On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" intrigued scientists, appalled religionists and fascinated the public. Now, 150 years later, "Origin" still causes ripples. This report--updated on the original publication's anniversary--gives a surprising glimpse inside the science and society that fueled his rise to science stardom.
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There is this obscure body of water separating Iceland from Greenland called the Denmark Strait. It's not very wide, only some 600 miles, but it's one of the most important stretches of water in the entire world-ocean circulation. Here's why: Every second of every day millions of cubic meters of warm water flow north along the British Isles and up the coast of Norway aboard an arm of the Gulf Stream System, treating Western Europe to a far more moderate climate than their latitude deserves. However, if all that warm water flows north, an equal quantity of cold water must flow south to maintain the circulation--the stability of our climate depends on it. The narrow Denmark Strait is the main portal for southbound water. Therefore, it's vital we understand the upstream system that delivers water to the strait.The accepted theory has held that a current flowing down the East Greenland coast delivered most of the water to the strait. It sounded reasonable. Besides, this region was so under-measured no one had enough data to offer another hypothesis. But then in 2004 two Icelandic oceanographers, Drs. Jonsson and Valdimarsson, found intriguing evidence of an unknown current. That doesn't happen very often these days; in fact, it's almost unprecedented. The current seemed to pass over the north slope of Iceland and then flow into the Denmark Strait. The Icelanders were certain enough of its existence to give it a name--the North Icelandic Jet. Then during a follow-on expedition in 2008, WHOI oceanographer Bob Pickart verified its existence with more extensive measurements. Not only is this a new current, not only does it flow into this important Denmark Strait--it supplies fully half the water that exits the strait to form the return-flow current. At least that's the hypothesis. It remains to be proven. That's what this cruise is all about.
At 2014's Consumer Electronics Show, visitors were introduced to brand new products never seen before. At Eureka park, visitors could take look into future products from companies funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research Program. This NSF program funds companies that create prototypes with the potential to reach homes within three years.
The "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games" is a 10-part video collection that delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.
Science & U! explores the world of science, taking the headlines and information you need and showing its importance in our everyday life. From technology, research and health to kids, humor and the arts each program explores these topics in clear, concise and engaging presentations designed for audiences of all backgrounds and ages!
Responding to the need for a comprehensive understanding of the brain, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative on April 2, 2013. Led by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, BRAIN is a bold new research effort. Click Here for more information.
WildFIRE PIRE (Partnerships in International Research and Education) is an international partnership focused on the causes and consequences of fire in the past, present, and future. This partnership includes scientists, educators, and fire specialists from: Montana State University, University of Colorado, University of Idaho, Salish Kootenai College, USDA Forest Service, Australian National University, University of Auckland, University of Tasmania, Landcare Research, and Monash University. The project also involves research and land managers from US and foreign non-profit conservation organizations, who are providing internship experiences for undergraduates and timely fire information. The expertise of the team includes scientist working on fire history, fire ecology, fire climatology, fire management, cultural anthropology, biodiversity and fire conservation, and invasive species. The team also includes specialists in natural history filmmaking and outreach, international education programs, project assessment, and data management.
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource.
The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or "chapters," that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant -yet amazing and diverse-groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use.
What science is telling us about climate change. Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex scientific puzzles ever to confront humankind.
Inside Science TV (ISTV) produces short-form news vignettes about cutting-edge research and development in science, engineering, and mathematics designed to fit seamlessly into local television newscasts in stations across the United States and internationally. Inside Science TV is supported by the American Institute of Physics and a group of science, engineering, and mathematics societies.
2013 is the International Year of Statistics, a worldwide campaign supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and more than 2,020 other agencies and organizations in 123 countries. You may ask, "Why celebrate statistics?" Statistical sciences have powerful and far-reaching effects, and one of the goals of the year-long celebration is to help people understand and appreciate the impeccable impact these invisible sciences are having on our lives.Statistical sciences are helping us find solutions to numerous global challenges, such as climate change, cancer research, security, energy, sustainability and environmental protection. Statistical sciences are becoming increasingly critical to academia, businesses, and government agencies, who are relying on data-driven analytics to make informed decisions. And, in the scientific and engineering communities, data and statistical sciences are enabling new discoveries in all disciplines and powering new areas of exploration. At NSF, statistical sciences are supported across the Foundation, though support primarily comes from various programs within the Division of Mathematical Sciences and the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Statistical sciences are supported through not only the core programs, but also through various national priority areas, such as these, among others:Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)Interface of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering (BioMaPS)Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineering our Future (DMREF)Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA)Neuroscience & Brainmapping
In the Grass, On the Reef follows the research of two Florida State University marine ecologists. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes study coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes (In the Grass) and oyster reefs (On the Reef). These systems provide us with many services: sheltering commercially important crabs and fish, cleaning the water, preventing erosion, to name just a few. Follow their research journey with this series of videos.
Understanding the behavior of our atmosphere is vital to preserving the future of our Earth, and the natural resources we rely on. Scientists across the country are dedicated to researching the areas of atmospheric research and Earth system sciences. Welcome to UCAR, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, where a consortium of universities, academic affiliates, and scientists are connected to better understand everything from solar storms to wildfires.
Synergy is an experimental program that catalyzes partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide meaningful creative and intellectual experiences for both the general public and for participating artists and scientists. We carefully select and match artists and scientists to work together to formulate a shared voice. We then present the outcome of these collaborations as group exhibitions that invite the public to engage with this unique collision of art and science. Synergy was conceived in early 2012 in affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
From Thomas Edison's light bulb to Wilbur and Orville Wright's flying machine, inventors and inventions transform the way we communicate, travel and live our daily lives--thanks to the creative process of innovation. That process is highlighted in this video series The Science of Innovation. In celebration of the 165th birthday of one of America's greatest innovators, Thomas Edison, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and NBC Learn, produced this 11-part series narrated by NBC News' Ann Curry highlighting innovators from across the country.
The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. The mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.
For 60 years, NSF-supported graduate research fellows (GRFs) have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering and to the nation. As part of the celebration of this anniversary, NSF sponsored the "GRFP: Creating the Future" Video Competition. Current GRFs were asked to submit 90-second videos showing how their research can help shape the future for them as individuals, for their fields of work, and for the world.
Produced by the American Chemical Society, Bytesize Science is an award-winning video series that uncovers the chemistry in everyday life. Bytesize Science is available at www.bytesizescience.com.
Hosted by the NSF's Dena Headlee, NSF Science Now is a weekly newscast covering some of the latest in NSF-funded innovation and advances across all areas and disciplines, from astronomy to zoology. This fast paced, news round-up reports many of the week's top stories.