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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
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
Sustainability Water header Sustainability: Water
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resources.
Date Updated: July 9, 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 Behind the News Science Behind the News
Science Behind the News is a fast-paced video series that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events.
Date Updated: February 27, 2013
Science of Innovation logo Science of Innovation (2013)
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
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 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
Photo showing damage from Haiti earthquake. Learning From Haiti: Rapid Response Research
Every disaster leaves critical clues in its wake--not only of its cause, but also of how to protect lives in future emergencies. In this Special Report, researchers on site within days of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti discuss their work there and around the world.
Date Updated: April 19, 2010
Image of two stock cars racing The Science of Speed
You can't win NASCAR races without getting the science right. NSF has partnered with NASCAR in the production of the "Science of Speed", a fast-paced 12-part video series that explains the scientific principles that are so essential to the NASCAR experience.
Date Updated: December 17, 2009
Science of the Olympic Winter Games Science of the Olympic Winter Games 2010
NBC Learn has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to produce Science of the Olympic Winter Games, a 16-part video series that explores the science behind individual Olympic events.
Date Updated: December 14, 2009
Reconstruction of Tawa hallae. Tawa hallae: Dinosaur Ancient History
When paleontologists unearthed the ancient dinosaur Tawa hallae, they knew it was different--and remarkably well preserved. What they did not know is that the animal has an intriguing lineage, one that answers questions about the earliest evolution of dinosaurs.
Date Updated: December 10, 2009
Climate Change Climate Change
Our planet's climate affects--and is affected by--the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth's climate system.
Date Updated: December 7, 2009
Portrait of Charles Darwin Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species"
On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" intrigued scientists, appalled religionists and fascinated the public. Now, 150 years later, "Origin" still causes ripples. This report--updated on the original publication's anniversary--gives a surprising glimpse inside the science and society that fueled his rise to science stardom.
Date Updated: November 24, 2009
Dead Zones Dead Zones
The Earth currently has more than 400 "dead zones"--marine expanses covering hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles that periodically become virtually lifeless. Explore the surprising causes of Oregon's dead zones, and the pioneering methods used to research them.
Date Updated: November 3, 2009
Photo of  six-story test structure on shake table. Standing Strong: 2009 NEESWood Capstone Test
On July 14, 2009, a six-story condominium building shook under the forces of an earthquake more powerful than any quake California has experienced in modern times. The final experiment of NSF's multi-year NEESWood project, the effort tested new ways to construct buildings that can withstand severe forces of nature.
Date Updated: July 14, 2009
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