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To forecast winter rainfall in Los Angeles, look to New Zealand in the summer

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:00

Variability in El Niño cycles was long considered a reliable tool for predicting winter precipitation in the Southwest United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent years.

In a study published today in Nature Communications, National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found a new method to project wet or dry conditions for the winter ahead.

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Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet retreated little during past 8 million years

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:00

Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The finding could have significant implications for global sea level rise.

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of three major ice sheets closely watched by scientists as global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels increase, ...
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Statement on National Academies sexual harassment study

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:00

In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and ...
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Catch a Wave! The Science of Summer

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:21

Meet sharks and alligators up close, listen to the eerie sounds of the West’s rock arches, explore a lost continent. Catch a wave! Explore the science of summer with the National Science Foundation.
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New NSF special report released ahead of World Oceans Day: Catch a Wave! The Science of Summer

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 06:00

Catch a Wave! Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a look at the science behind the "sweet spot" we call summer.

There's a time in each year,

That we always hold dear,

Good old summer time;

With the birds and the trees,

And sweet-scented breezes,

Good old summer time.

The lyrics to the tune "In the Good Old Summertime" were written in 1902 by songwriter ...
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Nearly 300 NSF-funded small businesses to demonstrate emerging technologies

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:14

Small businesses with awards from America's Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation, will demonstrate their cutting-edge, emerging technology June 4-5 in Atlanta.

Inventors and representatives from approximately 300 U.S.-based, NSF-funded small businesses will be available at the Technology Showcase to talk about what's next in fields like artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, sensors and medical devices.

Each ...
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National Science Foundation spotlights young math superstars

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:46

Members of the media are invited to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, June 4, for the recognition of 12 high school math student winners in the 47th USA Mathematical Olympiad part of the Mathematical Association of America American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) this spring. Also to be recognized are four members of the U.S. team that finished second in the 7th Annual European Girls’ Mathematical ...
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