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NSF-supported scientists present research results on ecosystem change

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:50

On March 21, scientists from across the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will take part in an annual mini-symposium, presenting results on how ecosystems from coast to coast are changing. The symposium takes place the day before World Water Day, a yearly celebration of our planet's water resources.

How healthy will Earth's ecosystems, which ultimately depend on water, be by World Water Day 2027, 2067 and beyond? Topics at the ...
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Note from the director: Broadening participation through NSF INCLUDES

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 03:14

France Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). To read more posts from the director, check out her Notes from the Field blog.

Last year, NSF issued its first grants for NSF INCLUDES, a major addition to our portfolio of programs seeking to broaden participation in science and engineering (S&E). In January, I had a chance to meet with the recipients of those grants at our first meeting ...
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Q&A: Exposing the realities of eviction

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 01:00

"Eviction" is a term that has become increasingly familiar to Americans over the past decade as one of the most visible symbols of poverty and economic misfortune. But research by social scientist and ethnographer Matthew Desmond shows that the reality of eviction is more complicated than traditional narratives might indicate.

Notably, Desmond says, eviction can actually serve as a cause of poverty, rather than an effect.

"One of our studies shows eviction can cause higher ...
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Terraformer wind tunnel takes hazards engineering research to a new level

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 01:00

Next generation wind engineering facility draws researchers from all over the country; new tools provide information to help save lives, protect property
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Contact tracing and targeted insecticide spraying can curb dengue outbreaks

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:00

Find related stories on the National Science Foundation/National Institutes of Health/U.S. Department of Agriculture Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program at this link.

Contact tracing -- a process of identifying everyone who has come into contact with those infected by a particular disease -- combined with targeted, indoor spraying of insecticide can greatly reduce the ...
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Flat-footed competitors have fighting advantage

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 05:00

A heel-down posture -- a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates -- confers advantages in fighting, according to a new study published today in the journal Biology Open.

Standing with heels planted allows more swinging force when fighting, says biologist David Carrier of the University of Utah, lead author of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. In contrast, ...
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Roses are red. Violets are blue. What gives flowers those eye-catching hues?

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:07

To solve the mystery of why roses are red and violets are blue, scientists are peering into the genes of plant petals.

"When you ask anyone how one flower is different from another, for most of us, color is the feature that first comes to mind," says evolutionary biologist Stacey Smith of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Most people don't think about why a flower is a particular color, but it's an important question for biologists, says Prosanta Chakrabarty, a program ...
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Last year's El Niño waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 06:31

Last winter’s El Niño may have felt weak to residents of Southern California, but it was one of the most powerful weather events of the last 145 years, scientists say.

If severe El Niño events become more common in the future, as some studies suggest, the California coast -- home to more than 25 million people -- may become increasingly vulnerable to coastal hazards, independently of projected sea level rise.

A new study conducted by scientists at the ...
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Cleaner water, cleaner future: Engineering new water tech

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 13:42

Engineering researchers are creating new ways to handle drought, chemical spills and water purification. Imagine a clean water future.
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NSF to host ‘Arc of Science’ event on Capitol Hill

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 09:00

On Feb. 15, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) will host "The Arc of Science: Research to Results," an event on Capitol Hill to highlight for new members of Congress and their staff some of the tangible impacts of federally funded basic research.

NSF Director France Córdova and Reps. Lamar Smith and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas will deliver remarks, with media invited to attend. With hands-on demonstrations, the event ...
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Transformational building design energizes water recycling--literally!

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 01:00

Multidisciplinary engineering team designs new solar-paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat
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U.S. icebreaker to visit New Zealand

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:14

New Zealand has granted the United States permission for a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the USCGC Polar Star, to visit the port of Lyttelton later this month. The icebreaker will make the port call on its way to its home port of Seattle after completing a resupply mission supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), which is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The U.S. embassy in Wellington announced the port call earlier this week.

New Zealand has not ...
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Human Water Cycle

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:51

The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, release an original video series exploring the connection between water, food and energy.
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New NSF-funded videos highlight 'Human Water Cycle'

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:39

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, released an original video series that explores the connection between water, food and energy.

The four-part "Human Water Cycle" series spotlights science and engineering research aimed at helping people use water more efficiently. Narrated by Anne Thompson of NBC News, the series ...
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Hands-on learning research that benefits the economy, environment

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 01:00

NSF-funded research expands on the Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor, giving urban middle school students a hand in restoring oyster habitats
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Scientists present El Niño, other long-term ecological research results at annual aquatic sciences meeting

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 17:25

The ecological effects of the strong 2015-2016 El Niño. Carbon burial in aquatic ecosystems. The presence of pharmaceuticals in streams.

These are just a few of the topics scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will discuss at the upcoming Association for the Sciences of ...
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NCSES publishes latest Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:30

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment.

The report shows the degree to which women, people with disabilities and ...
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Antarctic medical evacuation underway

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 16:56

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will assist in the medical evacuation of a 66-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffered a stroke on the Antarctic cruise vessel, MV Ortelius, in Antarctic waters early on Monday morning (New Zealand time).

The Rescue Coordination Center New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the medical evacuation with the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program and the vessel operator.

RCCNZ is responsible for a search-and-rescue region, which ...
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