The modern Tacoma Narrows Bridge

November 7, 2012

Tragedies in Science: The Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

When you think of iconic bridges of the world, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which spans a narrow strait in the Puget Sound south of Seattle, may not come to mind immediately.  But that bridge (today it’s...

The weight known as Le Grand K

October 12, 2012

Image of the Week: Le Grand K of the Metric System

In honor of National Metric Week (which wraps up tomorrow), our image of the week shows “Le Grand K,” a cylindrical weight that is the international standard barer for the kilogram.  Made of platinum and iridium...

Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias

October 8, 2012

Five Inspiring Hispanic Scientists

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population in the U.S. will reach 132.8 million (or 30 percent of the total U.S. population) by the year 2050.   But Hispanic students (as well as other minorities)...

October 1, 2012

Vote! Help Us Rename One of Our Module Collections

We want your input!  Help us rename our collection of modules that includes profiles of scientists at work and case studies of intriguing experiments and discoveries. They include modules like “Studying Climate Change with Kevin Arrigo”...

September 27, 2012

Video of the Week: A Tribute to Rachel Carson and Silent Spring

Over increasingly large areas of the United States spring now comes unheralded by the return of birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.  —...

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter

September 21, 2012

Tragedies in Science: The Crash of the Mars Climate Orbiter

In science, as in the rest of life, things don’t always go as planned. From time to time, accidents, mistakes, and tragedies happen. In the worst cases, these experiences result in serious losses or even catastrophes...

Blood vessels created using 3D printing

September 14, 2012

Image of the Week: Printing Blood Vessels and a Whole Lot More

Do you have a good printer at home?  What about one that can print you a new car part, a toy, or another 3D object?  It may sound bizarre, but 3D printing (also known as additive...

Dark clouds of a brewing storm over Iceland

September 10, 2012

The Scientific Method in Action: Advances in Weather Forecasting

Meteorologists often take a lot of flack when their weather predictions aren’t accurate–indeed it can be very annoying to cancel a big event for a blizzard that never materializes, or worse, very dangerous if an unexpected...

September 7, 2012

Video of the Week: NASA’s Perpetual Ocean Proves Data can be Art

Video courtesy: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Who says data have to come in a dry table? The scientists and animators at NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) have made a career out of doing just the opposite....

SIERRA Aircraft in Surprise Valley

September 5, 2012

Unmanned Aircraft Gathers Magnetic Data to Map Underground Faults

Meet SIERRA, or the Sensor Integrated Environmental Remote Research Aircraft, if you want to be formal about it.  She’s an independent little aircraft that flies without a pilot, collecting magnetic data to map underground faults and...