The wearer's vital signs and surrounding environment would be monitored by devices that run on body heat and motion
People & Society
Out of fascination and need, people have always studied other people. When scientific methods are applied to those observations, the studies help characterize and analyze our behavior, social and political institutions, family and community structures and our economies. Scientific studies of people and society help answer age-old human contemplations.
Why do we gesture? What role do simple hand movements play in some of the most fundamental aspects of language? Susan Goldin-Meadow has dedicated her career to asking, and answering, those big questions.
In social or economic research, aggregate data provides a valuable broad view. University partners now have an easier way to access the information.
Andrea DiGiorgio explores what big primates eat and why we should care
Researches study methods to reduce antibiotics in the environment and microbes' resistance to them.
It's build day for Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics, and there's a whole lot of tinkering and experimenting going on.
DNA scientist Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson heads the Biotechnology Programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His work focuses on how DNA - in conjunction with other tools - can help solve mysteries of ancestry, forensics and evolution. Through his African-American Roots Project, he helps reunite African-Americans with their ancestral roots in Africa.
Keen Home co-founder Nayeem Hussain explains how the smart vents integrate into daily life. Keen Homes is funded through NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program.
Neurologists find clusters of nerves that are responsible for how we identify the differences between faces.
University students live with "net zero" water system to test out the idea of decentralizing the urban water infrastructure
Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate improve vascular function, reduce pregnancy complications, and lighten gloomy moods? But while it's easy to appreciate, creating this confection is an elaborate feat. Local chocolate-makers explain the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.
Researchers work to counter a new class of coffee shop hackers
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.
Less activity meant lighter bones for early humans
Vanderbilt researchers use cap to electrically stimulate learning skills
A type of stem cell may hold secrets to reducing obesity.
At 2015 International CES, NSF-funded small business Sun Innovations demonstrated a special coating that transforms transparent surfaces - such as glass - into futuristic digital displays.
It looks like Fitbit for feet, but it's actually Google for gait, according to Stacy Bamberg, CEO and founder of Veristride.
It's time to wake up to the importance of sleep. Groundbreaking 2013 research shows that our brain cells shrink while we sleep, allowing a cleansing fluid to rinse away toxic proteins that lead to Alzheimer's. Sleep also "backs up" important memories into the brain's cortex for long-term storage. Learn about how sleep changes as we age, and why getting enough sleep is so critical for health.
Be honest: Do you ever brag about how little sleep you get? If so, you're not alone. Humans are the only species that seems to deliberately deprive themselves of sleep. But if you've ever uttered a phrase like, "I'll sleep when I'm dead," scientists say it's time for a wake-up call.