The Home Microbiome Project is an initiative aimed at uncovering the dynamic co-associations between people's bacteria and the bacteria found in their homes. The hope is that the data and project will show that routine monitoring of the microbial diversity of your body and of the environment in which you live is possible.
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.
Inventors are using small-scale biology and engineering to find ways to use the body's natural defenses to effectively treat cancer.
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.
Sometimes, we can even build false recollections about people we only think we saw.
In this super awesome science EXTRA, Charlie and Jordan build the perfect fire.
Feeding tubes often become clogged with medication and food, depriving patients of nutrition. National Science Foundation-funded small business Actuated Medical has invented an FDA-approved device that clears clogs quickly and cleanly. Roger Bagwell demonstrated how the device works at the 2014 BIO International Convention.
ApneaApp is a solution for detecting sleep apnea events on a smartphone.
Scientists test different conservation messages to find out which have the most impact on energy consumption
NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials is developing biodegradable metals for surgical implants
To treat oral cancer, NSF-funded small business Privo Technologies has created a platform that delivers treatments directly to the affected area. Privo develops new classes of targeted treatments, such as chemotherapy drugs, designed to be delivered through the mouth's mucous membranes.
A series of immersive virtual reality experiments has now confirmed that the human brain's internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system, a specialized neural network, identified in a number of other mammals.
Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Nolan Ryan, Eddie Fisher and science communication
Laurie Howell of the National Science Foundation sits down with Dr. Moira Gunn in this Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings). Dr. Gunn is an engineer and science communicator, hosting the popular TechNation radio show.
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.
Steve Collins of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University discusses his lab's work in creating robots that are worn on the leg to help people get around.
It's taken millions of years for humans to perfect the art of walking. But researchers at NC State and Carnegie Mellon have discovered that we can get better "gas mileage" using an unpowered exoskeleton to modify the structure of our ankles.
The society you live in can shape the complexity of your brain. For vertebrate animals like humans, and even birds and fish, there is a lot of support for the idea that our complex brains developed along with complex societies.
Sharon Goldberg, a Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of computer science, breaks down Border Gateway Protocol, which she describes as "the glue that holds the Internet together."
In this episode, Jordan and Charlie chat about ocean temperatures, new marine species and metacognition in chimpanzees.
"WeHab" system helps stroke patients during physical rehabilitation