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National Science Foundation

Chemistry Now: About the Series

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has joined forces with NBC Learn and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry by creating "Chemistry Now"--a weekly, online video series that uncovers and explains the science of common, physical objects in our world and the changes they undergo every day. The series also looks at the lives and work of scientists on the frontiers of the 21st century.

With a new video each week, "Chemistry Now," which began in January 2011 and runs through May and then resumes in the fall, breaks down the chemistry behind such things as cheeseburgers, chocolates, spices, soaps and plastics. To delve deeper into the world of chemistry, there are additional videos, including current and archival news stories related to chemistry and lesson plans for middle and high school students from the NSTA on NBC Learn's website; and more chemistry news from the archives and current publications of Scientific American.

See also the NSF news release on the launch of "Chemistry Now."


About NBC Learn
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverage nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials and current news broadcasts. Currently two unique offerings, iCue and NBC News Archives on Demand, give students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments--from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.

About NSF
NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, NSF's budget was about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives over 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.


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