• This week’s Science Nation video features research at the Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE), headquartered at Georgia Tech. Nicholas Hud and a team from the CCE are working to understand the origins of life on Earth by studying how chain-like chemicals called polymers first came together to form RNA and DNA.

    The CCE is co-funded by the NASA Astrobiology program and the National Science Foundation (NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) program.

  • Students and amateur astronomers in small western U.S. communities help scientists measure Kuiper Belt objects out beyond Neptune. From the National Science Foundation.

  • PostPanic director Mischa Rozema’s new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction. The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer.

  • A new range of tools provides a chance for researchers anywhere in the world to see a one-of-a-kind specimen, with no fear of damaging it.

  • Scientists supported by NSF discuss clouds – the unique impact they have on climate and the various ways in which we study them. Clouds play many roles in maintaining the climate and habitability of Earth.

  • Credit: NSF
    Versatile, undersea ‘gliders’ may provide critical ocean data and help oceanographers understand “Dead Zones” around the globe.

  • Supercomputer models are helping researchers solve mysteries of sunspots.