Science Nation - Surgical Robotics

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Robots help surgeons transcend human limits At times, it's tough going for Whitney Hatchett. "I was born with three heart defects. Two were operated on when I was 11 days old," she tells us. That was the first of many surgeries for the 34-year-old. But none was quite like last year's. "It was either to use the robot and have three small scars on my back or if it was done conventionally, I would have a scar all the way around," she explains. For more Science Nation, go to -...

Science Nation - Signing Made Easy

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From video games to cell phone apps, making sign language easier to learn Put on the gloves. Turn on the camera and...action! Nine-year-old Thomas Nelson is playing a video game called "CopyCat," which is a unique and fun way to learn sign language. Thomas was 2 years old when doctors determined he was profoundly deaf. His mother, Cheryl Nelson, says he couldn't hear the sound of a honking horn from an oncoming truck. For more Science Nation -...

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