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NSF, Popular Science announce this year’s Vizzies winners

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:01

Today, Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announce the winners of the 16th Annual Vizzies Challenge, celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data, principles, and research.

The competition recognizes the best visualizations of all types, including photographs, illustrations, posters and graphics, interactives, videos, GIFs and other submissions produced by artists, hobbyists or academic ...
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NSF announces awards to shape the human-technology partnership for the well-being of workers and their productivity

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 17:57

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing over $25 million in 26 projects to advance the cognitive and physical capabilities of workers in the context of human-technology interactions. These new awards will address critical social, technical, educational and economic needs in the workplace.

The awards were issued under the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), one of 10 Big Ideas for ...
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Deficits in executive functions predict longer term difficulties in STEM

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 02:43

Kindergarten children who exhibit poor executive functions are at elevated risk for repeated academic difficulties across elementary school, including in mathematics and science, according to a new longitudinal study of 11,000 students attending U.S. elementary schools.

Executive functions are a set of cognitive processes that manage and regulate our goal-directed behavior. They are like the mind's "air traffic control system," helping people plan, shift their attention and organize ...
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Media invited to NSF for distinguished lecture with evolutionary biologist Sheila Patek

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:54

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences invites media and members of the public to a distinguished lecture series with Sheila Patek of Duke University. From the extraordinarily powerful acceleration of the mantis shrimp's hammer-like claws to the superfast jaws of trap-jaw ants, Patek studies, among other things, the mechanics of animal motion and will discuss how this translates into human-designed and engineered systems.

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NSF announces new awards for research to better understand Earth’s biodiversity

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 13:37

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing over $18 million in 10 new projects to research processes in nature and their complex interactions with climate, land use and invasive species at local, regional and continental scales. The awards are funded through NSF's Dimensions of Biodiversity program in the agency's environmental biology division.

Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is ...
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Predicting Seasonal Weather

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:15

Large-scale weather patterns play a large role in controlling seasonal weather. Knowing the conditions of these atmospheric oscillations in advance would greatly improve long-range weather predictions.
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Socially assistive robots for children on the autism spectrum

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00

Study to advance in-home robots that adapt to the individual needs of children with autism
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Contractual employee dies at NSF's Palmer Station, Antarctica

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 16:01

An employee for a subcontractor to the National Science Foundation's Antarctic logistics contractor has died of natural causes at Palmer Station, Antarctica. The death occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Chile Summer Time (CLST) on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The employee's next of kin have been notified. NSF is not releasing any medical or personal information on the deceased.

The U.S. Embassy in Chile has been informed of the situation. Palmer Station is on the Antarctic Peninsula, ...
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Atmospheric scientists begin field campaign to study extreme thunderstorms in Argentina

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 11:11

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

As residents of the U.S. Midwest know, spring in the Great Plains can bring severe weather, including hail, damaging winds, torrential rains and deadly tornadoes with catastrophic impacts.

Similarly, spring in the Pampas, a vast plains region that extends from the foothills of the Andes Mountains in ...
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NSF's 10 Big Ideas

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:15

Since 2017, NSF has been building a foundation for the Big Ideas through pioneering research and pilot activities. In 2019, NSF will invest $30 million in each Big Idea and continue to identify and support emerging opportunities for U.S. leadership in Big Ideas that serve the Nation's future.
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NSF-funded ACM Turing awardees: Over 50 years of computing's greatest visionaries

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:34

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Turing Award, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," is given for major contributions of lasting importance to computing. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. Since 1966, the ACM has been awarded annually to individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing.

Alan M. Turing is often credited as a ...
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Extremely close look at electron advances frontiers in particle physics

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 13:00

An unprecedented, close examination of the electron has opened a window into the mind-bending nature of particles, energy and forces at infinitesimal scales.

The findings, showing a spherical shape for the electron's charge, emerged from the Advanced Cold Molecule Electron Electric Dipole Moment (ACME) Search, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The results support the strength of the Standard Model of particle ...
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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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