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!
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.
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
A team of scientists seeks to provide online access to a wealth of information on environmental radiation levels to help demystify an often misunderstood subject.
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.
A group of nanoparticles called "GUMBOS" is as varied as their culinary namesake implies, with a wide range of potential applications from cancer therapy to sensors.
Bee hives contribute to multidisciplinary study about how leaderless complex systems manage to get things done
Peter Agre is a 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. He is also the Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Imagine creating something completely new -- something improbable and provocative that has never existed on Earth before.
In this week's episode we discover hidden dangers in crib mattresses. We learn about a new stretchable antenna for wearable health monitoring devices. We study the dynamics of deep Earth and finally we explore Antarctic ice sheets from above.
Marine acoustician Ana Sirovic describes her career and a potential danger to marine life that is only beginning to be understood