bacteria

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded physicist Daniel Whiteson discusses his career and the quest for answers about how the universe began

The Science Show

Astronomers describe the search for Earth-like planets

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

First-of-its-kind study shows how an online course changed students' mindsets and beliefs about mathematics

Science Friday

Dung hunting for cellulose-chomping fungi and bacteria

Pulse of the Planet

How many bacteria does it take to light up an Anglerfish?

The Science Show

Aiming for distant galaxies to reveal more about dark energy

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

How ordinary Wi-Fi can be used to easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded Rob Knight discusses why microbiology is changing how we think of ourselves as humans

DesignSafe Radio

Constructing full-scale structures to test designs for seismic reliability

The Discovery Files

New discovery about what drives the destructive migration of invasive sea lampreys

Pulse of the Planet

Brief look at the NSF-funded Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology

Science Friday

Pitting viruses against bacteria to combat the antibiotics crisis

Engineering Out Loud

Modeling and forecasting extreme waves to help inform wave energy technology

Sci on the Fly

Harnessing the data revolution for food, energy and water systems

Minds Alike

California first and second grade teacher uses STEM collaboration to boost learning and understanding in a dual language immersion program

Minds Alike

Wisconsin 5th grade teacher shows students that STEM has no borders or limits

Minds Alike

University mentor successfully builds local STEM workforce for telescopes, and beyond in Hawaii

Minds Alike

Oregon 3rd grade teacher takes her lessons beyond the classroom, encouraging students to solve real world problems

Minds Alike

STEM mentor inspires West Virginia University students to tackle community health problems

Pulse of the Planet

The scientist who discovered acid rain in the 1960s explains how it happened

DesignSafe Radio

Engineers pool expertise to make coastal infrastructure more resilient

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded researchers genetically engineer a bacterium that can make use of nitrogen sucked out of thin air

The Science Show

Challenges in robot locomotion, from Mars to manufacturing

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Pulse of the Planet

Hyperspectral imaging helps scientists see nanomaterials in a new way

The Discovery Files

A possible NSF-funded breakthrough in the recycling of plant waste and the production of sustainable chemicals needed for nylon, fuels and plastics

The Science Show

The massive stellar events during which elements are formed

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Science Friday

Conversations and rapport with artificial intelligence

Third Pod from the Sun

Historic data from tide gauge operators reveals more about the impact of rising sea levels

Sustainable Nano

Making nanoparticles from cellulose

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded evolutionary biologist and entomologist Jessica Ware discusses the global decline in insect populations

The Science Show

Tricks used by fish to survive in the open ocean

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

Protein that helps electric fish avoid predators could lead to improved treatment for epilepsy

Big Picture Science

Social relationships of gazelles influence transfer of beneficial gut microbes

60-Second Science

US Northeast may be more geologically active than previously thought

Science Friday

Reconstructing ancient worlds through paleoecology

The Academic Minute

How the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded MIT device uses ultrafast “frequency hopping” and data encryption to protect signals from hackers

The Science Show

Animal behavior and physiology studies used to improve life for people, as well as animals

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

DesignSafe Radio

Wind engineer Jennifer Bridge discusses her career path and using UAVs for bridge inspections

Sustainable Nano

How one researcher successfully engages students and the public in the awesomeness of science

Big Picture Science

UC Berkeley physicist Raphael Bousso discusses the search for a single, unified description of all the phenomena in nature

TACC Podcast

The best modeling yet of Earth's mantle plumes, with help from the NSF-funded Stampede supercomputer

60-Second Science

NSF-funded Dennis Kent explains how Jupiter and Venus change Earth's orbit every 405,000 years

The Science Show

Renowned mathematician Terrence Tao discusses the creativity in mathematics

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

Alligators, mountain lions and killer whales explore new territory

TACC Podcast

NSF-funded supercomputing tackles the mysteries of black holes and other space oddities

Science Friday

What should we expect from the 2018 hurricane season?

60-Second Science

Mounting evidence for another skill the Neanderthals might have shared

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded research on a treatment forecast for cancer patients to predict they will respond to chemo

WKAR Public Media

A new device that would make it easier to monitor blood pressure

People Behind the Science

Happy World Oceans Day! NSF-funded Tessa Hill discusses her research on ocean acidification and marine ecosystems

Pulse of the Planet

Research suggests that fertilizers together with nanoparticles can lead to algae blooms

The Discovery Files

Research showing that plastic trash intensifies disease for coral

DesignSafe Radio

Tsunamis, tidal waves and coastal engineering

Sustainable Nano

A new way to study the behavior of molecules that form a shell on diamond nanoparticles

The Discovery Files

Advantages of plastic, but with complete chemical recyclability

WKAR Public Media

National Science Board member and Internet pioneer Vint Cerf discusses the Internet: Past, present and future

The Academic Minute

Looking inside the guts of animals for a potential fuel of the future

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded Texas A&M team develops “injectable bandages” to heal from the inside

Big Picture Science

Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall explains a theory that connects dark matter to the dinosaurs

WKAR Public Media

Improving the security of fingerprint recognition systems

The Science Show

The big changes happening super fast in the Arctic

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

A new durable, clear coating the repels virtually every known liquid

Sci on the Fly

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Allyson Kennedy discusses the transition from research to science communication

Engineering Out Loud

NSF-funded research finds new ways to perform operations on encrypted data, without leaking critical information

The Academic Minute

A new way to gather information about the past - DNA from museum specimens

The Discovery Files

New NSF-funded technology makes movies that track how proteins fold and change shape

Nanovation

The Harry Potter-esque ability of materials to assemble themselves into well-defined structures

H20 Radio

Climate change may be shifting the U.S. divide between the relatively moist East and the arid West

Sci on the Fly

The importance of the canopy to a healthy tropical forest

Big Picture Science

The possibility of microorganisms trapped in ice becoming re-animated as the ice melts

The Discovery Files

Sticky solution to the places on the body that are difficult to bandage up

The Academic Minute

NSF-funded Laird Kramer transforms the undergraduate physics experience

Engineering Out Loud

Using 3D modeling and simulations to target tumors

The Discovery Files

Controlling aggressive Argentine ants to protect native species

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded mechanical engineer Sarah Bergbreiter discusses her work on robots the size of ants and robots with whiskers

Engineering Out Loud

NSF-funded Ravi Balasubramanian designs robo-inspired implantable mechanisms to improve orthopedic surgeries

Big Picture Science

App that allows airplane passengers to access geological data about terrain below

The Discovery Files

Interactive website helps users make sense of their privacy on the web

Big Picture Science

How sequencing the bed bug genome may lead to controlling their spread

The Discovery Files

A new algorithm extremely efficient and effective at capturing objects hidden around the next corner

WKAR Public Media

Researching more environmentally-efficient ways to produce hydropower

WKAR Public Media

In honor of World Water Day, NSF-funded research on more environmentally-efficient ways to produce hydropower

The Discovery Files

Discovery that could help older patients suffering from memory loss

The Academic Minute

Biomechanics and why being active can help older adults live better and avoid falls

Science Friday

Why the interactions among ticks, mice, deer and humans make the Lyme disease epidemic especially challenging

The Peggy Smedley Show

Science of smart cities: A discussion with Ken Calvert and Erwin Gianchandani of the National Science Foundation

The Discovery Files

Plastic nanoparticles may be able to keep a particular immune cell too busy to cause inflammation

Pulse of the Planet

How bats can change the shape of their ears in about one-tenth of a second

The Discovery Files

A potential safeguard against the dangerous wobbling of some pedestrian bridges

The Academic Minute

The polar vortex and why it keeps making us bundle up during the winter months

DesignSafe Radio

Forecasting and planning for storm surge and flooding

The Discovery Files

New strategy that nearly wipes out cancer in cellular cultures in the lab

Brain Matters

Kicking off National Engineers Week with real time neural engineering, memory and deep brain stimulation

Engineering Out Loud

How magnetic nanoparticles can be used to detect disease

The Discovery Files

New computer threat known as combo-squatting lures users to scam websites

Science Update Daily

NSF-funded Rutgers University team turns paper into a high-tech microbe zapper

Science Today

How to build lighter weight cars without sacrificing strength

The Discovery Files

Look ma, no electronics! NSF-funded smart fabric that stores data without electronics or sensors

Big Picture Science

How insects construct camouflage out of sand, plant material and sometimes other insects

Science Friday

A creature that holds the Guinness World Record for eating speed

Engineering Out Loud

Creating software to support diverse problem-solvers

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded Harvard research demonstrates a way to grow any desired shape from any starting shape

All in the Mind

Which faces people find trustworthy or competent, and how to challenge the bias of face-ism

Big Picture Science

How the moon’s natural resources might be exploited to build colonies

60-Second Science

New material that reflects light and emits infrared wavelengths, giving it the power to cool

Big Picture Science

Electrical engineer Michel Maharbiz discusses neural dust, the tiny particles being designed to interface with the human brain

WKAR Public Media

Engineering better fingerprint recognition systems and learning more about fake prints

The Discovery Files

Bilingual versus monolingual brains when it comes to learning an additional language

Engineering Out Loud

Using computational modeling to look deep into the human genome

The Discovery Files

A computer security system that uses the dimensions of your heart as your identifier

Sustainable Nano

The impact of nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals on freshwater organisms

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded Tessa Hill of UC Davis discusses her research on marine ecosystems, ocean acidification and productivity

The Academic Minute

Looking underground for evidence of an abrupt change to the world’s weather

Rules of Life

What if scientists could predict how cells, brains, bodies and biomes will react to changing environments?

The Discovery Files

New evidence of how young children are when they start to learn about some aspects of reading and writing

The Discovery Files

Best of 2017: A paper-thin, flexible device that acts as a loudspeaker and microphone

The Antarctic Sun Podcast

Best of 2017: A team of scientists travels to the Antarctic Peninsula hoping to witness an ice shelf collapse

NSF's Dig This!

Best of 2017: NSF-funded Douglas Boyer discusses efforts to create 3-D digital imagery of fossils to expand access for research

The Discovery Files

Figuring out how poisonous frogs keep from poisoning themselves

Nanovation

The Harry Potter-esque ability of materials to assemble themselves into well-defined structures

Engineering Out Loud

New ways to perform operations on encrypted data without leaking critical information

The Discovery Files

Smartphone app detects concussions and other traumatic brain injuries

DesignSafe Radio

Pioneers of disaster recovery, part 2

DesignSafe Radio

Pioneers of disaster recovery, part 1

The Discovery Files

Cotton candy machines inspire new way to build capillary structures for artificial organs

Lab Out Loud

Color me organic... chemistry

The Antarctic Sun Podcast

It's Antarctica Day -- hear scientists discussing their trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in hopes of witnessing a final act of ice shelf disintegration

The Discovery Files

Teeny tiny 'patchy particles' that are 200 times smaller than the width of a human hair and self-assemble

DesignSafe Radio

NSF-funded research on forecasting and planning for storm surge and flooding

Engineering Out Loud

Machine learning, bird songs and underwater robots

The Antarctic Sun Podcast

The U.S. Antarctic Program’s support staff carries out one of its most important duties – feeding all the researchers

Nanovation

It's National Entrepreneurs' Day! NSF-funded engineer and entrepreneur Baratunde Cola discusses business relationships, overseas competition and more

Pulse of the Planet

Working to create bio-based plastics that perform as well as traditional plastics

The Discovery Files

Getting a particular charge out of tiny holes and cracks in a material

The Discovery Files

Experimental device offers surgeons a safe, simple alternative to sutures or surgical staples for certain procedures

The Science Show

Museum of Science in Boston engages kids in STEM

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Rules of Life

'Rules of Life' public radio documentary outlines path to predicting phenotype

Pitt Medcast

Efforts to better understand how animals use their sense of smell to navigate

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Science Friday

The contributions that phytoplankton and ocean-dwelling bacteria make to ocean aerosols

The Discovery Files

Water-soluble, biocompatible assassins kill cancer cells in the bloodstream

Brain Matters

NSF-funded neuroscientist Dora Angelaki discusses her work on the vestibular system, or what some refer to as the 'sixth sense'

Pulse of the Planet

The exotic looks and stinging nature of some caterpillars

The Loh Down on Science

NSF-funded Stanford University research identifies more effective way to teach abstract math concepts to children

KPCC & CalTech

DesignSafe Radio

Hurricane Harvey: Coastal storm surge modeling for forecasting and disaster response

Big Picture Science

Neural dust: tiny particles being designed to interface with the human brain

The Science Show

Extreme changes extremely fast in the Arctic

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

New optical device to detect drugs, bomb-making chemicals and more

NSF's Dig This!

It's National Fossil Day! NSF-funded Douglas Boyer discusses efforts to create 3-D digital imagery of fossils to expand access for research

Pulse of the Planet

The nuts and bolts of biodiversity -- which species can we do without?

Rules of Life

'Rules of Life' radio documentary outlines path to predicting phenotype

The Discovery Files

New evidence of how young children are when they start to learn about some aspects of reading and writing

All in the Mind

Science of emotion -- research showing that emotions are not hardwired at birth

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded nontoxic glue modeled after adhesive proteins produced by mussels outperforms commercially available products

All in the Mind

Which faces people find trustworthy or competent and how to challenge 'face-ism'

Pulse of the Planet

Why sending supplies to a disaster-stricken area is best left to relief organizations

The Discovery Files

Exposing baby cacao plants to microbes from healthy adult cacao plants produces a key benefit

The Discovery Files

New NSF-funded tool could revolutionize the way we detect, treat pathogens

Science Update Daily

Study suggests musical games with their parents could boost ability of babies to recognize speech patterns

Big Picture Science

The dodo bird was probably not as dumb as its reputation would suggest

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded computer and information scientist Shaundra Daily discusses human-centered computing, enriched education environments, and her path to science

Science Friday

An intensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence called 'Breakthrough Listen'

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded Michigan State University engineers design a paper-thin, flexible device that can act as a loudspeaker and microphone

Pitt Medcast

NSF-funded research to better understand how animals use the sense of smell to navigate in the real world

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded Caltech biologist Lea Goentoro and graduate student Michael Abrams discuss a special talent of the moon jellyfish

The Discovery Files

A new method for digital information processing in living cells

60-Second Science

Material that reflects light and emits infrared wavelengths, giving it the power to cool

Sidedoor

Life cycle and social implications of the cell phone

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded neuroscientists shed light on how the brain coordinates complex decisions involving altruism and empathy

SciWorks Radio

Analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as the molecules form and break bonds

Science Friday

Sneezes, coughs and more: How drops disperse and spread disease

Big Picture Science

What rocks reveal about the history of Earth and how that history has influenced humans

NSF's Science Nation

NSF-funded research that aims to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic diseases more quickly and accurately

The Discovery Files

Special coatings that chemically "communicate" with bacteria, telling them what to do

Living Lab on The Point

How salt marshes mitigate damage to coastlines from storms and erosion, and what salt marshes need to thrive

The Academic Minute

How fossils come to rest on mountains and why ice sheets could be vulnerable to significant retreat

Big Picture Science

How those tiny critters that live on and in us also help and protect us

The Discovery Files

New way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions

60-Second Science

Furry wet suits? MIT engineering graduate student Alice Nasto discusses research on the air-trapping properties of beaver and otter fur

All in the Mind

Living with face blindness and not even being able to recognize your own face

Engineering Out Loud

NSF-funded engineers target cancerous tumors by using 3-D modeling and simulation

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded engineers develop optical fiber sensitive enough to hear the beating of heart muscle cells

Science Friday

The microbiome of clouds and the effects of atmospheric bacteria on weather and climate

60-Second Science

The pollination marketplace and how bees decide where to dine

Sustainable Nano

NSF-funded Center for Sustainable Polymers develops new way to make isoprene from biomass

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded pacemaker system able to catch 100 percent of mimicked malware attacks

The Naked Scientists

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the size of the universe and our search for life beyond Earth

Science Friday

World record-setter for eating speed, with 22 appendages on its face

The Discovery Files

Study finds birth method could play a role in how kids develop

Pulse of the Planet

What does a good year for acorns tell us about the risk for Lyme disease?

Science Friday

Turns out there is a positive side to worrying

Engineering Out Loud

Magnetic nanoparticles and how they can be used in medicine

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded Purdue University research could lead to more effective termite control

The Academic Minute

What shipwrecks and tree rings can tell us about future hurricanes

All in the Mind

Brain Decoding: What brain scans can reveal 

Science Friday

How researchers search for extraterrestrial intelligence when they have no idea what it might look like

Sparking Economic Growth

Business spin-off from NSF-funded research aims to make it easier and cheaper to manufacture custom prosthetics

The Discovery Files

First numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study, characterize the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes

The Discovery Files

New research adds to a growing body of evidence that there's a health cost to our increasingly illuminated nights

The Academic Minute

NSF-funded Amnon Kohen of the University of Iowa explains the process for making a drug safe for humans, but bad for bacteria

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded researchers turn to plants to solve a major problem blocking human tissue regeneration

Pulse of the Planet

Modeling Diseases: NSF-funded Stephen Eubank comments on how long the Zika virus could be a threat

Pulse of the Planet

Modeling Diseases: NSF-funded Stephen Eubank describes how cultural practices can figure into the spread of diseases

Pulse of the Planet

Modeling Diseases: NSF-funded Stephen Eubank says it involves tracking someone who looks a lot like yourself

Pulse of the Planet

Modeling Diseases: NSF-funded Stephen Eubank describes a major hurdle in stopping the spread of a disease

Brain Matters

Learning and curiosity, plus bringing research to the marketplace

Science Friday

Zooniverse citizen science director explains how to become a planet hunter

The Discovery Files

Major step forward in saving millions of human lives by increasing the availability of transplants

60-Second Science

NSF-funded Vladimir Alexeev discusses the Arctic’s anti-snowball effect

The Science Show

Moon myths, asteroids and Mercury's molten core

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Brain Matters

Merging physics and neuroscience to understand how the brain deals with space and time

Science Friday

Sea spray aerosols and the contributions that phytoplankton and ocean-dwelling bacteria make to ocean aerosols

The Discovery Files

Duke University study reveals another problem with invasive species - misdirected mating attempts

Big Picture Science

Seismic activity off the Pacific Northwest coast that may cause a 9.0 earthquake within the next 50 years

The Science Show

NSF-funded research at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions focuses on stripping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

Science Friday

A panoramic view of the August solar eclipse, thanks to citizen scientists 

Science Update Daily

NSF-funded Rutgers University engineers turn paper into a high-tech microbe zapper

The Discovery Files

Critical new information about how the human brain stores and maintains short-term memories

The Academic Minute

How lightening gets started and why it strikes one thing and not the other

Big Picture Science

Assessing the risks involved with self-driving cars and other technological innovations

The Science Show

NSF-funded Christine Cunningham, vice president of the Museum of Science in Boston, discusses engaging kids in STEM

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

People who can experience the sensation of touch simply by observing it

Science Talk

Building a resilient business inspired by biology

Big Picture Science

How volcanic activity contributed to the mass extinction that ended the Cretaceous period

Science Update Daily

Microscopic crystalline shapes that yield the strongest, most durable cement

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded research is first to link human long-term visual memory with how things move

Brain Matters

Neuroscientist Dora Angelaki discusses the vestibular system, or what she refers to as the 'sixth sense'

Pulse of the Planet

NSF-funded Virginia Tech cyberdefense expert Charles Clancy warns of new types of cybercrime

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded marine geophysicist William Sager describes how he studies the largest volcano in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded researchers develop way to manufacture microscale machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in the body

The Science Show

NSF-funded Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec discusses the rise in mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika virus and dengue fever

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

How On Earth

The science and history of eclipses, the best ways to view the eclipse in August, and how to look at an eclipse safely

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded research that could lead to new ways to make the soy plant more nematode resistant, bolstering the world's food supply

SciWorks Radio

An analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as the molecules form and break bonds

Science Update Daily

What boosts students’ learning of physics and even leads to changes in the brain

Pulse of the Planet

Creating new plastics made from bio-based feedstocks that perform as well as traditional plastics

The Academic Minute

Why fog and not rain collects mercury from the atmosphere, and what that could mean for coastal environments

The Discovery Files

Atlantic killifish living in polluted estuaries adapt to levels of highly toxic industrial pollutants that would normally kill them

WKAR Public Media

NSF-funded Emilio Moran launches a new study to find more environmentally efficient ways to produce hydropower

Sustainable Nano

A new chemical process to make isoprene, one of the key ingredients in car tires, from biomass, such as grass or corn

Science Update Daily

Self-guided flying bat bot looks much like the real thing, with artificial joints and skin

Science Today

An NSF-supported robot named Salto jumps higher and faster than any robot ever built

The Discovery Files

Carnegie Mellon University researchers develop an algorithm that helps robots sort through clutter

People Behind the Science

What's it like to be a roboticist? NSF-funded David Remy describes how he made his choices along the way and his research improving robotic locomotion

The Science Show

NSF-funded Linda Elkins Tanton explains the 2020 mission to the Asteroid Psyche

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

The Discovery Files

Identifying online behavior by linking anonymous web browsing histories with social media profiles

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded computer scientist Shawn Douglas describes nanobots that can help the human immune system destroy cancer cells

NSF's Dig This!

3-D scans of fossils now available in a virtual repository for researchers

SciWorks Radio

This accidental discovery may result in a major win-win for food and energy security

The Discovery Files

Stem cells used to regenerate the external layer of a human heart

Pitt Medcast

Cracking the olfactory code: How animals use their sense of smell 

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

60-Second Science

NSF-funded Rouzbeh Shahsavari is working on increasing the strength and toughness of concrete to help cut back on its ecological price tag

People Behind the Science

World Meteorological Day: NSF-funded geophysicist Mike Bevis discusses his life in science and how he uses ‘GPS meteorology'

Goggles Optional

A football-field sized quantum computer, the physics of frog tongues, and more

Brain Matters

Designing video games that are fun to play but also enhance cognition

Big Picture Science

Brain Awareness Week: NSF-funded neuroscientist David Eagleman explains tech that may make our descendents foreign to us

Big Picture Science

Brain Awareness Week: NSF-funded neuroscientist David Eagleman discusses how the brain makes us who we are

The Discovery Files

Brain Awareness Week: New tech for reading signals from the brain could help people with movement disabilities

Brain Matters

Brain Awareness Week: Real-time neural engineering, memory and deep-brain stimulation

Big Picture Science

How and why moon jellyfish shift their remaining limbs to re-establish symmetry when a limb is lost

All in the Mind

NSF-funded Brad Duchaine discusses his research on face blindness, which can impair one's ability to recognize even themselves

The Discovery Files

Discovery about orange puffball sea sponges could make human-made structures tougher

The Academic Minute

Research that shows women outperform men when it comes to recognizing faces

60-Second Science

New NSF-supported material that not only reflects light, but has the power to cool

Pulse of the Planet

Why a good year for acorns foreshadows greater risk for Lyme disease a couple of years later

The Discovery Files

New NSF-funded “deep learning” method enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own

Living Lab on The Point

How salt marshes help mitigate the damage to our coastlines from storms and erosion

The Academic Minute

Chemist Amnon Kohen of the University of Iowa discusses the process for making a drug safe for humans, but bad for bacteria

Science Update Daily

NYU neuroscientist Jonathan Freeman discusses subconscious stereotypes that can lead us to see hostility in friendly faces

The Discovery Files

A new NSF-funded stamp made from forests of carbon nanotubes prints electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces

Pulse of the Planet

NSF-funded Virginia Tech cyber security expert Charles Clancy describes the first line of defense in cyber warfare

NSF's Science Nation

Engaging the public to think about where nano and other emerging technologies are headed and how to make them work effectively for everyone

The Academic Minute

Why ice sheets could be vulnerable to significant retreat and rapidly rising seas on a warming planet

The Discovery Files

Atlantic killifish living in 4 polluted estuaries adapt to highly toxic pollutants that should have killed them

Science Update Daily

Bat bot to the rescue! NSF-funded researchers develop "B2," a robotic bat designed for search and rescue operations

Pulse of the Planet

NSF-funded Richard Ostfeld explains why a good year for acorns foreshadows greater risk for Lyme disease a couple of years later

The Naked Scientists

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the size of the universe and our search for life beyond Earth

The Discovery Files

What if your contact lenses could communicate with your smartphone?

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded geologist Walter Alvarez explains what rocks reveal about the history of the Earth and how that history has influenced humans

Choose to be Curious

NSF Polar Programs Division director Kelly Falkner discusses science, research and curiosity

The Discovery Files

New research on whether math skills at age five can predict math achievement at age 11

Pulse of the Planet

What animal is the unsung hero in the battle against Lyme disease?

The Naked Scientists

Harvard University anthropologist Richard Wrangham explains the critical role of fire in the evolution of humans

People Behind the Science

Adventures of the geophysicist widely known for ‘GPS meteorology,’ which uses GPS signal delays to measure atmospheric water vapor

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded research on why older adults with normal hearing still struggle to follow speech amidst background noise

The Academic Minute

Why fog collects mercury from the atmosphere and what that could mean for coastal environments

TACC Podcast

NSF-funded research combines cryo-electron microscopy with supercomputer simulations to create best model yet of a vital molecular machine

60-Second Science

Adding commuter data improves computer model for forecasting flu

The Discovery Files

Wind patterns near supercell thunderstorms can help predict whether that storm will generate a tornado

Science Today

An NSF-supported robot named Salto jumps higher and faster than any robot ever built

The Science Show

NSF-funded Joe Giaime discusses what's possible with additional LIGO detectors on Earth and in space

Provided by ABC Radio National in Australia

NSF's Science Nation

Individualizing chronic disease management to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic diseases more quickly

The Discovery Files

A new NSF-funded software called "Shuffler" preempts attacks from computer hackers

Sidedoor

The life cycle of a cellphone and the social implications of the device becoming one of our most intimate possessions

NSF's Dig This!

At first, they thought it must be a mistake. Gene sequencing reveals a surprise in the early modern human family tree

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded sonar technology that allows you to interact with mobile devices by writing or gesturing on any nearby surfaces

NSF's Weather or Not!

An array of underwater microphones catalogues the sounds of marine mammals, such as bowhead whales and bearded seals, near the Bering Strait

Science Update Daily

This NSF-funded materials scientist is reinventing cement one microscopic crystal at a time

The Discovery Files

How one NSF-funded researcher is dramatically increasing the yield and quality of soybeans

Pulse of the Planet

Thin film technology being developed at the NSF Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Federal News Radio

An associate dean for research at Arizona State University explains that part of the problem with outmoded technology is outmoded thinking

Science Update Daily

NSF-funded University of Illinois mechanical engineer Taher Saif combines living cells with nanomaterials to design swimming biobots

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded life-changing, history-making surgery brings back some sense of touch for quadriplegic man

Science Today

Materials scientist and mechanical engineer Suveen Mathaudhu is figuring out how to build lighter weight cars without sacrificing strength

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded David Stern of Cornell discusses his passion for growing our understanding of photosynthesis to improve plant metabolism

Big Picture Science

Beth Archie studies the micobiomes of baboons as part of her research on how disease spreads within social groups of wild animals

Pulse of the Planet

NSF-funded oceanographer Jules Jaffe describes the final test of an instrument designed to reveal the mysteries of the deep ocean

The Discovery Files

Study finds notable differences in baby sizes, suggesting birth method could play a role in how kids develop

Science Today

NSF-funded electrical and computer engineer Yasamin Mostofi develops novel ways to use WiFi signals to optimize heating and cooling systems

60-Second Science

Computer simulations reveal ricochet effect after massive forest die-offs, impacting climate and ecosystems half a world away

The Academic Minute

NSF-funded physicist explains why getting a solid out of equilibrium could bring big benefits in the future

SciWorks Radio

The Eastern coyote is genetically altered by Mother Nature through her experiments in evolution

The Discovery Files

A way to neutralize certain network hack attacks by diverting the hacker to a decoy network

Science Update Daily

Reason why children who experience adversity in early life have an increased risk of health problems and early death

People Behind the Science

Geologist Christine McCarthy of Columbia University talks about her research on earthy moves and icy flows, plus life outside the lab

The Academic Minute

How an NSF-funded researcher is using shipwrecks & tree rings to predict where hurricanes will hit in the future

The Discovery Files

Relying only on their mind -- the ability for someone with paralysis to communicate in a way fast enough for meaningful conversation

Science Update Daily

Birds in Africa use their feathers to produce loud sounds as part of elaborate mating rituals

SciWorks Radio

Analog DNA circuit, funded by NSF, adds, subtracts and multiplies as the molecules form and break bonds

60-Second Science

Furry wet suits? MIT engineering graduate student Alice Nasto discusses research on the air-trapping properties of beaver and otter fur

NSF's Weather or Not!

How does space weather impact us here on Earth? NSF-funded Bob Clauer explains why space weather forecasts are important and how he's hoping to improve them

The Discovery Files

New algorithm makes it easier to determine if someone has faked an Amazon or Yelp review or paid for popularity on Twitter

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded Blake Meyers of the University of Missouri discusses his research on disease resistance genes in plants and his life as a plant scientist

NSF's Weather or Not!

Rat relief? NSF-funded molecular ecologist Michael Blum shares some surprising results from his team's tracking of pathogen-carrying rodents after disasters

The Academic Minute

Like it or not, you're probably getting a dose of someone else's bacteria. So how is that a good thing?

The Discovery Files

MIT neuroscientists identify two brain regions that help merge fleeting views of surroundings into seamless, 360-degree panoramic memories

60-Second Science

NSF-funded research using whole genome sequencing identifies a third species in what was thought to be 2 organisms living in a symbiotic relationship

Big Picture Science

Paleoanthropologist Bernard Wood explains how he identifies hominid fossils he discovers and his work on the early human family tree

SciWorks Radio

NSF-funded biologist Howard Neufeld discusses how little we know about what causes leaves to turn a particular color

The Academic Minute

Samuel Sober of Emory University explores which part of our brain helps us avoid making the same error twice

The Discovery Files

Perception of weight – too heavy or too skinny – may be tied to genes inherited from parents, especially for woman

Science Update Daily

NSF-funded chemist Ralf Kaiser comments on a discovery that the building blocks of life on Earth could have formed in icy corners of the Universe

People Behind the Science

Sharon Swartz of Brown University discusses her life as a scientist and her adventures investigating the mechanisms and evolution of bat flight

SciWorks Radio

For "Fossil Friday" fans, a story about fossil hunting, ancient ecosystems, and how they relate to our future

NSF's Dig This!

At first, they thought it must be a mistake. Gene sequencing reveals a surprise in the early modern human family tree

The Discovery Files

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Find out what an Indiana University study shows regarding when you're most likely to self-sabotage

The Academic Minute

Molly Cummings of the University of Texas, Austin describes how fish use polarized light to disappear from view in the open ocean

People Behind the Science

Plant biologist Malia Gehan discusses her NSF-funded research on how to improve crop productivity and plant resistance to temperature stress

Big Picture Science

NSF-funded bioengineer Christopher Voigt of MIT describes his research on programming living cells and solving problems in biotechnology

Science Update Daily

NSF-funded study suggests that musical games with parents could boost babies’ ability to recognize speech patterns

The Discovery Files

Genetically designed bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of non-toxic, natural amino acids

60-Second Science

Bees are picky about their pollen. NSF-funded pollination biologist Anne Leonard explains the pollination marketplace and how bees decide where to dine

Science Talk

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry is shared by NSF-funded J. Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University and two others for creating molecular machines

NSF's Weather or Not!

Earth Science Week wraps up with this interview about the impact of drought and heat on power plants in the western U.S

NSF's Dig This!

How did chemistry help reveal pregnancy in a T. rex fossil? Biologist Mary Schweitzer describes one of the most important fossil discoveries ever made

NSF's Dig This!

It's National Fossil Day! Biologist Mary Schweitzer discusses her discovery of medullary bone in a T. rex fossil and how researchers can now tell the sex of a dinosaur

Big Picture Science

We're kicking off Earth Science Week with Geophysicist Adrian Borsa, who discusses his research on how drought is causing the ground to rise in the western U.S

Science Update Daily

The armadillo’s poor eyesight is helping researchers understand the genes behind certain forms of blindness

People Behind the Science

NSF-funded Gail Ashley of Rutgers University discusses searching the sediments to uncover sources of food and water for early humans

The Discovery Files

A new type of NSF-funded electronic sensor might be used to quickly detect and classify bacteria for medical diagnostics and food safety

All in the Mind

NSF-funded neuroscientist Jack Gallant discusses his team's approach to decoding the brain and the results thus far

The Academic Minute

We're kicking off "World Space Week" with this feature about finding the “fingerprints” of the first group of stars in our universe

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Study shows parents in the United States are much less happy than non-parents, the biggest gap among 22 nations

Science Today

Testing the toughness of fungi under fire reveals more about overall forest health and recovery time after fires and clear-cutting

The Discovery Files

NSF-funded researchers first to invent 'smart' threads coated with sensors that collect diagnostic data when sutured into tissue

The Academic Minute

Thomas Gulick of UT Austin explains how climate can grind mountains faster than they can be rebuilt

Science Update Daily

If you have trouble falling asleep in a new bed, known as "first night effect," you can thank our early ancestors, who needed it for survival

Living Lab on The Point

Cheryl Hayashi of UC Riverside discusses her passion for spiders and her research on the evolution and amazing variety of spider silk