01 May 2015, 09:31 AM ET
Mehdi Kalantari Khandani at the University of Maryland wasn’t out to fix failing road structures when he created a new lightweight smart sensor.
29 April 2015, 06:59 PM ET
Researchers produced venom-spraying behavior in Parabuthus transvaalicus scorpions by simultaneously grabbing its tail and blowing a puff of air on the arachnid with a compressed air duster.
29 April 2015, 01:16 PM ET
At about 10:20 am Hawaii time on April 28, a rockfall sloughing off the wall of Halema'uma'u Crater hit the molten lava beneath, triggering an explosion of magma fragments.
28 April 2015, 04:22 PM ET
An airborne research team, supported by the NSF, scanned the McMurdo Dry Valleys revealing "salt aquifers” beneath the glaciers, lakes and frozen soils. Microbial life could thrive there, retaining evidence of ancient climate change.
28 April 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program successfully guided .50 caliber bullets to hit a moving target. The bullets' guidance system compensates for weather, wind and target movement.
28 April 2015, 11:21 AM ET
The British Mk.1A – P9374/G-MK1A is one of 2 original Spitfires still in flying condition (the other is the N3200). It has been restored to its original specs.
23 April 2015, 01:03 PM ET
An NSF funded team of University of Utah seismologists has discovered a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock hidden 12-28 miles beneath ellowstone’s supervolcano. The magma could fill the 1000 cubic-mile-Grand Canyon more than 11 times.
23 April 2015, 09:59 AM ET
Lightweight spring and clutch mechanism, attached to the lower-leg, augments calf muscles and achilles tendon to boost walking efficiency about 7 percent. This test article paves the way for a whole class of assistance technologies.
23 April 2015, 09:36 AM ET
When 11-month-old babies were shown surprising situations. – such as a ball appearing to go through a wall – they quickly tried to test it themselves.
22 April 2015, 02:47 PM ET
22 April 2015, 02:34 PM ET
By algorithmically correlating smartphone data, NSF-funded researchers hope to spot early signs of this debilitating condition. The ‘LifeRhythm’ may someday also spot bipolar illness and other disorders.
21 April 2015, 04:06 PM ET
Human activities greatly outstrip volcanoes as the world’s leading carbon dioxide producers, raising sea levels, drying forests and altering animal habitat. Watch ‘Secrets of the Universe’ on Hulu. http://www.hulu.com/secrets-of-the-universe
20 April 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Alex Leonessa, NSF program director for General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering, describes key challenges in creating truly useful robotic systems to supplementing humans. DARwin-OP, the soccer-playing robot, illustrates some of the issues.
16 April 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Despite its bilaterally symmetrical body, the octopus can crawl in any direction relative to its body orientation.
15 April 2015, 01:15 PM ET
Scientists at the University of Alberta, led by Rehab Med's Greg Kawchuk, used magnetic-resonance-imaging video to figure out why joints make a popping sound when they crack.
15 April 2015, 12:26 PM ET
Scientists exploring natural methane seeps on the Gulf of Mexico seafloor were surprised to encounter the whale. It curiously circled the expedition's Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for a few minutes on April 14, 2015.
14 April 2015, 10:36 AM ET
Ground-based and Hubble images of Pluto suggest it might be the reddest object in the Solar System. New Horizons' Principal Investigator Alan Stern explains how this could have happened.
10 April 2015, 10:43 AM ET
DARwIn-OP, which stands for Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform, recently visited the National Science Foundation to participate in a 'video interview' while 'he' was in town for a National Robotics Week event.
08 April 2015, 10:38 AM ET
For National Robotics Week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) postulated the DARwIn-OP robot (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence–Open Platform) taking one selfie per decade before heading to work for 900 years.
06 April 2015, 02:09 PM ET
A Georgia Institute of Technology robotic vehicle, named Icefin, was deployed 1640+ feet below the Ross Ice Shelf to the seafloor and it found sea stars, sponges, anemones and more.
03 April 2015, 12:01 PM ET
Skin-like, flexible, 'smart bandages' now in early development can sense how well a wound is healing and release embedded medication to fight a resurgent infection.
02 April 2015, 12:48 PM ET
Engineers at the University of California-Berkely are developing sensors to detect signs of tissue damage before they fully develop. They also hope to develop a pen-sized version of the 'bandage' for nurses to use for spot checking patients.
02 April 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Altaeros Energies Buoyant Airborne Turbine dirigible can lift a generator higher than current tower mounted wind turbines, producing twice the energy from the faster wind velocities aloft.
01 April 2015, 05:47 PM ET
North Shore-LIJ Health System's Dr. Jill Maura Rabin breaks down the most common misconceptions. A study of over 6000 babies has shown that breast feeding leads to higher IQ and higher earning potential.
01 April 2015, 04:27 PM ET
The orbiting Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Constellation quantifies precipitation across the entire Earth. Data 'swaths' from 10 satellites overlay to form NASA's animated Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG).
31 March 2015, 01:48 PM ET
Warning: Graphic Images. Using magnets outside the patient’s body, surgeons can guide small devices within the abdomen thanks to a team of mechanical engineers from Vanderbilt University.
31 March 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Wonder why you should spend a glorious day in the summer or a cold, windy day in the winter collecting beach-cast seabird carcasses for a citizen science group?
27 March 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A Burgess Shale arthropod Yawunik kootenayi fossil was found in Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park in Canada. This animation of its movement was derived from the fossil’s structure.
26 March 2015, 03:14 PM ET
It turns that the two most invasive termite species can interbreed. Coptotermes formosanus and Coptotermes gestroi have invaded Florida and the damage to structures in their way could be substantial.
26 March 2015, 11:58 AM ET
You need pond scum, desert-dwelling microbes and other seemingly useless creatures more than you probably think. Pure 'curiosity' research is advancing the quest to understand how brains — including your own — actually work.
26 March 2015, 11:43 AM ET
A bird-inspired robotic wing could improve how drones hover and fly. In this video, the bio-inspired wing flaps and recovers after colliding with various obstacles.
26 March 2015, 11:09 AM ET