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Media invited to Capitol Hill as students, lawmakers meet for NSF Community College Innovation Challenge

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:00

On June 14, media are invited to join members of the House and Senate on Capitol Hill as they meet this year's finalists in the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

Every year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) invite teams from across the country to submit innovative solutions grounded in science, technology, engineering and ...
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Generation Nano Challenge

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:57

NSF and NNI aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of nanotechnology and STEM careers in high school students by inviting them to design an original superhero with nanotechnology-enabled gear.
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NSF announces 2017 winners for Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:57

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), named the first- and second-place winners, as well as the People's Choice winner, for the second annual Generation Nano competition.

Generation Nano challenges high school students to imagine novel superheroes who use the power of nanotechnology -- technology on the scale of a nanometer, or 1 billionth of a ...
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Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:00

Find related stories on NSF's Long Term Ecological Research Program.

Scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that's more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit?

Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil.

The new discovery, led by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is featured ...
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LIGO detects third black hole merger

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:57

Statement from National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova regarding news that researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from a third pair of merging black holes 3 billion light-years away -- the farthest distance yet.

This is exactly what we hoped for from NSF's investment in LIGO: taking us deeper into time and space in ways we couldn't do before the detection of gravitational waves. In ...
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Nearly 300 NSF-funded startups and small businesses to demo emerging technologies

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:00

Startups and small businesses with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will demonstrate pre-market technologies on June 5-6 in Atlanta. From bacteria-grown bricks and clear solar panels to custom ...
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Atmospheric scientists conduct field experiment to study wind flow over complex mountain terrain

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 06:00

Over the past month, researchers have descended on Portugal's Vale Do Cobrão near the Spanish border to study the valley's wind flow patterns.

The international project, known as Perdigão after the closest town, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and involves more than 50 atmospheric scientists. They're working to better understand how wind moves over variable terrain.

The project began on May 1 and will continue until June 15.

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In a drought, over-irrigated lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:53

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education programs.

In the summer of 2010, Los Angeles lost about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through evaporation, mostly from overwatering of lawns and trees.

Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a study published today in the ...
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National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:30

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today publicly presented President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress.

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will ...
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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.

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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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