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NSF awards $10 million for development, dissemination of genomic tools in diverse species

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program has made 11 new awards, totaling approximately $10 million, to develop genomic tools that will allow biologists to identify mechanisms that determine how genes affect an organism's physical and functional characteristics.

The EDGE program helps the research community overcome the impediments that restrict progress in the biology of ...
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NSF funds new projects to ‘connect dots’ (and data) to address longstanding, multi-scaled environmental problems

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $9 million in nine new projects to research biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use and invasive species at regional to continental scales. The awards are funded through NSF's MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) Science program.

"These projects leverage NSF investments in biological infrastructure to study how organisms and ecosystems respond to environmental ...
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NSF awards $60 million for next-generation supercomputer

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 09:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $60 million award to fund the largest and most powerful supercomputer the agency has ever supported to serve the nation's science and engineering (S&E) research community. The new high-performance computing (HPC) system, to be called Frontera, will be located at the University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) ...
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NSF invests in research to help disrupt operations of illicit supply networks

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:00

Networks that illegally traffic in everything from people and opioids to human organs and nuclear material pose threats to U.S. health, prosperity and security. Nine new awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will advance the scientific understanding of how such illicit supply networks function -- and how to dismantle them.

The new awards support research that combines engineering with computer, physical and social sciences to address a danger that poses significant ...
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Future impacts of El Niño, La Niña likely to intensify, increasing wildfire, drought risk

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:00

When an El Niño or its opposite, La Niña, forms in the future, it's likely to cause more intense impacts over many land regions -- amplifying changes to temperature, precipitation and wildfire risk.

These are the findings of a new study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy and published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

The researchers found, for example, that the ...
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In drought and heavy rains, ecosystems function like information communication networks

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:00

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories.

How is a telecommunications network like an ecosystem?

Tree canopies and the running streams below, or coral reefs and the ocean waters that flow around them, are interconnected components of a larger whole: an ecosystem. These ecosystem parts are in communication with one another, scientists have learned, via signals ...
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Federal R&D obligations increased 3 percent between fiscal years 2016 and 2017

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:00

Federal obligations for research and development (R&D) totaled an estimated $118.3 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, an increase of 2.8 percent from total federal R&D obligations in FY2016.

Total obligations for research declined 0.3 percent to $66.5 billion in FY2017. Data are from the most recent Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development, sponsored by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation (NSF). Data for ...
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Federal S&E obligations to academic institutions increased by 3.5 percent

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 11:57

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, federal agencies obligated $31.6 billion to institutions of higher education in support of science and engineering (S&E), an increase of $1.1 billion from FY2015.

The most up-to-date federal S&E obligation levels come from the FY2016 Survey of Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions (Federal S&E Support Survey), conducted by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) ...
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