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Study finds mercury levels in Arctic soils 5 times higher than temperate regions

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:30

Plants and soil in the Arctic tundra absorb and store mercury released into the atmosphere by industry and mining in the Earth's temperate regions, leading to soil mercury levels five times higher than in lower latitudes, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The research was published this week in the journal Nature.

The international team of researchers from the U.S. and France used a combination of methods to monitor ...
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NSF-funded ACM Turing awardees: A look at 50 years of computing's greatest visionaries

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 17:44

This year marks 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, often regarded as the "Nobel Prize of Computing." Since 1966, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized on an annual basis individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing.

The name of the award recognizes Alan M. Turing, who is often credited as a key founder of the field of artificial intelligence. More than half of the 65 ...
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NSF issues $14 million in awards for improved genomic tools

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:41

Ten new awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $14 million will enable biologists to develop enhanced genomic tools that can reveal new insights into why organisms are structured the way they are and function the way they do.

Genomic tools allow researchers to understand more about the genetic makeup, or genomes, of organisms. They also have the potential to show how gene function affects organisms' phenotypes -- the physical and functional characteristics that ...
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Report: In 2015, US institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:26

U.S. institutions in 2015 awarded 55,006 research doctorate degrees, the highest number ever reported, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients.

The report, published by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), supplies data and analysis for a vital U.S. economic interest: the American system of doctoral ...
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