Research consistently shows that children who have opportunities to actively investigate natural settings and engage in problem-based learning greatly benefit from the experiences
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
The annual migration of some beluga whales in Alaska is altered by sea-ice changes in the Arctic, while other belugas do not appear to be affected
Lisa Porter, professor of materials science and engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University, discusses her research on semiconductor materials and devices, especially those that enable new technologies for a more energy-efficient future.
Jellyfish and eels may seem like weak and useless creatures, but what if the process of evolution shaped them to move through the water using little to no energy?
Anish Tuteja and his research group have created a self-healing, water-repellent spray-on coating
Node by node, engineer Zhaohui Wang has a plan for improving underwater acoustics networks to maximize information delivery
Imprint Energy, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation, is pioneering a new way to manufacture ultrathin, flexible, high-density batteries.
An NSF-funded research team at the University of Oklahoma's Advanced Radar Research Center hopes that their radar simulator can assist researchers and meteorologists in better understanding how debris interacts with deadly tornadoes.
Maine's Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) helps support University of Maine research and educational outreach related to the farming of aquatic organisms
An international team of paleontologists from the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia has discovered a new extinct species of plant from the Early Cretaceous that appears to be distantly related to living Ginkgo biloba
Deprived of oxygen, naked mole rats can survive by metabolizing fructose just as plants do, researchers report
How do you take dirty water and make it clean? With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this team is hard at work designing nanometer-scale water filters that could soon make clean drinking water available and affordable for even the poorest of the poor around the world
The goal of researchers at the Center for Sustainable Polymers? Economically competitive and environmentally friendly polymers that outperform their traditional counterparts
Two University of Wyoming researchers led a voyage to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and discovered five previously unknown active hydrothermal vents and a completely new vent site.
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun
The creature, named Teleocrater rhadinus, was a carnivorous animal that lived more than 245 million years ago during the Triassic Period, before dinosaurs.
In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions.
A team of three scientists from Kansas State University, Michigan State University and the Desert Botanical Garden are investigating polyploidy (the condition of having more than one set of chromosomes) and diversity in the plant genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae).
In this week's episode, we learn about marine mammals' need for speed, magnify a new tool combating mosquito-borne disease, break down new materials inspired by kirigami, and finally, discover new hydrothermal vents. Check it out!
Marine geophysicist Donna Blackman from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography remembers Alvin's discovery of the Lost City hydrothermal vent field in 2000 and looks ahead to the people and tools that will take Alvin to even greater depths of discovery