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Test drive the iSEM simulator at http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsmedia/SEM/SEMviewer_NSF.swf

The iSEM scanning electron microscope simulator brings the teaching power of an expensive laboratory tool into the hands of elementary school children. Test drive the iSEM scanning electron microscope simulator at http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsmedia/SEM/SEMviewer_NSF.swf

Credit: RJ Lee Group

 

Emergency response personnel from the Topeka, Kan., fire department test FAST-ACT.

Emergency response personnel from the Topeka, Kan., fire department test FAST-ACT to determine its ability to suppress vapors from a leaking propane tank.

Credit: NanoScale Materials, Inc.; NSF; Image use prohibited without approval from NanoScale.

 

Penelope SIS prepares for her surgical debut.

Penelope SIS prepares for her surgical debut.

Credit: Courtesy of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

 

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by artist David Martin (1737-1797)

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by artist David Martin (1737-1797)

Credit: Library of Congress, LC-USZC4-3576

 

A kindergartner examines a Talking Tactile Tablet picture of a flower.

A kindergartner examines a Talking Tactile Tablet picture of a flower. The picture was made by her teacher at Crofton Elementary School in Crofton, Md.

Credit: Erica Ziegler

 

The 3D-Seek software rapidly locates objects with only a few quick steps.

Unlike other part searches, the 3D-Seek software rapidly locates objects with only a few quick steps.

Credit: Imaginestics, LLC

 

Researchers used the wafer test fixture to test the new porous-silicon diode.

Wei Sun of the University of Rochester holds the wafer test fixture researchers used to test the interactions of the new porous-silicon diode with tritium gas. The diode is the dark wafer in the center of the top plate.

Credit: University of Rochester; BetaBatt, Inc.