Science Nation - Hidden Oil Plumes

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Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster
University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye, like most scientists, always has a plan. Especially when it involves complex, expensive research cruises.

Science Nation - BPS - Brain Positioning System

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Keeping better track of yourself and your keys Imagine if getting lost became a thing of the past. Even the common search for lost keys would no longer seem like a lost cause. Well, cognitive psychologist Amy Shelton of Johns Hopkins University is doing research that might help us keep track of ourselves, as well as our things. For this and more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/bpsbrain.jsp

Science Nation - Birds, Climate Change, and Citizen Science

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Volunteers help scientists understand birds and changing habitats Citizen science has been around for centuries, with lay people collecting data and making observations for scientists in a variety of fields. And, citizen scientists are contributing to discoveries as much in the 21st century as ever before. For more Science Nation, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - Make Way for Ducklings

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What wood ducks are revealing about threats to our fine feathered friends Parent birds know best when it comes to taking care of their babies. But, when food gets scarce and they are forced to fly longer distances to grab a bite, "egg sitting" time drops off. What impact does this have on their brood? For this and more Science Nation, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - The Music Man

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These engineers and musicians are hitting just the right notes An engineer with a love of music, and a musician who likes technology, Mark Bocko and Dave Headlam are both professors at the University of Rochester. For more than ten years their collaboration has been moving both fields forward. For more Science Nation, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - Body Rhythms and Breast Cancer

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Could working the night shift alter a woman's body clock enough to cause breast cancer? "One minute you're a healthy person, the next minute you have breast cancer." Ettamay (last name withheld) is up early these days. She lives a much different life than she did when she was a nurse working the night shifts. She would be just getting to sleep at this early morning hour. "I was always exhausted," she says. "I don't know any of the nurses, especially the night shift gals, that weren't...

Science Nation - Fluorescent Fruit Flies Shed New Light

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Researchers genetically engineer glow-in-the-dark sperm in fruit flies, revealing much more about sexual selection.
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Science Nation - Acrobatic Robots

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Dennis Hong is living his dreams ... literally ... in a lab filled with wacky robots "When I was seven years old, I watched the film 'Star Wars' for the very first time. It just completely blew my mind. All the robots and spaceships," recalls Dennis Hong. You never know where you will find inspiration! For Hong, a mechanical engineer, it was there, on the silver screen. For more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - Black Holes

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Astronomers use infrared "eyes" to shed light on these enigmatic cosmic structures A new infrared image has captured the center of our galaxy in never-before-seen detail--showing stars and gas swirling into the super massive black hole that lurks at the heart of our own Milky Way. For this and more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - Good Vibrations

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Treating brain disease with some good vibes Columbia University bioengineer Elisa Konofagou is making waves when it comes to researching treatments for degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. These aren't just any waves; they're ultrasound waves. "Ultrasound denotes acoustic wave propagation. If you increase the intensity and pressure of these waves, you can cause biological effects on tissues," says Konofagou. For this and more Science Nation, go to...