Science Nation - Mount St. Helens

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Life erupts once again from the once lifeless mountain. When Mount St. Helens blew its top in 1980, it wasn't a surprise that it happened, but even today the extent of the damage is hard to fathom. The eruption knocked down 100-foot trees like matchsticks and killed just about everything in its path. There have been several smaller eruptions since then, but nothing like what happened in 1980. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Science Nation - IceCube

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- Searching below the surface of Antarctica for the mysterious neutrino - There's nothing like temperatures that can reach minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit to keep you on your toes. For engineers Erik Verhagen and Camille Parisel, working in Antarctica on a project appropriately called "IceCube" is both challenging and exciting. For more visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/icecube.jsp

Science Nation - Science Behind Bars

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- Unlocking the mysteries of science in the unlikeliest of places - You never know where you might find some intrepid scientists trying to unlock some of nature's mysteries. Forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni came up with an idea that brings science to a most unlikely place--prison! For this and more Science Nation, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/

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