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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:30

For more than 60 years, the National Science Foundation has significantly advanced the understanding of the universe as the federal steward for ground-based astronomy.
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Earth & Environment

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:21

Our planet gives up its secrets slowly. But every year we learn more about its oceans and air, its restless continents, its myriad ecosystems, and the way living things interact with their environments.
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Computing

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:20

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a long history of supporting computer and information science and engineering research, education and infrastructure. NSF's investments in these fields ensure innovative advances in computing.
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Arctic & Antarctic

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 18:16

At a glance, Earth's polar regions seem like mirror images, located some 12,000 miles apart. Both are vast, icy regions covering opposite ends of the globe. Closer examination reveals differences as well as similarities.
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Businesses spent $375 billion on R&D performance in US in 2016

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:00

Businesses spent a total of $375 billion on research and development (R&D) performance in the United States in 2016, an increase of 5.3 percent from 2015. Funding from companies' own sources was $318 billion in 2016, an increase of 7 percent from 2015. Funding from other sources was $57 billion in 2016 and $59 billion in 2015.

Of the $375 billion companies spent on R&D in 2016, $25 billion (7 percent) was spent on basic research, $61 billion (16 percent) on applied research, ...
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2018-2019 NSF Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:04

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) invites media and members of the public to its latest distinguished lectures series. The seven lectures will reveal insights into breakthrough research and explore what discoveries science may hold for the future.

The MPS mission is to harness the collective efforts of the mathematical and physical sciences communities to address compelling questions and push the boundaries of scientific ...
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Statement on the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:40

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2018 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel to William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York University for expanding the understanding of global scale macroeconomics. The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) has supported the research of both laureates with multiple awards, including more than three decades of support for ...
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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 16:39

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in chemistry to Frances H. Arnold of California Institute of Technology "for the directed evolution of enzymes" and the other half jointly to George P. Smith of the University of Missouri and Gregory P. Winter at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies." The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Arnold through many awards over the course of three decades, including a ...
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Nobel Prizes--The NSF Connection

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:14

When a scientist who has received federal funding is awarded the Nobel prize, the public can share both the pride and the research benefits. More than 200 laureates have been supported by the public through NSF.
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Statement on 2018 Manufacturing Day

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:02

On Oct. 5, 2018, the White House released a report, Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, which highlighted the key roles that federal agencies play in fostering the growth of advanced manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing production continues to grow at a consistently strong pace, creating more U.S. economic value per dollar spent than any other ...
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NSF announces $24.2 million to support research fueling smart cities and communities

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 13:10

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced approximately $22.6 million in Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) awards, supporting 13 projects involving researchers at 35 institutions nationwide.

Additionally, NSF and Mozilla announced the winners of the NSF Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenges, awarding a total of $1.6 ...
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Community College Cyber Pilot Program makes first awards

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:56

A new National Science Foundation (NSF) program made its first awards to community college partnerships that work to help motivated students become highly qualified cybersecurity professionals in government positions.

NSF's Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program issued three awards to project leads that will build research collaborations among partners in six states: California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, ...
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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:27

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics to Arthur Ashkin of the United States for "the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems" and Gérard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada for their "method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses." Strickland is only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Mourou with several awards beginning in 1980 for ...
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NSF launches pilot for national high school engineering course

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a pilot to prepare a curriculum and teachers across the U.S. for a nationwide pre-college course on engineering principles and design.

The three-year, $4-million pilot marks an important milestone in the creation of a nationally recognized high school engineering course intended to lead to widely accepted, transferrable credit at the college level.

"NSF plays a vital role ...
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Sustainable Agriculture: Engineering a win-win solution for poultry litter

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00

New technology converts chicken manure into an eco-friendly revenue stream for farmers
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Scientists discover genetic basis for how harmful algae blooms become toxic

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 14:00

Scientists have uncovered the genetic basis for the production of domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin produced by certain harmful algae blooms.

In a new study appearing in this week's issue of the journal Science, researchers identified a cluster of genes related to the production of domoic acid in microscopic plants, or phytoplankton, called Pseudo-nitzschia.

The researchers, whose work is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), found that the genes ...
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NSF awards new level of support for tribal colleges, establishes STEM centers

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 17:09

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) has awarded $14 million to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to establish four new centers -- the first of their kind.

The Tribal Enterprise Advancement (TEA) centers will build upon the scientific and engineering (S&E) expertise at the TCUs to prepare the next generation of scientific professionals who will serve as the decision-makers and intellectual resources for their tribes and ...
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NSF announces new awards for quantum research, technologies

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $31 million for fundamental quantum research that will enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution. The awards are announced as NSF joins other federal agencies and private partners at a White House summit on quantum information science today.

"The quantum revolution is about expanding the definition of what's possible for the technology of tomorrow," said NSF Director France Córdova. "NSF-supported ...
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Boeing, National Science Foundation announce partnership for workforce development and diversity in STEM

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:14

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Boeing today announced a new, $21 million partnership through which Boeing will invest $11 million to accelerate training in critical skill areas and increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Boeing becomes the first business to contribute at a national level to NSF INCLUDES, which aims to enhance U.S. innovation leadership through a commitment to broadening participation.

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