Upcoming Labs

NOVA Labs doesn’t end with our explorations of the Sun, energy, clouds, and RNA. We're actively developing a number of other Labs that will explore equally big ideas with the help of authentic data collections, realistic scenarios, and science-based games.

Cybersecurity Lab

With the help of computer scientists working at the front lines of this important field, we're starting to design a game filled with realistic challenges that become more complex as the player’s level of experience grows. Supporting the game will be video clips and other materials that help users develop basic programming skills and a better understanding of how to stay safe online.

Cybersecurity Lab funded by Lockheed Martin
Find out what it takes to protect the world's computer networks.

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Brain Lab

We’re working with MIT computational neuroscientist Sebastian Seung and his team to develop a Lab that will challenge users to map some of the millions of neural connections that are involved in such functions as vision and memory formation. Combined with NOVA videos, Seung’s EyeWire game will help users learn about brain function while also contributing to real-world research.

brain lab
Map neural connections and help scientists determine exactly how the brain’s structure leads to functions like vision.

Image courtesy of EyeWire

Beyond that? We’re not sure, but we can say that there seems to be no shortage of great topics, huge data sets, games, crowdsourcing engines, and other ways to involve regular citizens in scientific research. So, come back regularly to look for new Labs and please let us know if you have ideas for projects that you and your friends would like to see.