Math + water = strawberry growth
From the 03.21.17 Issue
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: Lauren Birney is getting urban middle school students hands-on experience in restoring oyster habitats in New York Harbor
From the 03.20.17 Issue
NSF-funded research expands on the Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor, giving urban middle school students a hand in restoring oyster habitats
How do fish adapt to extreme environments?
From the 03.15.17 Issue
Extreme environments allow for the investigation of life's capacity and limitations to cope with far-from-average environmental conditions. Springs rich in hydrogen sulfide (H2S) represent some of the most extreme freshwater environments because H2S halts energy production in animal cells.
Read between the lines
From the 03.14.17 Issue
It's Brain Awareness Week! Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have come up with a way to observe brain activity during natural reading. This marks the first time researchers have been able to study the brain while reading actual texts, instead of individual words.
From the 03.07.17 Issue
Cells move and migrate to new locations in the bodies of developing animals, an important step for the correct formation and function of organs. The research featured in this video uses a simple genetic model, the fruit fly, to investigate how cells move as organized groups within the animal. This video is part of a series produced by students at Kansas State University.
Do it for the gram! Share your #NSFstories during #WomensHistoryMonth
From the 03.04.17 Issue
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.
A grassland bird’s changing world
From the 03.02.17 Issue
Prairies are characterized by highly variable climate, yet we lack the theoretical knowledge to predict whether adaption to such conditions offers organisms greater resilience to additional change, or whether they already experience conditions near the limits of their physiological capabilities. This video describes a study that capitalizes on a 28-year dataset of avian abundances and the infrastructure and experimental manipulations made possible by the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at the Konza Prairie in NE Kansas.
Women’s History Month: Engineer Erin Bell is designing ‘living’ bridges
From the 03.01.17 Issue
Engineers at the University of New Hampshire are raising the bar on what 21st century infrastructure systems can do. With support from the National Science Foundation, they're outfitting the Memorial Bridge, which links Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, with sensors to monitor everything from structural stability to traffic to environmental health. It will even be powered by tidal energy, a renewable energy source. They call it a 'living bridge,' and it exemplifies the future of smart, sustainable, user-centered transportation infrastructure.
Mismatched eyes help squid survive the ocean’s twilight zone
From the 02.28.17 Issue
By watching cockeyed Histioteuthis heteropsis squids glide and pirouette through over 150 undersea videos, biologists at Duke University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have gathered the first behavioral evidence that the squids' lopsided eyes evolved to spot two very different sources of light available in the ocean's "twilight zone."