Engaging Scientists and the Public

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Barbara Schaal gives the keynote address at the 2012 "Becoming Engaged" Workshop. She speaks about strategies to enhance the American Public's connection to science with reference to the NAS.

The 'S' in STEM Is For Supercharging The American Dream In the New Millennium

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S. J. Gates speaks at the 2012 "Becoming Engaged" Workshop on how STEM works to keep kids academically on track through high school.

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 - Disappearing Red Shrimp

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These legendary creatures may have something to teach us about survival, even as the clock is ticking on their habitats.

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Science Nation - Dragonflies in Motion

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Next time you see a dragonfly, try to watch it catch its next meal on the go. Good luck! "Unless we film it in high speed, we can't see whether it caught the prey, but when it gets back to its perch, if we see it chewing, we know that it was successful," says Stacey Combes a biomechanist at Harvard University. With support from the National Science Foundation, she and her team are using high speed cameras to help them study how dragonflies pull off complicated aerial feats that include...

Science Nation - Science of Shopping

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Go into any grocery store and cameras may be watching you. These cameras are not looking for thieves, they're looking for shoppers! The cameras are focused on the tops of peoples' heads (so it's anonymous), but they don't have to see faces to track which store aisles get the most traffic and how long consumers spend looking over products. With support from the National Science Foundation, computer scientist and CEO of VideoMining Rajeev Sharma and his team have designed software that...

Science Nation - Marshes and Sea Level Rise

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With support from the National Science Foundation, Villanova University marine scientist Nathaniel Weston studies how both land use and climate change can impact habitat in tidal marshes, including how rising sea levels may affect microbes and other plants and animals. Rising sea levels can actually cause marshes to grow in very different ways. His experiments are already simulating different amounts of sea level rise in several tidal creeks in the Delaware River estuary. He studies how...

Science Nation - Music and Creativity

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Georgia Tech's Parag Chordia believes music is a universal part of human culture, and his research shows music education can inspire greater interest in math, physics, and computer science. Chordia heads Georgia Tech's "Music Intelligence Group." With support from the National Science foundation, his goals are to program computers to understand music the way humans do naturally - anticipating what is coming next. He's also studying changes in the brains of professional musicians as they play...

Science Nation - 3D Proteins - Getting the Big Picture

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Proteins are the workhorses of cells. With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Arkansas biochemist James Hinton has been researching their structure and function for decades. Back in the 1990's, he had a vision to study these huge protein structures in 3D and now, in cooperation with a company called Virtalis, his vision has become a reality. The new system allows researchers to enlarge the visual of a protein to room-size, so they can examine it from all angles, to...

Science Nation - Super Stars

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Who are the biggest super stars in the universe? For Adam Burrows, an astrophysics professor at Princeton University, it's not who, but "what," and they are far from Hollywood, or even earth, for that matter. Burrows would tell you biggest super stars are the stars that die in a massive explosion called a "supernova." With support from the National Science Foundation, Burrows investigates supernovae and he has recently created 3D computer simulations showing the actual moment of a star's...