Environmental Engineer - Profiles of Scientists and Engineers

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What’s it really like to be an engineer or a scientist? What does an environmental engineer 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. Tamar Losleben shows us how environmental engineers research and plan the best ways to satisfy both human and environmental needs. Find out what it’s like to be an environmental engineer.

WAIS Divide: Modeling Our Future Climate

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Discover how data from the ice core record are used to help scientists predict the future of our climate. (Please note that this is the final in a three-part series, which includes the first "Ancient Ice and Our Planet's Future" and the second "Life on the Ice")

WAIS Divide: Life on the Ice

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Join three young scientists on a trip to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. (Please note that this is the second in a three-part series, which includes the first "Ancient Ice and Our Planet's Future" and the final "Modeling our Future Climate")

WAIS Divide: Ancient Ice and Our Planet's Future

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Deep in the interior of Antarctica, scientists work to unlock the secrets of our planet's past. (Please note that this is the first in a three-part series, which includes "Life on the Ice" and "Modeling our Future Climate")

Green Revolution - Powering Up With Smart Grids

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How we get our energy is as important as how we make it. In this episode of Green Revolution, hear how scientists and engineers are updating the way electricity is distributed and improving how we power up. Visit the full Green Revolution series at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/greenrevolution/index.jsp .

Science Nation - Unraveling the Mysteries of Tornadoes

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Greg Carbin knows a lot about severe weather. He's a meteorologist at the storm prediction center, located just south of Oklahoma City in Norman, Okla. In a quiet room on the second floor of the National Weather Service building, meteorologists are standing guard twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, keeping an eye on weather systems that could unleash violent storms and tornadoes. The meteorologists issue storm watches as needed. For this and more Science Nation, go to...

Science Nation - Renewable Energy, a Reality Check in Rural China

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Young engineer takes on a global challenge: Clean and sustainable energy, one village at a time
Abby Watrous learned an important engineering lesson while working in rural China.

For this and more Science Nation, go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp

Science Nation - Gaze into my Eyes

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When it comes to communication, sometimes it's our body language that says the most - especially when it comes to our eyes. "It turns out that gaze tells us all sorts of things about attention, about mental states, about roles in conversations," says Bilge Mutlu, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mutlu knows a thing or two about the psychology of body language. He bills himself as a human-computer interaction specialist. Support from the National Science Foundation...

Science Nation - Nosing Out Mosquitoes

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Vanderbilt University researchers say they're working to unleash an insect repellent on mosquitoes that's more powerful than DEET. The discovery could one day be effective in reducing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. It's based on a mosquito's sense of smell. With early support from the National Science Foundation, Vanderbilt University biologist Laurence Zwiebel researched which mosquito genes are linked to odor reception. Since then, he's discovered a separate odor...

Science Nation - How Does Your Garden Grow?

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At first, the back room of plant physiologist Edgar Spalding's lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison might be mistaken for an alien space ship set straight out of a Hollywood movie. It's a room bathed in low-red light with camera lenses pointing at strange looking entities encased in Petri dishes. A closer inspection reveals the Petri dishes contain nothing alien at all, but rather very down-to-earth corn seedlings. They're grown in red light for optimal growth. They're just one of...