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.

Forest plant genetics

Matias Kirst, an associate professor in quantitative genetics at the University of Florida, explains how researchers study tree genetics to identify species best suited for forest plantations and those able to adapt to climate change.

Why Science? Extension and education

Martha Monroe, a professor and extension specialist at the University of Florida, talks about her career in environmental education and learning about and providing tools for educators to successfully engage and teach students.

Frozen fruit bats

Conservation Biologist Steve Goodman has been working in Madagascar for more than 22 years, enjoy one of his stories from the field

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.

Water-wise sensor

A computer engineer has developed a technology to help farmers boost yields and conserve water