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Researchers make improbable discovery of deep-sea coral reefs in "hostile" Pacific Ocean depths

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 05:00

Scientists had long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to certain species of deep-sea corals, but a marine biologist's discovery of an odd chain of reefs suggests there are mysteries about the development and durability of coral colonies yet to be uncovered.

Scientist Amy Baco-Taylor of Florida State University (FSU), in collaboration with researchers from Texas A&M University, found the reefs during an autonomous underwater ...
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Increased sample size in 2015 Survey of Doctorate Recipients enables first time reporting on fine fields of study

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:37

The National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has more than doubled the sample size of its 2015 Survey of Doctorate Recipients in order to examine employment characteristics for specific fields of degree for the first time.

The 2015 survey reports employment data for eight broad degree fields, as well as more than 200 "fine" fields of degree within those broad ...
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Marine Geology and Geophysics

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 15:29

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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/NASA/NCAR press conference: What will scientists learn from the August 21 total solar eclipse?

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:00

The total solar eclipse next month is the first to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century, giving scientists a unique opportunity to observe the sun's corona with an array of technologies and methodologies.

Findings from these eclipse experiments will advance our knowledge of the sun's complex and mysterious magnetic field as well as its effect on Earth's atmosphere.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported National Center for Atmospheric Research ...
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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:28

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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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