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Science Nation Science Nation
An online magazine examining the breakthroughs and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. Each week, Science Nation takes a dynamic, entertaining look at the research--and the researchers--that will change our lives.
Date Updated: August 25, 2014
Visualization Challenge Visualization Challenge
Visuals can communicate research results and scientific phenomena in ways that words cannot. That's why NSF cosponsors this international contest to recognize outstanding achievements in this area.
Date Updated: August 1, 2014
Robotic hand Brain power: Bright ideas and smart tools for neuroengineering
Engineers work to understand and harness the power of the brain. Explore how neurotechnologies are becoming a seamless part of daily life.
Date Updated: April 24, 2014
Silouhette of person and telescope Comet ISON Challenge
Around the world, astronomy enthusiasts and the public will be buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences, along with Astronomy and Discover magazines, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the comet.
Date Updated: April 14, 2014
3-D view of stained hippocampus Understanding the Brain
NSF aims to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology and workforce development. Learn about NSF’s cross-foundational activities in brain research including the BRAIN Initiative.
Date Updated: April 2, 2014
National Medal of Science National Medal of Science 50th Anniversary
This special NSF website celebrates the golden anniversary of the highest honor bestowed upon American scientists and engineers by the president of the United States.
Date Updated: February 14, 2014
Science and engineering of 2014 winter olympics Science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games 2014
A collaboration between NSF and NBC Learn, this enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.
Date Updated: January 9, 2014
Predicting Seasonal Weather Predicting Seasonal Weather
Large-scale weather patterns play a large role in controlling seasonal weather. Knowing the conditions of these atmospheric oscillations in advance would greatly improve long-range weather predictions.
Date Updated: January 2, 2014
object made with a 3-D printer Advanced Manufacturing: Made to Order
Rapid, efficient customization is becoming a reality for high-tech engineers, students and "maker" enthusiasts. Explore the remarkable advances that may transform manufacturing forever.
Date Updated: December 19, 2013
Nobel Prizes--The NSF Connection Nobel Prizes--The NSF Connection
When a scientist who has received federal funding is awarded the Nobel prize, the public can share both the pride and the research benefits. More than 200 laureates have been supported by the public through NSF.
Date Updated: October 22, 2013
The Challenge and background image 2013 Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge
The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges.
Date Updated: June 13, 2013
Science of Innovation logo Science of Innovation
Whether it happens among students in a classroom or engineers in a laboratory, innovation is a process--a series of steps that begins with imagination and results in the creation of something of value for society. That process is highlighted in this video series.
Date Updated: February 13, 2013
Thumbnail of graduate research fellows Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Celebrating 60 Years
NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country's oldest fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in STEM fields. In 2012, NSF celebrates GRFP's 60th anniversary with a video contest.
Date Updated: December 6, 2012
SAVI logo Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) is a mechanism to foster interaction among scientists, engineers and educators around the globe.
Date Updated: December 6, 2012
Ecology of Infectious Diseases Ecology of Infectious Diseases
West Nile virus. Hantavirus. Lyme disease. Infectious diseases are spreading in animals and humans. Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible?
Date Updated: December 4, 2012
NSF and I-Corps logos. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
I-Corps offers researchers unique opportunities to learn how to turn discoveries into new technologies and to participate in the national innovation ecosystem.
Date Updated: October 1, 2012
Science of the Summer Olympics logo Science of the Summer Olympics
The latest installment in the "Science of Sports" franchise explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games.
Date Updated: July 11, 2012
Science of NHL Hockey Science of NHL Hockey
NSF, in partnership with NBC Learn, NBC Sports and the National Hockey League, explore the science and math behind professional hockey. This 10-part series explaining the science behind the fastest game on ice is made especially for students and teachers to use in the classroom.
Date Updated: January 26, 2012
U.S. South Pole Station U.S. South Pole Station
In the most forbidding environment on Earth, NSF has created a uniquely designed high-tech haven to support research and to house the scientists and others who keep the effort going year-round. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: December 9, 2011
Chemistry Now header with NBC Learn and NSF logos Chemistry Now
NBC Learn, the National Science Teachers Association and NSF join forces to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry with a video series that explores the chemistry of common objects in our world and the changes they undergo.
Date Updated: November 7, 2011
Disasters Disasters--A Series
Whether caused by nature or by humans, disasters are a costly threat. Scientists are working to anticipate and minimize disasters' worst effects. Includes links to interviews with researchers on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Date Updated: September 8, 2011
Engineers of the New Millennium Engineers of the New Millennium
Explore multimedia stories from engineers who are shaping our new millennium through discoveries in robotics, sustainability and energy. See how their cutting-edge innovations will lead to new industries and help people have happier and healthier lives.
Date Updated: June 28, 2011
Green Revolution Green Revolution
As part of the "Green Revolution" series, we visited researchers all over the country and asked them lots of questions about the energy, fuels and technologies they are working on to make our lives better in the future.
Date Updated: April 6, 2011
Voices From the Future, NSF-Celebrating 60 Years Voices From the Future
In honor of the National Science Foundation's 60th anniversary, the National Science Board initiated "Voices From the Future," a lecture series where distinguished speakers make presentations at NSB meetings in 2010.
Date Updated: January 11, 2011
Photo of Gemini North with interior lights on From the Ground Up: Eyes on the Sky
NSF is making it possible to explore the universe ... from the ground up by supporting world-class facilities that use cutting-edge technology.
Date Updated: December 15, 2010
Image of sun shining on leaves. To What Degree: What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change
What is science telling us about climate change? Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex scientific puzzles ever to confront humankind.
Date Updated: November 24, 2010
Clouds image Clouds: The Wild Card of Climate Change
Clouds are the largest source of uncertainty in projections of climate change. Find out here why cloud behavior is so hard to project, how clouds may significantly impact climate change and how scientists are advancing our knowledge of clouds.
Date Updated: November 9, 2010
Science of NFL Football Science of NFL Football
NBC News' educational arm, NBC Learn, has teamed up with NSF and the National Football League to release the "Science of NFL Football"--an informative 10-part video series that explores the science behind America's most beloved sport.
Date Updated: November 2, 2010
Illustration of head of ancient crocodile These Crocs Are Made for Biting
Paleontologists scouring a river bank in Tanzania unearthed a highly unusual, 105 million-year-old crocodile. The relatively lanky, cat-sized animal with mammal-like teeth and a land-based lifestyle reveals that crocodiles were once far more diverse than they are today.
Date Updated: August 4, 2010
National Lab Day National Lab Day
NSF joins other partners in National Lab Day, an initiative connecting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers with STEM professionals who volunteer to share their expertise--and their passion--for science and engineering with students.
Date Updated: May 12, 2010
Future of NSF The Future of NSF on Its 60th Anniversary
At the National Science Foundation's 60th anniversary symposium during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting, past and present NSF leaders reflected upon 25 years of experience and offered advice about the agency's future.
Date Updated: April 30, 2010
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