NSF Science Now

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.

NSF Science Now: Episode 24

In this week's episode we discover secrets in buried soils. We learn how elephant seals protect their organs when diving. We learn about Amulet- the future in wearable technology and finally we explore the fast-moving Thwaites glacier in Antarctica.

NSF Science Now: Episode 23

In this week's episode we discover the earliest and most primitive pterodactyloid. We learn about a new device for diagnosing pancreatic cancer. We study the cougars' diet and finally we explore a science & engineering festival.

NSF Science Now: Episode 22

In this week's episode we discover hidden dangers in crib mattresses. We learn about a new stretchable antenna for wearable health monitoring devices. We study the dynamics of deep Earth and finally we explore Antarctic ice sheets from above.

NSF Science Now: Episode 21

In this week's episode we discover the oldest fossil evidence of modern, venomous snakes in Africa. We discover what was going on in the earliest moments of our universe just after the Big Bang, and finally we learn about a new weather radar network in Texas.

NSF Science Now: Episode 19

In this week's episode we learn how our smart phone can be used to check our cholesterol and that great white sharks actually live longer than previously thought! Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 18

In this week's episode we dig up the "King of Gore," the oldest discovered Tyrannosaurid dinosaur yet. We also learn how ordinary foam can help protect athletes from concussions and how a tongue-controlled wheelchair could give people with paralysis more independence. Check it out!

NSF Science Now Episode 17

This week's episode explores silicon chip technology that could possibly extend cell phone battery life, babies and higher math ability, a drone helping farmers better manage their crops, and finally how more than 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists helped an international research team catalog over 300,000 nearby galaxies.

NSF Science Now: Episode 15

This week's episode of Science Now highlights the University of Minnesota's mind controlling robot that could potentially help people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases, PolarTREC's FishSpy camera capturing life beneath the frigid waters surrounding Antarctica, a shake table test on the world's largest shake table and finally the discovery of the earliest European fort found in the foothills of North Carolina.

NSF Science Now, Episode 14

This week's episode of NSF Science Now explores sea turtle locomotion by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, new images from the Gemini North telescope of comet ISON, also how researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have created the first digital cameras that mimics insects' unique, 180-degree vision and finally we'll explore Antarctica through a unique Rutgers University program documentary about science on the frigid continent.

NSF Science Now 13

This week's episode of NSF Science Now highlights new primate fossil discoveries in Tanzania, the first screening method to detect the early presence of ovarian cancer, a polymer material that more efficiently utilizes solar energy and finally research to gather the most detailed 3-D mapping ever of the Galicia Rift off the coast of Spain.

NSF Science Now 12

This week's episode highlights Vanderbilt University's humanoid robot geared to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, University of Michigan researchers harnessing terahertz technology that could one day help doctors see deep into tissues without the damaging effects of x-ray, Rice University discovery that rocks in the earth's mantle beneath the ocean floor melt much deeper than previously thought and finally, Blue Waters, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers is now available for use nationwide. It's unparrelled processing power enables researchers to perform large-scale scientific applications at the cutting edge of computational science.

NSF Science Now 9

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore an experimental motion control car, a gliding robot called Grace, how song sparrows protect their domain, and finally a four-wheel vehicle capable of detecting deadly cracks in Antarctic ice.

NSF Science Now 8

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore spiders' silk, a bionic eye, coral reefs, and finally the sense of touch.

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