A type of stem cell may hold secrets to reducing obesity.
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.
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.
Cake or carrots? Timing may decide what you'll nosh on
Anthropologists and paleontologists uncovered what could be the largest single collection of lemur remains ever found. The remains were hidden in a series of underwater caves in a remote desert region of Madagascar. Described as a "lemur graveyard," the discovery of hundreds of potentially 1,000-year-old skeletons make it one of the most unique animal gravesites in the world. This discovery could be important for understanding animal and human ancestry, and result in a new era for underwater paleontology.
The number of people going hungry in North Carolina has soared to more than one in six. Among children, the number is one in four. It often falls to the state's nonprofit food banks to provide relief from that food insecurity.
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!
Real-world STEM adventures inspire millions of girls through the power of media.
What does it take to engineer a smart Band-Aid? Biomedical engineer Ali Khademhosseini walks us through the future of Band-Aids, and how he and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are testing them.
Amputees discern familiar sensations across prosthetic hand
From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, NSF-funded scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines.
Navy veteran Amy Battocletti describes her military service and her transition to academe.
This imaging technology provides unprecedented 3-D views of an intact brain's neural structure and its vast internal connections.
Accomplished computer scientists discuss their career choice of computer science, their research and its impact on society.
Evolutionary ecologist Christine Miller describes how a love of the outdoors inspired her to study evolution
An international team of 12 leading plant biologists say their discoveries could have profound implications for increasing the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population.
Laser inventor Charles Hard Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, turns 99 on July 28, and an adoring campus is throwing him a long-overdue birthday party.
Paula Hammond is in pursuit of the invisible