Through a new synthetic approach called Liquid Assisted Grinding, we can synthesize inexpensive and environmentally friendly dyes for dye sensitized solar cells.
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
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.
The 9/11 attacks helped scientists discover that jet contrails can change the weather on the ground.
How a continuous stream of data from underwater volcanoes can help create a shared consciousness about the oceans.
In this episode, Charlie and Jordan chat about wastewater catalysts, solar cycle disruptions and an "iron shield" for rice.
In this episode, Jordan and Charlie chat about ocean temperatures, new marine species and metacognition in chimpanzees.
Developing pain medications for dolphins
In this week's episode, Charlie chats about insulin signaling, invasive algae and an improvement in the detection of fraudulent art
A profile of Ryan Hechinger, a marine biologist at Scripps Oceanography who uses studies of parasites to understand ecosystem dynamics.
In this week's episode, Charlie and Jordan search underground caves for clues to prehistoric climate changes, explore the difference between mental maps and compasses, and look at water-free DNA assembly.
In the ocean there lives a fish known as the Mahi Mahi. Very little is known to science about how they migrate. Fishermen are helping scientists study their migration by catching Mahi Mahi with fishing rods, placing fish tags in them, and releasing them back to the wild with hope that their fish will be re-caught with the tag still in them.
In this week's episode, Jordan and Charlie chat about the importance of a pack, discover a new antibody that may combat urinary tract infections and chase down storms with Doppler on Wheels.
Graduate Research Fellow Amy Battocletti is a Navy veteran who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. She's a doctoral candidate in biology at Georgetown University, conducting research on the impact of genetic variation within plant species in salt marsh ecosystems.
This video looks at the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP), a project aiming to provide a detailed, continuous and high resolution environmental context for human evolution in the areas where our early ancestors are known to have lived.
After working for more than a decade to tackle the challenges, NCAR and its research partners have developed the capability to build two new prediction systems--one for wildfires and one for floods.
After spending years searching for ancient, buried ice elsewhere on planet earth, geologists turn their eyes to Mars, applying their Antarctic field techniques to search for ice buried beneath the Martian surface.
Scientists aim for the eye of the storm to study hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards from the inside
After a successful field season in Antarctica, the real work begins back at the lab, where geologists pore over reams of data, trying to piece together the history of the ancient buried glaciers of the Transantarctic Mountains. The ice cores they bring back might hold clues to the Earth's past climate, and help scientists predict the future of the polar ice caps and sea-level rise.
In Episode 11, Charlie and Jordan talk about a new robotic exoskeleton, one of the world's best suction cups and 1,4-dioxane contamination in the Cape Fear River Basin.
Giant clams are ecologically important because they clean seawater, and their huge shells are home to other marine creatures.