Interactives from the National Science Foundation

Check out these interactives from the National Science Foundation (NSF) covering a range of scientific topics!

A Matter of Scale

A Matter of Scale

This interactive provides a pictorial tour of our multiscale universe, from minute subatomic realms to the vast reaches of intergalactic space. Learn how science funded by the NSF is helping us learn more about our world on a vast range of scales.

The View Through the Telescope

The View Through the Telescope: Images from NSF Observatories

Check out these fantastic images captured by astronomical observatories supported by the NSF. You can see and learn more about the observatory that made each picture.

The Secret Lives of Wild Animals

The Secret Lives of Wild Animals

Take a behind-the-scenes peek into the secret lives of five different animals and the habitats in which they live. This interactive features zebras, seals, deer, dragonflies, ocelots and agoutis.

Last modified May 13, 2008 by Randy Russell.

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Newly Unveiled Satellite Map of Antarctica Is a Unique Tool for Scientists, Educators and the Public

Three federal agencies and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) today unveiled a uniquely detailed and scientifically accurate satellite mosaic map of Antarctica that is expected to become a standard geographic...more

Reef Health Depends on Algae Chomping Fish

The health of coral reef ecosystems is endangered by many different forces warming seas, carbon dioxide, diseases, fishing, and pollution to name a few. Can reefs recover once they become unhealthy?...more

Injecting Sulfate Particles into Stratosphere Could Have Drastic Impact on Earth's Ozone Layer

A much-discussed idea to offset global warming by injecting sulfate particles into the stratosphere would have a drastic impact on Earth's protective ozone layer, new research concludes. The study, led...more

Catching a Glimpse of a Black Hole's Fury

Using the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and a host of international telescope partners, a team of researchers has made the clearest observation yet of innermost region...more

Newly Born Twin Stars are Far From Identical

Two stars, each with the same mass and in orbit around each other, are twins that one would expect to be identical. So astronomers were surprised when they discovered that twin stars in the Orion Nebula,...more

Deadly Tonga Earthquake Revealed as Three Big Quakes

A magnitude-8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga was in fact a triple-whammy. The 8.1 "great earthquake" concealed and triggered two...more

Ecologists Use Oceanographic Data to Predict Future Climate Change

Ecologists and oceanographers are attempting to predict the future impacts of climate change by reconstructing the past behavior of Arctic climate and ocean circulation. In a November special issue of...more

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