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Seafloor Science Seafloor Science
On the seafloor--where no sunlight reaches and pressure is extreme--tectonic plates slowly shift, chimneys spew hot liquid "smoke," and exotic life forms thrive. Join the VISIONS '05 expedition to see more.
Date Updated: March 20, 2006
Surveys: Tracking Opinion Surveys: Tracking Opinion
Human behavior is one of the most important yet ill-understood areas of scientific inquiry. Surveys are the scientific instruments that help us understand ourselves and our society.
Date Updated: March 17, 2006
After the Tsunami After the Tsunami
Within days of the massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean in late 2004, teams of researchers rushed to survey the disaster, hoping to learn how such loss of lives, property and ecosystems could be prevented.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Arctic Climate Research Arctic Climate Research
The complex factors that influence climate change demand a multifaceted approach--from ships at sea to snowmobiles in Alaska--to study the process.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Digging Dinosaurs Digging Dinosaurs
Spotting fossil remains is only the first step in accurately recreating a creature that has been dead for many millions of years.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Life Science Frontiers Life Science Frontiers
Biological organisms mesh with the surrounding environment to form vibrant, thriving communities. Scientists from diverse backgrounds are examining this complicated weave of life.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
World Year of Physics 2005 World Year of Physics 2005
Just a century ago, an unknown patent clerk named Albert Einstein gave us a whole new way to think about light, matter, energy, space and time. Learn what he did in 1905--and all that came of it.
Date Updated: August 3, 2005
The Sensor Revolution The Sensor Revolution
In the 1980s, it was the PC revolution; in the 1990s, the Internet revolution. And now, it's the Sensor revolution--introducing the world's first electronic nervous system.
Date Updated: July 21, 2005
Teacher Institutes Teacher Institutes
By putting teachers back into an intense learning and leadership environment, the National Science Foundation seeks to improve the mathematics and science education of the nation's youth.
Date Updated: July 20, 2005
The Chemistry of Water The Chemistry of Water
Water is very familiar, but it is hardly ordinary. Scientists still have much to learn about this remarkable and versatile substance.
Date Updated: June 10, 2005
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