Special Video Report:

Science Behind the News

Courtesy: National Science Foundation and NBC Learn

NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation explores the science, technology, engineering and math found in current events. This 7-week series helps connect fundamental STEM topics to real-world news stories.

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Science Behind the News - Influenza & Flu Vaccines

Explore what distinguishes the flu virus from other pathogens, how the virus spreads from person to person, and the best way one can defend against becoming infected.

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Science Behind the News - Drug Resistant Bacteria

Scientists look outside the lab for new sources of medicine to develop newer, stronger types of antibiotics to combat superbugs.

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Science Behind the News - Bio-Inspired Material

Discover how the study of a peacock mantis shrimp can impact development of stronger, lighter body armor for soldiers answering the call of duty.

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Science Behind the News - Opinion Polls & Random Sampling

Political campaigns depend on polls to get a sense about a population and where they stand on issues or policies. Learn about "random sampling” and how it aids in painting a clear picture about the feelings of a large group of people.

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Science Behind the News - Predictive Policing

The predictive policing program used by the LAPD didn't come out of a police academy; it's based on research by a team of mathematicians and social scientists at UCLA trying to predict where and when crime is most likely to happen.

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Science Behind the News - Quantum Computing

Imagine if engineers could build a computer to be millions of times faster than anything that exists today, yet so small it's microscopic. Quantum computing, a new idea that could pave the way for big changes, by operating in very small ways.

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Science Behind the News - Impacts on Jupiter

At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project funded by the National Science Foundation that studies precisely how comets impact Jupiter, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if a comet struck Earth.

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About the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, its budget is about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives over 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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