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Neutrino observation points to one source of high-energy cosmic rays

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 11:00

Observations made by researchers using a National Science Foundation (NSF) detector at the South Pole and verified by ground- and space-based telescopes have produced the first evidence of one source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos. These ghostly subatomic particles can travel unhindered for billions of light-years, journeying to Earth from some of the most extreme environments in the universe.

Data gathered by NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the foundation's Amundsen-Scott ...
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STEM Education Advisory Panel announced

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:17

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

Gabriela Gonzalez, deputy director of the Intel Foundation, Intel Corporation, will chair the new STEM Education ...
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NSF selects Arthur Lupia to head Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:26

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Arthur Lupia to serve as head of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), which supports fundamental research in behavioral, cognitive, social and economic sciences.

Lupia has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the social sciences community. Since 2006, he has served as the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He serves ...
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Scientists study connection between Great Plains precipitation and agricultural irrigation

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:00

Can crop irrigation affect the clouds that form high above farm fields? Indeed it can, say atmospheric scientists.

Agricultural irrigation to meet a growing demand for food is adding significant amounts of water to the land surface and altering regional land use and land cover. These changes affect lower atmosphere circulation, potentially influencing cloud development and precipitation.

To further understand how irrigation may be affecting precipitation, scientists from ...
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NSF press conference on breakthrough in multimessenger astrophysics

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:10

Media are invited to attend a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) press conference announcing recent multi-messenger astrophysics findings led by NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

Representatives from nearly two dozen observatories on Earth and in space that participated in the research will be in the room during the event and will be available to the media after the press conference concludes. Reporters watching the event remotely can send questions to ...
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The NSF 2026 Idea Machine

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:34

This is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade, the next set of “Big Ideas” for future investment by NSF.
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NSF supports development of new nationwide data storage network

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:42

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a $1.8 million grant for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before.

"We are ...
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NSF awards more than $150 million to early career researchers in engineering and computer science

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $150 million in 307 early career engineering and computer science faculty to advance fields from intelligent infrastructure and collaborative robots to secure communications and brain-related technologies.

Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 from NSF to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research ...
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National Ocean Month: NSF's role in ocean science spans the globe

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 18:21

This month marks the annual celebration of oceans and all that they contribute to our planet, the surface of which is more than 70 percent water. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a long history of support for ocean-related fundamental research, and so joins with public and private partners in marking new frontiers in exploring this critical global resource.

"Ocean research, infrastructure and education advance our understanding of oceans and ocean basins and their ...
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NSF invites professional news media to submit proposals to report from Antarctica

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:22

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals from media professionals to visit Antarctica to report on research supported by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) through the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).

Those selected to deploy would visit Antarctica between early November and mid-December of 2018.

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There is an additional opportunity in this announcement. Applicants may submit to join the first science cruise to the ...
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Previously unsuspected volcanic activity confirmed under West Antarctic Ice Sheet at Pine Island Glacier

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 12:00

Tracing a chemical signature of helium in seawater, an international team of scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom's (U.K.) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has discovered a previously unknown volcanic hotspot beneath the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS).

Researchers say the newly discovered heat source could contribute in ways yet unknown to the potential collapse of the ice sheet.

The scientific consensus is that ...
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OSTP and NSF to honor 140 individuals and organizations with highest US award for teachers and mentors

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:36

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced today that more than 140 individuals and organizations will be honored with presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and mentors will receive the ...
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Community College Innovation Challenge

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:27

Many real world problems can be solved with STEM-based solutions. NSF invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in this national contest.
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NSF, NASA scientists explore ocean's 'twilight zone' to uncover links between carbon and plankton

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:00

Equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, a team of scientists will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August.

The researchers' mission for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which are supporting the project, is to study the life and death of microscopic plankton, tiny plant and animal organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the ...
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New, printable and flexible ceramic bone grafts could be a game changer

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:00

"Hyperelastic Bone" can be matched to patients or used off-the-shelf and could be cheaper, better and less painful than conventional bone tissue
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Western Dakota Tech earns first place in 4th annual Community College Innovation Challenge

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded Western Dakota Tech from Rapid City, South Dakota first place in the 2018 fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

Judges awarded second place to Oakton Community College from Des Plaines, Illinois for their Heat Recovering Silencer project.

NSF and AACC established the challenge to encourage the nation's community colleges to develop the necessary ...
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Statement on White House Community College Innovation Challenge event

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:40

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), hosted the fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) this week. This competition encourages innovative, entrepreneurial students to use science and engineering to propose solutions to real-world challenges, from energy generation to landmine detection. This year, 10 finalist teams were invited to the White House to present their ideas to a panel of expert ...
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To forecast winter rainfall in Los Angeles, look to New Zealand in the summer

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:00

Variability in El Niño cycles was long considered a reliable tool for predicting winter precipitation in the Southwest United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent years.

In a study published today in Nature Communications, National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found a new method to project wet or dry conditions for the winter ahead.

"Influences between the hemispheres ...
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Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet retreated little during past 8 million years

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:00

Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The finding could have significant implications for global sea level rise.

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of three major ice sheets closely watched by scientists as global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels increase, ...
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