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Data-driven optimization to improve mobile healthcare in disadvantaged communities

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:00

Advancing spatial science and predictive analytics to help mobile clinics reach those who need them most
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Smart cities and communities conference features NSF-funded researchers working with local community partners

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:42

On March 27 and 28, research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the smart cities and communities of the future will be on display at the sixth annual US Ignite Application Summit. NSF sponsors and funds the event which, for the third year in a row, is co-located with the Smart Cities Connect ...
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Soot transported from elsewhere in world contributes little to melting of some Antarctic glaciers

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:00

Airborne soot produced by wildfires and fossil-fuel combustion and transported to the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica contains levels of black carbon too low to contribute significantly to the melting of local glaciers, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Strong winds in the Dry Valleys, however, can temporarily cause large spikes in the amount of locally produced black carbon, which is distributed through the ...
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Engineering earthquake resilience in downtown skyscrapers

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00

Building sensors feed new community models to maximize function, minimize disruption after an earthquake
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Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 15:16

For additional information on this breakthrough, NSF has produced the video
"The birth of the first stars."

For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a refrigerator, the researchers discovered that ancient suns were active within 180 million years of the Big Bang.

The astronomers, from ...
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NSF support helps advance research in geography and spatial science

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:17

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded more than $10.2 million in 2017 through its Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) program to fund 64 new projects that will advance knowledge about geographic patterns and processes, as well as the complex dynamics of interactions among human, physical and biotic systems on Earth.

"Geography plays an important role in how people interact with each other, their cultures and their environments," said Fay Lomax Cook, NSF assistant director ...
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Deep-sea observatories to offer new view of seabed earthquakes

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:30

A mission to study New Zealand's largest fault by lowering two sub-seafloor observatories into the Hikurangi subduction zone is underway this week.

The expedition is led by scientists from The Pennsylvania State University (PennState) and GNS Science in New Zealand, and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).

"This expedition will yield ...
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"Understanding Our Ocean Connections": NSF symposium highlights links among people and marine ecosystems

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:50

On April 19, scientists from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will take part in the symposium "Understanding Our Ocean Connections."

The researchers will present findings on the connections among humans and ocean ecosystems such as coral reefs, kelp forests, mangrove forests, salt marshes, sea ice and the continental shelf.

Questions that will be answered at the symposium include: Does the future of coral reefs depend on the ...
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NSF revamps proposal guidance for education research

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) has implemented new guidance for the scientists it supports, providing detailed directions on how to make their research results easier to replicate.

The new data management plan guidance, which took effect earlier this year, requires researchers seeking EHR funding to describe in their proposals how they plan to generate data ...
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