Perception of Danger in Tornado Alley

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Could lightening really strike twice? It often does in Tornado Alley, where storms wreak havoc and crush entire communities in minutes. But do people see it that way? After the 2006 Iowa City tornado, psychologist Jerry Suls and colleagues at the University of Iowa explored how Iowa City's residents perceived the risk of being hit by tornadoes in the future—perceptions that could have implications for disaster preparedness and response. Credit: Produced by Amina Khan, National Science...

Star Songs

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Several different types of stars and their flickers translated into audio files.

Credit: Fabienne Bastien, Vanderbilt University

The Physics of Popping a Water Balloon

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Take a slow motion look at what actually happens when a water balloon bursts.

Our Built Environment: It Takes Energy

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Can we rethink the way buildings use energy? John Ochsendorf, an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at MIT, is working with his students to change the way buildings are made and how they consume energy.

NEON at a Glance

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NEON, the National Ecological Observatory Network, will be a revolutionary way to study long term ecological trends in the United States.

Meet Ro-bat, Brown University's Robotic Bat Wing

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The strong, flapping flight of bats offers great possibilities for the design of small aircraft, among many other applications. By building a robotic bat wing, Brown University researchers have uncovered flight secrets of real bats. Bat wing project leader and NSF Graduate Research Fellow Joseph Bahlman says the faux flapper generates data that could never be collected directly from live animals, and may lead to improved aircraft efficiency and help in the design of small flapping aircraft.

Electrical Engineer - Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

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What's it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What do they really do all day? You're about to find out! Meet the next generation of engineers and scientists in these profiles of young professionals, who may just inspire you to join them. Yael Mcguire has so much fun at work, he doesn't want to stop. Find out what it's like to be an electrical engineer.

Biochemist - Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

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What's it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What do they really do all day? You're about to find out! Meet the next generation of engineers and scientists in these profiles of young professionals, who may just inspire you to join them. Roselle Rojas shows us some of the latest biochemistry projects taking place at Gatorade's Sport Science Institute and what her typical day is like inside and outside the lab.

Biophysical Chemist - Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

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What's it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What do they really do all day? You're about to find out! Meet the next generation of engineers and scientists in these profiles of young professionals, who may just inspire you to join them. Rommie Amaro tells us what it's like to be a biophysical chemist.

Mechanical Engineer - Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

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What's it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What do they really do all day? You're about to find out! Meet the next generation of engineers and scientists in these profiles of young professionals, who may just inspire you to join them. Nate Ball pushes technology to its limits. Find out what it's like to be a mechanical engineer.