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
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.
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.
This film provides a glimpse at life in the near future based on cutting-edge research from Professor Maja Matari? of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.
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.
NSF-funded research aiming to making it easier for humans to work directly with a robotic partner in applications such as physical therapy
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).
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
Made up of trillions of individual bacterial cells, cell parts, viruses and other microbes, the germ bubble we all live in is actually more like an invisible germ cloud.
The SupraSensor device is designed to give farmers a highly accurate, virtually constant stream of data on nitrate levels. The device is an excellent example of highly applied science with roots in basic research -- in this case supramolecular chemistry at the University of Oregon.
A global research team has built five new synthetic yeast chromosomes, meaning that 30 percent of a key organism's genetic material has now been swapped out for engineered replacements. Jef Boeke discusses the importance of yeast as a research model and how new research may lead to synthetic genomes to address unmet needs in medicine and industry.
Purdue University will lead research, funded by the National Science Foundation, to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and to enhance preparedness.
NSF investments in earthquake research have reduced risks to people and property. NSF joins other federal agencies to share new knowledge and tools as part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction (NEHRP) program, established in 1977.
Multidisciplinary engineering team designs new solar-paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat
In the strawberry capital of California, the water source is a confined underground aquifer that is slowly being depleted. How can American growers meet the demand and maximize profits while using the least amount of water? Sounds like an agricultural math problem.
Women's History Month: Mala Murthy investigates brain function during social interaction, down to each neuron
Multidisciplinary team investigates brain function during social interaction, down to each neuron.
Women's History Month: Sarah Laslo is developing a test designed to diagnose reading difficulties early on
New test uses brain's electrical activity to pinpoint reading challenges early, increasing chances for success in school
Researchers develop a range of new sensors and other tools to gauge emotional responses and behavior of children with developmental disorders.
In this week's episode, we learn how AI uncovers insights into cancer, how loops give toughness to spider silk, a newly released database of stars and finally, we investigate a novel water testing technique. Check it out!
Did you know women earn about 42 percent of all science and engineering doctorates? Women in STEM are crucial year-round and the National Science Foundation wants to feature you and your #NSFstories on NSF's Instagram during Women's History Month.