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 65

In this week's episode, we examine e-tattoo technology for more accurate health monitoring; explore increased sliding of the Greenland Ice Sheet; and finally, we test ultrasound technology for prosthetics. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 64

In this week's episode, we examine barnacles and the wealth of information they hold; explore our brains and perception; and, finally, we test pseudo-LiDAR for self-driving cars. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 63

In this week's episode, we learn about developable mechanisms that reside in curved surfaces of structures; explore wrist bone motion using 3D technology; and, finally, examine Adelie penguins' past and future. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 62

In this week's episode, we explore 3D technology to look inside capillaries; learn about a new species of dinosaur with a heart-shaped tail; and, finally, we examine a new kind of thinking cap for online learning

NSF Science Now: Episode 60

This week's episode examines an engineering breakthrough in Type 1 diabetes that could help dogs and humans alike; targeted reading programs that rewire the brains reading circuitry; and finally, explores hidden ice history discovered beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

NSF Science Now: Episode 55

In this week's episode, we learn how infants retain information; how loud noise can affect birds; the underpinnings of snake locomotion and, finally, the existence of a hitherto unknown ancient Native American population

NSF Science Now: Episode 54

In this week's episode, we discover why some bumblebees are in peril and that some of the earliest primates were adept leapers. We also explore a new technique that can print drugs, and learn about a new app capable of detecting concussions right on the sideline

NSF Science Now: Episode 53

In this week's episode, we discover a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur and how airline boarding procedures might be making you sick; we explore a compact mass spectrometer for use in the field; and finally, we learn how vertebrate tails actually provide greater speed

NSF Science Now: Episode 52

In this week's episode, we discover why freshwater lakes are becoming saltier and the role temperature plays in the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, explore a new device for combatting Parkinson's disease, and finally, learn how to excite girls about STEM

NSF Science Now: Episode 51

In this week's episode, we learn about marine mammals' need for speed, magnify a new tool combating mosquito-borne disease, break down new materials inspired by kirigami, and finally, discover new hydrothermal vents. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 50

In this week's episode, we learn how AI uncovers insights into cancer, how loops give toughness to spider silk, a newly released database of stars and finally, we investigate a novel water testing technique. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 49

In this week's episode we learn about a new app for bird watchers, girls and stereotypes, beluga whale migration and, finally, the discovery of a 250-million-year-old shark-like fish. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 48

In this week's episode, we learn about a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials and, finally, the discovery of the oldest known fossil tumor.

NSF Science Now: Episode 47

In this week's episode, we learn about new tools to protect against malicious websites, restoring the sense of touch to amputees and those with paralysis and examine how older adults really hear.

NSF Science Now: Episode 45

In this episode, we tested out a computational design tool that transforms flat materials into 3-D shapes, a virtual reality environment that is helping autistic teens learn to drive, a new novel underwater microscope and, finally, "smart thread" for wirelessly monitoring the health of a wound.

NSF Science Now: Episode 44

In this week's episode we examine electric eels, test out a new at home screening test for people on blood thinner, learn about a new app for reporting floods and finally examine how RoboBee uses static electricity to stick to surfaces.

NSF Science Now: Episode 43

In this week's episode, we follow a construction site drone, examine tunable window technology, learn how words are represented in the brain and, finally, we examine 240 million-year-old fossils.

NSF Science Now: Episode 42

In this week's episode, we explore origami-inspired devices, examine family technology rules and, finally, we examine how changing ocean chemistry may threaten the Antarctic food chain.

NSF Science Now: Episode 41

In this week's episode, we test out a wearable robotic limb, follow beluga whales in the Arctic and, finally, examine how warming temperatures have caused an increase in forest droughts across much of the U.S.

NSF Science Now: Episode 40

In this episode we create an ice storm lab, discover gravitational-waves, track the path of chemo drugs and, finally, test out new deep-sea ROV grippers for handling fragile coral and sponges.

NSF Science Now: Episode 38

In this week's episode we explore our brain on art, examine an ancient, buried Maya village, learn about SafePay--a new secure method to fight against credit card fraud and, finally, discover how beavers are helping our ponds. Check it out.

NSF Science Now: Episode 37

In this week's episode, we examine tunable prosthetics, explore origami engineering and duck-billed dinosaurs, and discover how king crabs are migrating to the warming seas off the Antarctic Peninsula. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 36

In this week's episode, we discover a protein that could someday eliminate malaria, learn about microbes battling it out in Antarctica, explore super Wi-Fi that uses UHF channels and virtually unwrap a 1500-year-old scroll.

NSF Science Now: Episode 35

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 34

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 33

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 32

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 31

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 30

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 29

In this week's episode we discover a new genetic toolkit for achieving increased plant production, explore what our brain is doing when we read, discover ways of making a more reliable prosthesis, and, finally, we learn how researchers are working to better forecast the size of future earthquakes and tsunamis. Check it out!

NSF Science Now: Episode 27

Hosted by NSF's Dena Headlee, 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 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 6

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore climate change and the Colorado River, helping children with disabilities, porcupine's quills, and finally the decline of chinstrap penguins.

NSF Science Now 5

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore negative thoughts, robotic fish, sensitive alligators and finally the discovery of a camp used by explorers a century ago during the "Heroic Age" of Antarctic exploration.

NSF Science Now 3

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore NSF's Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Site, phytoplankton and climate change, how silver turns people blue and finally why math hurts.

NSF Science Now 2

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore Hawaiian volcanoes, smart homes, robot locomotion and finally novel engineering ideas on the tiny wings of butterflies.

NSF Science Now 1

In this week's episode of NSF Science Now we explore "Yellowstone", one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, acidification of McMurdo Sound, a living laboratory and finally EcoATM.