It’s science time!
Today I bring you two clips from the National Science Foundation. You can see these and more in its YouTube channel. If you find them interesting, we can talk about them and also practice english.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about US$7.0 billion (fiscal year 2012), the NSF funds approximately 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States’ colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing. It has also given funding to many PBS kids shows such as Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman, and Cyber Chase.
For more information you can visit its web page:
Now with the clips:
Understanding the Brain with John Wingfield:
During the week of May 6th, 2013, scientists from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and DARPA, met for the first meeting on the BRAIN Initiative. Dr. John Wingfield, Assistant Director of Biology at the NSF discusses the BRAIN initiative in this interview.
Researching how musical training affects older adults’ speech perception in a noisy environment:
Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brain. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life? Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University is studying just that.