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An upbeat, entertaining look at the latest advances in science and engineering. Often fun and always fascinating, each episode covers a project funded by NSF -- federally sponsored research, brought to you by you!

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An upbeat, entertaining look at the latest advances in science and engineering. Often fun and always fascinating, each episode covers a project funded by NSF -- federally sponsored research, brought to you by you!

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    What can a sponge teach us about engineering?

    What can a sponge teach us about engineering?

    The glassy skeletons of marine sponges are inspring the next generation of stronger and taller buildings, longer bridges, and lighter spacecraft. With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, engineers at Harvard have found a tiny sea sponge shows a pattern of strength and stability unmatched by humans.

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    Mimicing locusts could improve collision avoidance

    Mimicing locusts could improve collision avoidance

    Can a new collision detector for vehicles successfully mimic an avoidance neuron in locusts that allows the insects to fly in swarms without slamming into each other?

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    Did early modern humans and Neanderthals live in the same area concurrently?

    Did early modern humans and Neanderthals live in the same area concurrently?

    Modern humans arrived in the westernmost part of Europe about 5000 years earlier than previously known. NSF funded researchers from the University of Louisville and University of North Carolina at Wilmington have made a discovery in Portugal that may indicate early modern humans and Neanderthals lived in the area concurrently about 40,000 years ago.

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    Study suggests at least 11 fish species are capable of walking

    Study suggests at least 11 fish species are capable of walking

    An international team of scientists has identified at least 11 species of fish suspected to have land-walking abilities.

    The findings are based on CT scans and a new evolutionary map of the hillstream loach family, which includes the only living fish species caught in the act of walking: a rare, blind cavefish known as Cryptotora thamicola, or the cave angel fish. Pinpointing which species of hillstream loaches have walking capabilities can help scientists piece together how the first land-walking vertebrates might have come to be. The research was funded in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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    Turmeric (the spice) can help a puppy dog's eyes...and maybe ours too

    Turmeric (the spice) can help a puppy dog's eyes...and maybe ours too

    Findings show that turmeric, a spice, shows promise in decreasing ocular inflammation in dogs suffering from uveitis. Researchers at Texas A&M University, with support from the National Science Foundation, believe their findings may also translate to treatment of cataracts and uveitis in humans.

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    Artificial intelligence may help predict earthquakes and volcanoes

    Artificial intelligence may help predict earthquakes and volcanoes

    Researchers using deep learning have found subtle signals of an impending event were there in the overwhelming amount of data before a deadly Greenland landslide. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the team found small quake clusters can't hide from AI.

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