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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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Human Water Cycle

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:32

The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, release an original video series exploring the connection between water, food and energy.

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New NSF-funded videos highlight 'Human Water Cycle'

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:00

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, released an original video series that explores the connection between water, food and energy.

The four-part "Human Water Cycle" series spotlights science and engineering research aimed at helping people use water more efficiently. Narrated by Anne Thompson of NBC News, the series ...

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Hands-on learning research that benefits the economy, environment

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 00:00

NSF-funded research expands on the Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor, giving urban middle school students a hand in restoring oyster habitats

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Scientists present El Niño, other long-term ecological research results at annual aquatic sciences meeting

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 15:49

The ecological effects of the strong 2015-2016 El Niño. Carbon burial in aquatic ecosystems. The presence of pharmaceuticals in streams.

These are just a few of the topics scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will discuss at the upcoming Association for the Sciences of ...

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