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Scientists embark on expedition to submerged continent Zealandia

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:00

Note: Video from IODP Expedition 371 will be available post-expedition.

Surrounding New Zealand is a mass of Earth's crust about half the size of Australia, the continent Zealandia. What makes Zealandia different from other continents is that more than 90 percent of it is submerged.

Increasingly detailed seafloor maps have attracted attention to ...
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Researchers make improbable discovery of deep-sea coral reefs in "hostile" Pacific Ocean depths

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 05:00

Scientists had long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to certain species of deep-sea corals, but a marine biologist's discovery of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered.

Scientist Amy Baco-Taylor of Florida State University (FSU), in collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University, found the reefs during an autonomous underwater ...
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Increased sample size in 2015 Survey of Doctorate Recipients enables first time reporting on fine fields of study

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:37

The National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has more than doubled the sample size of its 2015 Survey of Doctorate Recipients in order to examine employment characteristics for specific fields of degree for the first time.

The 2015 survey reports employment data for eight broad degree fields, as well as more than 200 "fine" fields of degree within those broad ...
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NSF/NASA/NCAR press conference: What will scientists learn from the August 21 total solar eclipse?

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:35

The total solar eclipse next month is the first to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century, giving scientists a unique opportunity to observe the sun's corona with an array of technologies and methodologies.

Findings from these eclipse experiments will advance our knowledge of the sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field as well as its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported National Center for Atmospheric Research ...
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Study finds mercury levels in Arctic soils 5 times higher than temperate regions

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:30

Plants and soil in the Arctic tundra absorb and store mercury released into the atmosphere by industry and mining in the Earth's temperate regions, leading to soil mercury levels five times higher than in lower latitudes, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The research was published this week in the journal Nature.

The international team of researchers from the U.S. and France used a combination of methods to monitor ...
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NSF-funded ACM Turing awardees: A look at 50 years of computing's greatest visionaries

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 17:44

This year marks 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, often regarded as the "Nobel Prize of Computing." Since 1966, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized on an annual basis individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing.

The name of the award recognizes Alan M. Turing, who is often credited as a key founder of the field of artificial intelligence. More than half of the 65 ...
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NSF issues $14 million in awards for improved genomic tools

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:41

Ten new awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $14 million will enable biologists to develop enhanced genomic tools that can reveal new insights into why organisms are structured the way they are and function the way they do.

Genomic tools allow researchers to understand more about the genetic makeup, or genomes, of organisms. They also have the potential to show how gene function affects organisms' phenotypes -- the physical and functional characteristics that ...
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Report: In 2015, US institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:26

U.S. institutions in 2015 awarded 55,006 research doctorate degrees, the highest number ever reported, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients.

The report, published by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), supplies data and analysis for a vital U.S. economic interest: the American system of doctoral ...
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Solar science: Exploring the power of our closest star

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:21

It's the year of the Great American Eclipse--an opportunity to bring "solar science" into the spotlight. As Earth’s nearest star, our energy-rich, brilliant sun and its volatile atmospheric disturbances can interfere with our own planet's power grids and communications systems. But NSF-funded science looks at ways to learn more from the sun and how we can further harness its power...during an eclipse and beyond!
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NSF-funded researchers demonstrate advanced network applications at 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:19

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long been a leader in supporting research that has formed the basis for smart and connected communities, pushing sensor and networking capabilities beyond today's Internet of Things (IoT) to next-generation technologies able to revolutionize our lives in smart communities across the nation.

This week, hundreds of researchers, community leaders and innovators will converge at the 2017 ...
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NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals from media professionals to visit Greenland and report on scientific research in the Arctic supported by NSF's Office of Polar Programs.

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and ...
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The National Science Foundation and making

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:41

Discoveries often begin with the initiative of a student, a young person, an educator, an entrepreneur, or anyone with the drive to make something new. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds science and engineering research and technological innovation built on the creativity and imagination of individuals such as these.

Now, modern-day tinkerers of do-it-yourself technology, known as makers, are driving a new era of American innovation. Makers cross all age, ...
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Dawn Tilbury begins appointment to head NSF Engineering Directorate

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:00

Today, Dawn Tilbury begins her appointment to lead the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG), which supports engineering research and education critical to the nation's future and fosters innovations that benefit society.

Tilbury comes to NSF from the University of Michigan (U-M), where she is a professor of mechanical engineering and served as associate dean for research in the College of ...
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Third NSF Community College Innovation Challenge rewards top entries

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:54

Teams from Texas and Colorado received first and second place awards, respectively, in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) co-sponsors the annual event, which fosters students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by asking them to offer creative solutions to real-world ...
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Researchers gauge impact of "Maker" job opportunities for underserved teens

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:00

3-D print shop helps answer crucial questions about engaging youth in STEM through after-school jobs
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Emerging biotech with potential to improve US health care on display at 2017 International BIO Convention

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:14

Small businesses and startups funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will display emerging biotechnology at the 2017 BIO International Convention Innovation Zone June 19-22 in San Diego.

More than 20 NSF-funded projects will exhibit in a space dedicated to early stage companies with new biomedical technologies and products, including ...
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Crystals once deep inside a volcano offer new view of magma, eruption timing

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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Volcanologists are gaining a better understanding of what's going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below New Zealand's Mount Tarawera volcano. They're finding a colder, more solid place than they thought, according to research published today in the journal Science.

It's a new view of how ...
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Slow earthquakes in ocean subduction zones shed light on tsunami risk

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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Understanding "slow-slip" earthquakes on the seafloor -- seismic events that occur over a period of days or weeks -- is giving researchers new insights into undersea earthquakes and the subsequent creation of tsunamis. Through an ocean discovery program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ...
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Solar Eclipse 2017 Media Event

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:10

NSF will join several federal agencies and science organizations June 21 for two back-to-back briefings organized by NASA to provide important solar eclipse viewing safety, travel and science information.

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the nation Aug. 21. During the eclipse, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding research to learn more about the sun and space weather, including a citizen science project that will capture data about the sun ...
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National Science Foundation brings 'awesome' science to Awesome Con

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:41

Stand back Wonder Woman, Doctor Who and Bruce Wayne. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is bringing some of its own superheroes to Awesome Con D.C. 2017. Hands-on demos of NSF-funded science and talks about the science behind superheroes and superhuman science are sure to be as dazzling as some participants' costumes. NSF Director France Córdova will also participate in a roundtable discussion on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...
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