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Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:05

Whether you're a teacher, student or just fascinated by science, the NSF Science Zone app will ignite your imagination. If you want the latest news, interviews and discussions about science, technology, engineering, and math, the Science360 Radio app is for you. Learn more about NSF's apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
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Two contract employees die in Antarctica

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:41

Two fire technicians at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica have been pronounced dead following an incident at a generator building that powers a radio transmitter near the station.

The incident, which still is under investigation, occurred on Dec. 12 local time (McMurdo Station keeps New Zealand time).

NSF is not releasing any personal information about the deceased at this time. Their next of kin have been notified.

The workers were ...
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Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2017 declined slightly

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:00

U.S. institutions awarded 54,664 research doctorate degrees in 2017, a slight decline from the number awarded in 2016, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients that provides data for the Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities report.

The report, published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation, ...
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After the hurricane: Maria’s far-reaching effects on Puerto Rico’s watersheds and forests

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:00

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories Sites. Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Sites.

With fierce winds and flooding rains, hurricanes can be disasters for people -- and for ecosystems. These devastating storms have major effects on tropical forests, ...
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Live from the ocean research vessel Atlantis

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 17:58

Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting live to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting exhibit booth from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the expedition's scientists and engineers will talk about their research, including their use of submersibles, and answer questions from the ...
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Expeditions in Computing: 10 years transforming science and society

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program is recognizing a decade of investments in ambitious computing research. That research has included big data, computational neuroscience, quantum computing, computer vision and robotics. During the two-day principal investigator meeting, media are invited to join a morning session (only) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 ...
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Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:35

In his 1864 science fiction novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne wrote: "Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean ... a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?"

Fast-forward more than 150 years to the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, where scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations ...
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NSF, NASA announce commitments to support White House strategic plan on STEM education

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:10

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

These partnerships are announced as the White ...
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Higher education research and development expenditures increased 4.7 percent from FY2016 to FY2017

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:00

Funding of higher education research and development (R&D) in the United States reached $75.3 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, an increase of 4.7 percent from FY2016.

Federal funding of R&D increased in both current and constant dollars, the first such consecutive increase since the peak of expenditures from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 between FY2009 and FY2011. These data are from the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, conducted ...
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NSF-supported scientists present new research results on Earth's critical zone at 2018 AGU fall meeting

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:51

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories.

The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is called the critical zone. It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil and life flourishes.

To develop a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine Critical Zone ...
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Scientists to present new long-term ecological research findings at fall American Geophysical Union meeting

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:00

Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link.

Microbes and plant roots are hard at work under snow and ice, deep in desert soils, and in the ground beneath our feet. Their activities affect water clarity, salt marsh survival, the impact of drought and the pace of climate change.

New results presented by National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term ...
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NSF and Internet2 to explore cloud computing to accelerate science frontiers

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:41

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new cooperative agreement with Internet2, a nonprofit computer networking consortium, to build partnerships with commercial cloud computing providers and support science applications in new and more effective uses of cloud computing capabilities.

The NSF-funded Internet2 project, Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS), will investigate the viability of ...
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NSF awards $50M in grants to improve STEM education

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:00

With the 2018-2019 school year underway, K-12 students have new opportunities for learning. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers also have new prospects to sharpen their skills and innovate in their classrooms.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) program aims to help students and teachers accomplish all of the above. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, DRK-12 ...
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NSF Prize Competitions

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 18:43

NSF welcomes members of the public to help solve science, technology, engineering and math challenges by submitting ideas and solutions for a chance to win prizes.
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Fossil discovery adds to understanding of how geological changes affected evolution of mammalian life

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:00

The discovery of fossil teeth from two marsupial species that lived 43 million years ago on what was at that time an island provides key insights into the influence of geological changes on the evolution of mammals, according to newly published research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The dominant model for understanding animal movement is that the most important factors are an island's size and its distance from the colonizing animals' territory. However, the ...
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Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth’s interior

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 14:00

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench, a crescent-shaped trench in the Western Pacific that measures 1,500 miles long and is the deepest ocean trench in the world.

The observations from the trench have important implications for the global water cycle, according to researchers at Washington University in ...
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Processing human urine to recycle nutrients into fertilizer

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 01:00

Engineering a system that transforms human urine from a waste product into a fertilizer for more sustainable agriculture
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Villagers follow the geology to healthy water in Bangladesh

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:56

Scientists have found a way to fight arsenic in well water, which accounts for one of every 20 deaths in Bangladesh.

Arsenic, often referred to as the "king of poisons," has a long, sordid history as a murder weapon used in high doses to assassinate aristocrats. It's also a common natural element found in well water around the world.

In groundwater, too much arsenic is still a killer, nowhere more so than in Bangladesh. The South Asia country's 10 million or more shallow, ...
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Construction begins on research ship funded by NSF, operated by Oregon State University

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:30

Construction began today in Houma, Louisiana, on the R/V Taani, a new research ship that will advance the scientific understanding of coastal environments by supporting studies of ocean acidification, hypoxia, sea level rise and other topics.

Operated by Oregon State University (OSU), Taani (pronounced "tahnee"), a word that means "offshore" in the language of the Siletz people of the Pacific Northwest, will be the first in a series of Regional Class Research ...
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