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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

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

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 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

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

The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resources.

Date Updated: July 9, 2013

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 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 (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

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

Science of the Summer Olympics 2012

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

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

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

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--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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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