Scientists have found a way to harness droves of viruses, found on tobacco plants, as the building blocks for a new super-absorbent coating for use on a variety of materials. These nano-coatings are helping us better understand things like boiling and condensation.
Technology & Engineering
Technology and Engineering bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature allow. While scientists seek to discover what is not yet known, engineers apply fundamental science to design and develop new devices and systems—technology—to solve societal problems. Technological and engineering innovations then return the favor by affecting human—as well as other animal species'—the ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.
Scientists aim for the eye of the storm to study hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards from the inside
In Episode 12, Charlie and Jordan chat about 3-D bioprinting, plugging up leaky graphene and a new approach to learning for the Pre-k crowd called Connect4Learning.
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 University of Southern California is partnering with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school in Chattanooga, Tenn., and using gigabit networks to send high-definition 4K images of microorganisms directly into a biology class. This gives students live access to researchers and microscopic images, observations and knowledge, while also enabling them to manipulate the microscope from 1,800 miles away.
In Episode 11, Charlie and Jordan talk about a new robotic exoskeleton, one of the world's best suction cups and 1,4-dioxane contamination in the Cape Fear River Basin.
In Episode 10, Charlie and Jordan take a peek at Yellowstone's plumbing, chat about a new malaria model for blood cells and discuss the darling material of the nanotech world, graphene.
In episode 9, Jordan and Charlie celebrate Earth Day by chatting about hydraulic fracturing, taking a closer look at batteries and exploring biodiversity.
Engineers gather data for more informed decisions about the benefits versus costs of oil and natural gas development
Even though we think of computers as super high-tech machines with tiny parts, they can also be huge, wooden, and mechanical. It's what they have in common that makes them computers: switches!
Researchers go door-to-door, test tap water for possible impact on plastic pipes in home plumbing systems
Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Robots, soccer and the staying power of short circuit
Soccer aficionado and RoboCup champion DARwIn-OP and robotics expert Alex Leonessa recently sat down with Thi Le in the National Science Foundation (NSF) library to talk about robots of all kinds, and discuss how research in robotics could help do much more than just build better robots.
We like to imagine what robots will do and look like in the future, especially during National Robotics Week. Maybe they'll take selfies before they go to work?
DARwIn-OP, which stands for Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform, recently visited the National Science Foundation to participate in a video interview while he was in town for a National Robotics Week event.
At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Barobo, Inc. showed the National Science Foundation their robot that helps teach children algebra in a completely new way. By taking algebra off the page and into the physical world, Barobo aims to inspire a new generation of mathematicians.
The UCLA Biomechatronics Lab develops a language of touch that can be "felt" by computers and humans alike
The wearer's vital signs and surrounding environment would be monitored by devices that run on body heat and motion
Watch CERN engineers explain the work during the laboratory's long shutdown to prepare the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to run at a higher collision energy of 13 TeV. Teams are working hard for the upcoming restart. The first circulating beams of protons in the LHC are planned for the week beginning 23 March, and first 13 TeV collisions are expected in late May to early June.
Smaller, smarter and faster radar systems could save lives, money when severe weather strikes