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Discover is proud to partner with scientific organizations to sponsor regular events and contests. Check back often for upcoming symposiums, panel discussions and lectures featuring some of today's brightest minds in science and technology.


Gravitational Waves Discovered

After 100 years of theory and decades of experiments, astronomers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory have detected gravitational waves directly for the first time.

Gravitational waves are literally distortions in space-time, ripples in the fabric of the universe. Gravity is the weakest of the four fundamental forces, so only the most extreme events — black holes colliding, neutron stars twirling, a supernova erupting — would produce detectable waves. LIGO’s twin detectors, in Louisiana and Washington state, use lasers to watch for these tiny stretches and squeezes of space-time.  

Their finding is one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the decade, if not the century. Not only does it confirm yet another aspect of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, known as general relativity, but it also opens another avenue for researchers to observe and study the cosmos.  

Follow along as we relive the breakthroughs that got us here and look to the future, where astronomers will now tune in to the sounds of the universe.

Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Biotech

Washington, D.C.  |  June 26, 2014
Just as the 20th century was transformed by information technology, the 21st century promises to be the era of biology.

Made to Order: Customization in Internet-Enabled Manufacturing

Washington, DC  |  June 17, 2014

An overview of the Internet-based business platforms that are streamlining manufacturing. 

Comet ISON Photo Contest

October 15, 2013 - January 31, 2014

Comet ISON is set to make a stunning fly-by this fall — and we want to see your pictures! The National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, Discover magazine, and Astronomy magazine are excited to announce the Comet ISON Photo Contest.

Harnessing the Power of Engineering to Improve STEM Education in K-12 Schools

Washington, DC  |  June 12, 2013
An overview of the recent National Research Council report “Successful K-12 STEM Education,” plus examples of innovative research-based tools for engineering education.

Programming Life: The Revolutionary Potential of Synthetic Biology

Berkeley, CA  |  March 25, 2013
Just as today’s engineers design integrated circuits based on the known physical properties of materials and use them to create electronic devices with amazing capabilities, tomorrow’s synthetic biologists are poised to design and build biological systems that are custom-tailored to make a better world.

Advanced Materials: Stories of Innovation

Philadelphia  |  February 22, 2012
In February 2012, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and DISCOVER magazine presented “Advanced Materials: Stories of Innovation,” a symposium exploring the role of materials in the evolution of technology and how innovations can provide solutions to societal problems.