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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!

    • video
    Plastic Worms

    Plastic Worms

    Not only are mealworms able to consume various forms of plastic, new research from Stanford shows they can eat Styrofoam containing a common toxic chemical additive and still be safely used as protein-rich feedstock for other animals.

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    Biodiversity Backstory

    Biodiversity Backstory

    Scientists have discovered that events from the ancient past are still impacting the diversity and distribution of mammal species worldwide. Supported by the National Science Foundation, this first-of-its-kind study is the work of researchers at UMass Amherst; Rice University; University of California, Riverside; and Arizona State University. More information at http://bit.ly/39VJ8nm

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    Cornfiguration

    Cornfiguration

    One way to boost the productivity of a plant is to redirect some of its resources away from maintaining an overprepared immune system and into enhanced seed production. So say NSF-funded scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who have found a gene that could help them tweak that balance.

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    Neighborhood Watch

    Neighborhood Watch

    NSF-funded researchers are using their pattern-recognition algorithm to identify microbial communities in the body by sifting through volumes of genetic code. Their method could speed the development of medical treatments for microbiota-linked ailments like Crohn’s disease.

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    Rare Finds

    Rare Finds

    New NSF-funded University of Arizona research investigates what proportion of the world's land plants are exceedingly rare, where they're found and how location might put them at risk of human development and a changing climate.

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    Bee-watch

    Bee-watch

    Bees 'surf' atop water. When stuck in water, bees create a wave and hydrofoil atop it, according to a new study. The motion they use, though labor-intensive, could one day be used to generate robots capable of flying and swimming.

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