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Massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet has history of instability

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:00

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet. It's also thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland shrink.

But new research, led by The University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Florida (USF) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), found that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet may not ...
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Six-decade-old space mystery solved with shoebox-sized satellite called a CubeSat

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:00

A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students. The satellite is called a CubeSat.

Imagine a fully instrumented satellite the size of a half-gallon milk carton. Then imagine that milk carton whirling in space, catching never-before-seen glimpses of atmospheric and geospace processes.

CubeSats, named for the roughly ...
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NSF announces James Ulvestad as Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that James S. Ulvestad will serve as the agency's first Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF), a position created in recognition of the critical role research infrastructure plays in science and engineering.

"For almost seven decades, NSF has helped build the research infrastructure that allows the United States to be a world leader in innovation. Investment at that scale requires high-level oversight and ...
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Re-entry to Active Research Program (RARE)

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:40

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Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2016

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:57

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Document Number: nsf18304

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