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Arecibo Observatory: Media Resources

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:20

Completed in 1963 and stewarded by U.S. National Science Foundation since the 1970s, Arecibo Observatory has contributed to many important scientific discoveries, including the demonstration of gravitational waves from a binary pulsar, the first discovery of an extrasolar planet, composition of the ionosphere, and the characterization of the properties and orbits of a number of potentially hazardous asteroids.
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NSF selects Kendra Sharp to lead the Office of International Science and Engineering

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:22

Sharp has been a faculty member in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University since 2010 and held the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professorship of Humanitarian Engineering from 2015 to 2020. Her research and teaching interests include design for international development, applications of technology in humanitarian engineering, and sustainable water and energy systems. Sharp founded and directs the school's humanitarian engineering program. She also serves as the university’s ...
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Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope suffers collapse

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 09:04

The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell at approximately 7:55 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time Dec. 1, resulting in damage to the dish and surrounding facilities.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse. The U.S. National Science Foundation ordered the area around the telescope to be cleared of unauthorized personnel since the failure of a cable Nov. 6. Local authorities will keep the area cordoned off as engineers work ...
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NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 12:03

UPDATE: During ongoing aerial drone surveillance of the Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope, engineers observed additional breakages on the exterior wires of the remaining cables attached to Tower 4. This is the same tower to which the failed auxiliary cable and the broken main cable were attached. Safety is NSF’s top priority. As engineers continue their work on a safety plan for the 305-meter telescope decommissioning process, NSF will continue to assess the situation and ...
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NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 17:33

I-Corps offers researchers unique opportunities to learn how to turn discoveries into new technologies and to participate in the national innovation ecosystem.
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Announcements

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:57

Statement on the Nobel Prize for Economics 2020

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 10:08

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2020 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, both of Stanford University, "for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats." The U.S. National Science Foundation has supported these researchers for decades, as they explored game theory and used their findings to develop new kinds of auctions.

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan issued ...
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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 10:10

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jennifer A. Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, in Berlin, “for the development of a method for genome editing.” The U.S. National Science Foundation has long supported Doudna, beginning with its Alan T. Waterman award in 2000, as well as other researchers in her CRISPR lab. Doudna, an advocate for fundamental ...
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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 07:07

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to Roger Penrose "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy." The U.S. National Science Foundation supported Penrose for theoretical work while he was at Rice University and Gentzel for infrared astronomy at the ...
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