What dead birds tell us about ecosystems
From the 04.22.15 Issue
Ever wondered why you should spend a glorious day in the summer or a cold, windy day in the winter collecting beach-cast seabird carcasses for a citizen science group? Julia K. Parrish, the executive director of COASST, a citizen science group that organizes volunteers to monitor beach-cast seabird carcasses, explains why it would all be worthwhile.
NSF Science Now: Episode 33
From the 04.17.15 Issue
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.
Hunting for hidden ice
From the 04.14.15 Issue
The search for ancient ice starts back on campus, in Boston University's Digital Image Analysis Lab, where BU geologist David Marchant and his team pour over thousands of high resolution satellite images of Antarctica. They are looking for polygons; shapes in the rock that indicate buried ice below.
Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Robots, soccer and the staying power of short circuit
From the 04.10.15 Issue
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.
Barobo robots teach children algebra
From the 04.08.15 Issue
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 search for ancient ice
From the 04.07.15 Issue
Geologist David Marchant leads a team of researchers, including Sean Mackay and Jen Lamp, deep into the heart of Antarctica. They are searching for ancient, buried ice, which may contain clues about the future of the polar ice caps under global warming
Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Do actions speak louder than words?
From the 04.02.15 Issue
Why do we gesture? What role do simple hand movements play in some of the most fundamental aspects of language? Susan Goldin-Meadow has dedicated her career to asking, and answering, those big questions.