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Note from the director: Broadening participation through NSF INCLUDES

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 02:14

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 - 00:00

"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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Thermal Transport Processes

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:00

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Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:36

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A low-cost mechanical device for minimally invasive surgery

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00

Surgeons can now use a new type of mechanical instrument to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery, thanks to researchers and small business entrepreneurs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The technology could lead to less trauma for patients and shorter recovery times after surgery.

According to its creators, the handheld instrument provides the ...

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Terraformer wind tunnel takes hazards engineering research to a new level

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00

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 - 14:00

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 - 04:00

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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Last year's El Niño waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:31

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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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 17:12

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Cleaner water, cleaner future: Engineering new water tech

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:42

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 - 08:00

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 - 00:00

Multidisciplinary engineering team designs new solar-paneled walls that make greywater reusable and a source of thermal heat

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Roses are red. Violets are blue. What gives flowers those eye-catching hues?

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00

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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U.S. icebreaker to visit New Zealand

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:41

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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