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Press Release 10-208

National Science Foundation Launches "Innovation Nation"

New video series airs on The Science Channel

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A team of UC-Berkeley researchers has programmed a robot to do something brand new--fold towels!
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November 4, 2010

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released the first in a series of video programs called Innovation Nation, hosted by veteran science and technology correspondent Miles O'Brien and currently airing nationally on the the Science Channel.

Innovation Nation is a quick look at what happens when genius meets possibility: stories about some of the NSF-funded inventions and research shaping our world.

The 26-part video series is produced by CBS News Productions, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Discovery Science. Each episode is one minute and airs within various Science Channel programs throughout the week. In addition to the Science Channel, Innovation Nation can be found on NSF's new science and engineering multimedia portal Science360.

Upcoming shows include:

  • Clothing Power: A power walk in this clothing charges your cell phone
  • Mushroom packaging: This eco-alchemy could end up replacing Styrofoam
  • Wheelchair Robot: This wheel chair of the future is armed


Media Contacts
Dana Topousis, NSF, (703) 292-7750,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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