'Hour of Code' at the National Science Foundation
From the 12.18.14 Issue
Aimed at getting students excited about computer science, the "Hour of Code" is a global movement that engages millions of young kids. The National Science Foundation discusses involvement in computer science and the "Hour of Code."
NSF Science Now: Episode 29
From the 12.12.14 Issue
In this week's episode we discover a new genetic toolkit for achieving increased plant production, explore what our brain is doing when we read, discover ways of making a more reliable prosthesis, and, finally, we learn how researchers are working to better forecast the size of future earthquakes and tsunamis. Check it out!
Organs on a chip
From the 12.11.14 Issue
Organs on a chip systems could transform the medical drug pipeline as we know it. Biomedical engineer Ali Khademhosseini explains how he and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are engineering tissues outside of the human body and connecting different "organs" to solve some pressing challenges.
From the 12.10.14 Issue
Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the Central African Biodiversity Alliance is an international partnership of scientists, students and policy makers working to build a framework to conserve biodiversity in Central Africa. The partnership spans three continents, and includes researchers from the U.S., Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The anglerfish: The original approach to deep-sea fishing
From the 12.01.14 Issue
On November 17, 2014, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute used a used a remotely operated vehicle, a kind of undersea robot, to videotape this rare deep-sea anglerfish in Monterey Canyon, about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the ocean surface.
From the 11.26.14 Issue
In designs that mimic the texture of starfish shells, engineers have made curved ordered crystals. Such shapes are found readily in nature, but not in a lab. Crystals engineers typically make crystals that either have facets with flat surfaces and hard angles, or are smooth but lack a repeating molecular order. The researchers call them "nanolobes."