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The Courage To Invent: A NASA Roboticist Tells Her Story

When educator, researcher, and innovator Dr. Ayanna Howard was a kid, she decided that she wanted to invent robots. When she grew up, she made that dream come true with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a job at N...

The Pseudo Fossil Challenge

Pseudo means that something isn't real. A fossil is "the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past." A pseudofossil might be mistaken for a fossil, but was actually creat...

The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker

Born in 1731 on a farm in Baltimore, Maryland, Benjamin Banneker was an accomplished author, publisher, scientist, astronomer, mathematician, urban planner, activist, and farmer throughout his life. A free descendant ...

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

When you watch fireworks burst with color, you're seeing examples of how stars and galaxies work: Blues from copper, yellows from sodium, bright whites from aluminum, barium greens, and reds made from strontium... The...

How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

There’s no such thing as vegetables – Sci Code

Botanically-speaking, the "veggies" that we're eating are way more interesting and diverse than we usually give them credit for. A carrot is a root, broccoli is a flower, spinach is a leaf, asparagus are stems, potato...

The Chemistry of Rockets: How do rockets work?

How are controlled explosions made just right so that they'll generate the kind of thrust that sends a rocket up, up, up and beyond our atmosphere? Analytical Chemist Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains how solid and...

Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut: I Wanted To Go Into Space

Find out why NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison wanted to go into space in this profile from NOVA's The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. A physician, a chemical engineer, a teacher, a dancer, and the first Afri...

How Locomotives & Jet Engines work: Baratunde Thurston & GE

In this promotional video series from General Electric, GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston, we go behind the scenes of GE's Global Research Center to explore engineering marvels, like how a freight locomotive work...

Don’t Wash Your Jeans – Sci Code

SCI CODE's Coma Niddy (Mike Wilson) explains why you don't need to wash your jeans.

Picking up NASA’s 2,200 degree thermal tiles with bare hands

Recorded on a Kennedy Space Center tour before the launch of the last Space Shuttle mission (Atlantis), watch tour attendees pick up NASA’s 2,200 degree thermal tiles — specially designed, coated LI-900 c...

Swaziland teens engineer hydroponic solutions for farmers

Two teenagers from the southern African country of Swaziland have won Scientific American’s inaugural Science in Action award, part of the Google Science Fair. The prize is awarded to a pr...

Solar Cells – Material Marvels with Ainissa Ramirez

Science Evangelist and Former Associate Professor of Materials Science at Yale University, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, explains how sandwiches of silicon (in solar cells) can create energy from sunlight. The sun? Elements...


 
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