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Sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This series take an engaging look at the breakthroughs and possibilities of new scientific discoveries about our planet, universe, and ourselves.

Aerial view of ice breaking apart as it flows onto land from an ice shelf. Caption: Ice flows from the land over the fjord,
Science Nation
Episode 51
3 minutes 16 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Two people wearing dark glasses in front of a wall of monitors displaying geometric objects. One person holds a device with four glowing orbs on legs in his hand. Caption: envelop a viewer in a 3-D virtual world.
Science Nation
Episode 52
2 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Science Nation: Home Sensors Enable Seniors to Live Independently
Science Nation
Episode 53
2 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person watching a newscast on a laptop. Caption: most people rely on TV to make decisions as storms approach.
Science Nation
Episode 54
2 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
3D graphic of a human skull. Red latticework joins the area just under the eye sockets to the top of the jaw. Caption: to one day rebuild faces and lives.
Science Nation
Episode 55
2 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A snake with eyes covered. Caption: this snake strikes its prey with pinpoint precision.
Science Nation
Episode 56
2 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person adjusting objects on a table next to a mechanical object with legs. Caption: (Rus) My goal is to make robots more capable, more autonomous--
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Episode 57
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Cross section of a sheet of ice on a rock shelf. The ice has a pool of melted water that travels from the surface, down to the rock, and then to the ocean. Caption: for 100,000 years are now undergoing dynamic changes.
Science Nation
Episode 58
2 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A large ship with equipment and sensors on the deck. Caption: Fourteen years in the planning and construction stages,
Science Nation
Episode 59
2 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person with head laying on pillow while wearing a cap with wires attached. Caption: and how you can boost how much you remember while you snooze.
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Episode 60
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
A large tree with bright green leaves as seen from below. Caption: The forests are working overtime.
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Episode 61
2 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Circular tunnel with pipe conduit along the walls and a large, central tube. Caption: (narrator) At CERN, the Higgs is only the beginning.
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Episode 62
2 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Two people standing at a counter checking in with a receptionist. Caption: So they joined a live donor kidney exchange program.
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Episode 63
2 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Stacked shelves of cylindrical metal canisters. Caption: (Twickler) This freezer contains more than 10 miles of ice cores
Science Nation
Episode 64
2 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Monarch butterflies on foliage. Caption: In monarchs, they study a parasite.
Science Nation
Episode 65
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person pointing at the ground. Caption: study the ants as an invasive species
Science Nation
Episode 66
2 minutes 36 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Science Nation: Preparing a Workforce for Advanced Manufacturing
Science Nation
Episode 67
2 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: Nation Science: Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st-Century Workforce
Science Nation
Episode 68
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Toddler leaning against a blue background under bright lights while an adult stands by. Caption: to learn more about healthy child development,
Science Nation
Episode 69
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A cluster of telescopes pointed to the sky. Caption: at 16,500 feet in the deserts of Atacama in Chile.
Science Nation
Episode 70
2 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Small mechanical objects with wings. Caption: And so began the creation of the Robobee,
Science Nation
Episode 71
2 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Close up of dark, viscous fluid with small bubbles on the surface. Caption: and we can get those volatiles out of the water.
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Episode 72
2 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Storm so strong it limits visibility while palm trees bend in the wind. Caption: Dropsondes have a huge impact on understanding hurricanes
Science Nation
Episode 73
2 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Circular turbines stacked two-high. People walk in front of them. Caption: designed this 15-foot-tall wall of wind, nicknamed, "WOW."
Science Nation
Episode 74
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person walking on a treadmill with sensors attached to their legs. Caption: (narrator) What if you could alleviate pain by changing your stride?
Science Nation
Episode 75
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Rectangular robot with a screen at eye level. Caption: (male narrator) Meet CoBot, short for "Collaborative Robot."
Science Nation
Episode 76
2 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Graphic of streets outlined in various colors with letters and numbers assigned to the individual streets. Caption: to construct a street-by-street view of Sandy's devastation.
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Episode 77
2 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Child sitting in a chair under bright lights looking at a small humanoid robot on a table some distance in front of them. An adult stands by. Caption: It doesn't overstimulate or overwhelm a child with autism.
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Episode 78
2 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Person with a device attached to their head behind and above their ear and a wire leading to a device that is affixed to the back of their ear. Caption: It's called a cochlear implant, and it helps me hear.
Science Nation
Episode 79
3 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: Science Nation: VetsPrevail Helps Veterans Transition From War
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Episode 80
2 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person placing an object under a microscope. Caption: for nerves to regrow themselves
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Episode 81
2 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Underwater view of billowing plume of pollutant. Caption: cleaning up oil spills and purifying water.
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Episode 82
2 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Lava spewing from a crevasse while smoke and ash rises around it. Caption: how long the ash will linger and when the skies will be clear
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Episode 83
2 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person touching an object made of stacked and connected cubes. Caption: are playing with Cubelets, small, smart modular robots.
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Episode 84
2 minutes 36 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Color gradients showing the amount of water vapors over a map of the earth. Caption: showing the total amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
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Episode 85
2 minutes 38 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
People walking on a trail among burned trees. Caption: to study the fire's impact on the ecosystem.
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Episode 86
2 minutes 36 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Microscopic view of tubular structures. Caption: (Saros) They can be early indicators of environmental change.
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Episode 87
3 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Alligator in grass. Caption: for a population and genetics survey of alligators.
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Episode 88
2 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A gray eel. National Aquarium. Caption: an electric eel can generate enough current to stun its prey.
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Episode 89
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
People gathered around two troughs filled with water. One person is reaching into the water and two others are handling a small object. Caption: studies mussels' role in their environment.
Science Nation
Episode 90
2 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Mosquito on a person's skin. Caption: it would scare them away.
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Episode 91
2 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person working on a robotic leg that is wearing a shoe. Caption: This is a battery that powers everything.
Science Nation
Episode 92
2 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
People in scuba gear above a coral reef holding a clipboard. Caption: tracking a coral killer.
Science Nation
Episode 93
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Computer diagram with icons representing two people. The previous paths of the people are also shown. Caption: A firefighter outfitted with a sensor
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Episode 94
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Microscopic view of a hexagonal structure with arms hovering above a spherical object. Caption: Cell-sized micro grippers retrieve tiny objects,
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Episode 95
2 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Graphic of spherical object with multiple web-like tubular connections. Caption: They can't see any information in their visual world.
Science Nation
Episode 96
2 minutes 38 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Lizard walking in a clear Plexiglas box. Caption: This is a sandfish, and his slithering moves
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Episode 97
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person sitting at a table across from a robot. On the table in front of them are objects of different shapes and colors. Caption: Would you put the green object with one peg into the red box?
Science Nation
Episode 98
2 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Two small seedlings with their roots in the soil. Caption: optimally suited to survive and thrive.
Science Nation
Episode 99
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Closeup view of very thin wires forming concentric squares and other geometric patterns. Caption: these circuits are thinner than a hair
Science Nation
Episode 100
2 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12