100 episodes

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!

The Discovery Files National Science Foundation

    • Science
    • 4.2 • 6 Ratings

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!

    • video
    Study offers hope for coral reefs battling intense heat waves

    Study offers hope for coral reefs battling intense heat waves

    An international research team discovered that some corals managed to survive a globally unprecedented heatwave during the 2015-2016 El Niño. Heat stress from that El Niño triggered the third-ever global coral bleaching event, causing mass coral bleaching and mortality on reefs around the world. Until this study, coral recovery from bleaching has only ever been observed after heat stress subsides.

    • 1 min
    • video
    Researchers discover new way to deliver DNA-based therapies for diseases

    Researchers discover new way to deliver DNA-based therapies for diseases

    University of Minnesota researchers have created a polymer to deliver DNA and RNA-based therapies for diseases. For the first time in the industry, the researchers were able to see exactly how polymers interact with human cells when delivering medicines into the body. This discovery opens the door for more widespread use of polymers in gene therapies and vaccines.

    • 1 min
    • video
    Earable computing: A new research area in the making

    Earable computing: A new research area in the making

    Some researchers at the University of Illinois believe earphones will be the next significant milestone in wearable devices, and that new hardware, software and apps will all run on this platform. The National Science Foundation-funded team is part of the Coordinated Science Laboratory's Systems and Networking Research Group.

    • 1 min
    • video
    Wouldn't mind a cup of coffee. But is it worth all the effort?

    Wouldn't mind a cup of coffee. But is it worth all the effort?

    Neuroscientists at Emory University have provided clear visual evidence that the brain's ventral striatum kicks in during decision-making to weigh the costs vs. benefits of making a physical effort. What could be the ultimate impacts of what they've learned?

    • 1 min
    • video
    Transferring data through your fingertip

    Transferring data through your fingertip

    A new technology would let your body act as the link between your card or smartphone and the reader or scanner, making it possible for you to transmit information just by touching a surface. The work was done by engineers at Purdue University, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

    • 1 min
    • video
    How a common household cleaner could help fuel a transportation revolution

    How a common household cleaner could help fuel a transportation revolution

    A new technique seamlessly converts ammonia to green hydrogen. The method was developed by researchers at Northwestern University with support from the National Science Foundation and overcomes several roadblocks to hydrogen distribution. It could be an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles and other modes of transportation.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Science

Listeners Also Subscribed To