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NSF's Discovery Files

Sep 26, 2022

A 15-year global reptile assessment by zoologist Bruce Young and Neil Cox has comprehensively documented extinction risks for over 10,000 species. The researchers and biologist Leslie Rissler join to discuss how they accomplished this monumental study, why we should care, and what we can do to help.

Sep 19, 2022

Cement is the most widely consumed material on the planet, and its manufacturing process a large source of CO2 emissions. Researchers at Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Delaware are working on advances in cement manufacturing. Making better materials and making better...

Sep 12, 2022

Nicolas Delsol was working on his doctorate studying the domestication of cattle in the Americas when he inadvertently sequenced the DNA of the earliest known domesticated horse. We'll learn how this sample found in the Caribbean might solve the mystery of the origin of famous wild ponies on Assateague and Chincoteague...

Sep 5, 2022

Researchers in the cognitive development lab at Indiana University Bloomington are working to understand how children learn words and what roles visual memory and their environment play. We speak with postdoctoral fellow Elizabeth Clerkin to gain study insight and learn what implications it may have for...