19 May 2015, 12:27 PM ET
The NSF-funded research team’s simulated driving task revealed that teen subjects driving alone found risky decisions rewarding, but a mother’s presence killed the thrill of running a light, opting for more responsible behavior.
18 May 2015, 03:10 PM ET
An amateur fossil collector recently found a turtle bone fragment that is the exact match to a broken fossil bone found in the 19th century, revealing the turtle was one of the largest that ever lived.
18 May 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Scientists have created a fold-up drone that fits in a pocket and rapidly unfolds before taking flight.
15 May 2015, 05:17 PM ET
A specialized pacifier, developed by a nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, is proving to have huge benefits for premature babies. Now the nurse who developed it is working to make them available to preemies wherever they are needed.
13 May 2015, 02:11 PM ET
Trap-jaw ant Odontomachus brunneus use their quick moving mandibles, clocked at speeds reaching 60 meters per second, to avoid capture and death from predatory larval antlion.
12 May 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Genetics researcher (and mentor) Bruce Jackson, PhD, traces ancestry and solves crimes with the powerful tool of DNA on this edition of "Scientist and Engineers on Sofas and other furnishings"!
12 May 2015, 01:38 PM ET
The shark, named Mary Lee, was tagged off of Cape Cod, MA in 2012 by nonprofit research group OCEARCH. Her tracker’s radio ping caught the 3,456 pound (1,568kg) animal navigating the waters off of Jones Beach in New York in May 2015.
08 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
A British-built "jetbike" powered by a helicopter engine will take part in a speed test in late May, in preparation for an attempt to break the world two-wheeled land speed record in Utah later this year.
06 May 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Diogo Monica, IEEE member and security lead at Docker, offers tips on security concerns as more personal devices become connected to the internet through mind-control, mobile devices and autonomous piloting software.
05 May 2015, 03:37 PM ET
Researchers looking to capture the acoustic signature of thunder had to make their own lighting.
01 May 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Penguins poop on the ice to melt it, enabling them to create rocky breeding coves.
01 May 2015, 03:03 PM ET
The sound was recorded by a UNC Chapel Hill payload aboard a high altitude balloon. The balloon was commissioned by Louisiana State University's High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) program and flew to an altitude of ~22 miles in 2014.
01 May 2015, 09:51 AM ET
It may look like an insole, but this Smart Shoes system developed at the Mechanical Systems Control Lab at UC Berkeley could help physical therapists get their patients walking better, faster.
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.