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Silouhette of person and telescope Comet ISON Challenge
Around the world, astronomy enthusiasts and the public will be buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences, along with Astronomy and Discover magazines, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the comet.
Date Updated: April 14, 2014
National Medal of Science National Medal of Science 50th Anniversary
This special NSF website celebrates the golden anniversary of the highest honor bestowed upon American scientists and engineers by the president of the United States.
Date Updated: February 14, 2014
Science and engineering of 2014 winter olympics Science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games 2014
A collaboration between NSF and NBC Learn, this enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.
Date Updated: January 9, 2014
object made with a 3-D printer Advanced Manufacturing: Made to Order
Rapid, efficient customization is becoming a reality for high-tech engineers, students and "maker" enthusiasts. Explore the remarkable advances that may transform manufacturing forever.
Date Updated: December 19, 2013
Sustainability Water header Sustainability: Water
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resources.
Date Updated: July 9, 2013
The Challenge and background image 2013 Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge
The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges.
Date Updated: June 13, 2013
Science Behind the News Science Behind the News
Science Behind the News is a fast-paced video series that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events.
Date Updated: February 27, 2013
Science of Innovation logo Science of Innovation (2013)
Whether it happens among students in a classroom or engineers in a laboratory, innovation is a process--a series of steps that begins with imagination and results in the creation of something of value for society. That process is highlighted in this video series.
Date Updated: February 13, 2013
Thumbnail of graduate research fellows Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Celebrating 60 Years
NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the country's oldest fellowship program directly supporting graduate students in STEM fields. In 2012, NSF celebrates GRFP's 60th anniversary with a video contest.
Date Updated: December 6, 2012
SAVI logo Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) is a mechanism to foster interaction among scientists, engineers and educators around the globe.
Date Updated: December 6, 2012
Science of the Summer Olympics logo Science of the Summer Olympics 2012
The latest installment in the "Science of Sports" franchise explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games.
Date Updated: July 11, 2012
Science of NHL Hockey Science of NHL Hockey
NSF, in partnership with NBC Learn, NBC Sports and the National Hockey League, explore the science and math behind professional hockey. This 10-part series explaining the science behind the fastest game on ice is made especially for students and teachers to use in the classroom.
Date Updated: January 26, 2012
U.S. South Pole Station U.S. South Pole Station
In the most forbidding environment on Earth, NSF has created a uniquely designed high-tech haven to support research and to house the scientists and others who keep the effort going year-round. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: December 9, 2011
Chemistry Now Chemistry Now
NBC Learn, the National Science Teachers Association and NSF join forces to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry with a video series that explores the chemistry of common objects in our world and the changes they undergo.
Date Updated: November 7, 2011
Disasters Disasters--A Series
Whether caused by nature or by humans, disasters are a costly threat. Scientists are working to anticipate and minimize disasters' worst effects. Includes links to interviews with researchers on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Date Updated: September 8, 2011
Engineers of the New Millennium Engineers of the New Millennium
Explore multimedia stories from engineers who are shaping our new millennium through discoveries in robotics, sustainability and energy. See how their cutting-edge innovations will lead to new industries and help people have happier and healthier lives.
Date Updated: June 28, 2011
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