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National Science Foundation to present FY 2018 budget request

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:21

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova will present President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday May 23. The presentation will take place at NSF's headquarters, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia.

Following Córdova's presentation, there will be a question and answer session with NSF leadership. The presentation will be recorded. It will be posted on on the following ...
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US signs agreement on enhancing international Arctic scientific cooperation

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:58

On May 11, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement to promote Arctic scientific cooperation by breaking down barriers to scientific research and exploration.

The signing took place at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States are parties to the agreement.

The "Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation" ...
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Video showcase returns, spotlighting 155 NSF-funded STEM education projects

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:57

This week, STEM for All Video Showcase returns for its third year of highlighting innovative federally funded research that improves education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

From May 15-22, the showcase, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides researchers the opportunity to feature their work in three-minute videos they created and posted to the ...
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New tool could help predict, prevent surging waters in flood plains

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:00

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education (ERE) programs at this link.

A group of international scientists studying China's Yellow River has created a new tool that could help officials better predict and prevent its all-too-frequent floods, which threaten as many as 80 million people.

The tool -- a formula to calculate sediment transport -- may also be ...
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Bacteria living in marine sponge produce toxic compounds found in man-made products

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:32

Researchers have discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, a finding that could help scientists better understand the human health implications of these common additives.

The new findings, by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego, moved the research team a step closer to unraveling the ...
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7 ways to help your kids with math homework

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 04:12

Author Joan Ferrini-Mundy is acting chief operating officer at NSF. She previously served as assistant director for NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate and is a nationally recognized leader in mathematics education.

If you've ever had to help your child with math homework, you really appreciate their teachers, who do it every day. "Math anxiety" isn't something only kids experience.

Maybe you haven't seen an algebra formula in years, and weren't that ...
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After the Lecture: 'Skin sensor' researcher Zhenan Bao

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 03:34

Stanford University's Zhenan Bao takes on research challenges that she knows are many years away from reaching the general public: new and inexpensive solar cells, ultra-sensitive explosives detectors, sensors that can detect something as light as a fly landing on them, and flexible sensor "skin" that could one day be wrapped around prosthetic limbs. Bao, who was born in China but moved to the U.S. during college, has been supported by several National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. ...
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Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:48

Find related stories on NSF's geosciences risk and resilience interest area at this link.

Researchers have developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes. (See video)

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Two early career researchers honored with Alan T. Waterman Award

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:59

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today recognized Baratunde "Bara" A. Cola of the Georgia Institute of Technology and John V. Pardon of Princeton University with the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, the Alan T. Waterman Award. This marks only the second time in the award's 42-year history that NSF selected two recipients in the same year.

Bestowed annually, the Waterman Award recognizes outstanding researchers age 35 and under in NSF-supported ...
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National Science Foundation modifies Alan T. Waterman Award eligibility criteria

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:53

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced changes in eligibility requirements for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., now may be nominated for the award. Previous requirements mandated nominees be 35 years or younger or up to seven years post Ph.D.

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Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:21

Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period.

The cores provide insights into how the region's climate has changed over time. The researchers' results, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, could help ...
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Rita Colwell, world-renowned microbiologist and science leader, to receive the Vannevar Bush Award

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:00

The National Science Board (NSB) is pleased to announce that Rita Rossi Colwell, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland College Park and at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., and founder and chairman at CosmosID, Inc., will receive the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award.

The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who ...
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New NSF special report released ahead of Earth Day: April Showers Bring … The Science of Spring

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:36

From flowers' microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are studying the science of spring. Now, in time for Earth Day, a new NSF special report -- April Showers Bring...The Science of Spring -- looks at what makes spring such a vibrant, and sometimes dangerous, season.

NSF supports studies of such diverse spring subjects as the bloom of plant ...
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April Showers Bring... The Science of Spring

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:30

From flowers’ microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by NSF are studying the science of spring. NSF peers into what makes spring such a vibrant--and sometimes dangerous--season.
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U.S. companies performed 18% of R&D outside the United States in 2013

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:00

U.S. companies spent $73 billion on research and development (R&D) performed outside the United States in 2013, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

The total represented 18 percent of U.S. companies' total R&D performance. These same companies spent $323 billion on R&D performed within the United States in 2013.

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Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:00

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Scientists have long wondered what the earliest dinosaur relatives looked like. Most assumed they would resemble miniature dinosaurs, about the size of chickens, and walk on two legs.

The discovery of Teleocrater rhadinus, however, has forced scientists to reassess their ideas. Based on a fossil unearthed in southern Tanzania, these early relatives were carnivorous animals that measured approximately 7-10 feet long, with long necks and tails. Rather than walking on two legs, ...
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NSF awards $5.6 million to establish new arctic Long-Term Ecological Research site

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 11:37

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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $5.6 million, five-year grant to establish a Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site along the northern Alaskan coast that will focus on the interactions between land and ocean that shape coastal ecosystems in the Arctic over different time ...
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Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 15:15

Microbes in streams flowing on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material and be part of an as yet undiscovered "dynamic local carbon cycle," according to a new paper published by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The cycle, they argue, could become a significant global source of carbon as temperatures rise worldwide and microbial activity increases.

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Finalists for 2017 Community College Innovation Challenge announced

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:55

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), named 10 finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

CCIC fosters development of crucial science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) innovation skills in students at community colleges by challenging them to propose innovative, STEM-based solutions to complex, real-world problems.

"For the third year in a row, ...
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