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 National Science Foundation has awarded University of Washington social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson the nation's highest honor for a young scientist or engineer: the Alan T. Waterman Award for 2018
The Robomechanics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University is working to take robots out of the lab and factory and into challenging real world environments, such as rocky hills and cluttered houses
What is machine learning? Helen Gu, Founder and CEO of Insightfinder Inc., answers your question in this edition of "Ask a Scientist"
Carmel Majidi of the Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon has been looking at new ways to create digitally functional, soft electronics
The racing audio display, or RAD, an audio-based interface that can easily be integrated into existing video games, enables people who are visually impaired to play video games with the same speed and control as sighted players, with full 3-D graphics and complex, challenging racetracks
Swarun Kumar hopes to make it possible for everything we see to be connected to the internet
What is neuroplasticity? Sherry Benton, CEO and Founder of TAO Connect, answers the question in this edition of Ask a Scientist
New evidence reveals a previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans
Vanderbilt University students and faculty are helping preserve an important part of Nashville's musical history.
It's no secret that reading to children is essential for their optimal brain development, but a National Science Foundation-funded research team, led by Lisa Scott at the University of Florida, has discovered that reading books that name and label people and objects are even better
A team funded by the National Science Foundation demonstrated that -- if controlled effectively - driverless cars are able to reduce stop-and-go waves that can arise in normal traffic patterns
Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, is called into action by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world for water rescues
San Diego Supercomputer Center's chief data science officer Ilkay Altintas describes a National Science Foundation-funded project that uses data-driven knowledge and predictive tools to battle wildfires, such as those that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in 2017
A novel approach to connecting everyday appliances via the Internet manages to wirelessly link objects without the use of batteries or electronics
Yue Wang at Clemson University is building robots that people can trust by teaching them how to learn and interpret human behaviors and react accordingly
Has government-funded basic research impacted the economy? Dr. Laura Philips Schroeder, founder and chief executive officer of Spheryx, Inc., answers your question in this edition of Ask a Scientist
An innovative Discovery Research preschool-through-grade 12 program helped these Morehouse College students fulfill a dream they had since they were high school juniors and seniors: become K-12 STEM teachers
In this week's episode, we learn how infants retain information; how loud noise can affect birds; the underpinnings of snake locomotion and, finally, the existence of a hitherto unknown ancient Native American population
How can teaching a drone how to recognize objects in images, and using that drone to teach other drones to recognize those objects, lead to better disaster relief?