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2017-2018 NSF Distinguished Lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) invites media and members of the public to a series of lectures intended to promote discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years.

MPS' mission is to harness the collective efforts of the mathematical and physical sciences communities to address compelling questions and push the boundaries of scientific frontiers. All of the 2017-2018 MPS ...
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Antarctic detector offers first look at how Earth stops high-energy neutrinos in their tracks

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:00

An interdisciplinary team of researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica has measured how certain high-energy neutrinos are absorbed by the Earth, as opposed to passing through matter as most neutrinos do. The finding could help expand scientists' understanding of the fundamental forces of the universe.

Funded and managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the IceCube Neutrino Observatory conducts research into these nearly massless ...
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Futures of the Scientific Imagination

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:05

Fantastical thinking, grounded in real, NSF-funded science and engineering research, helps shape tomorrow's technologies. Imagination, science and technology together will inevitably change our lives.
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NSF-funded scientists to present on long-term ecological research findings at AGU fall meeting

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:00

Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this fall. Wildfires that raged across California and British Columbia this summer. Unseasonable cold snaps in South Florida in past winters. How do such events shape and re-shape ecosystems?

And how do events from past decades affect the ways in which ...
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Predicting Seasonal Weather

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:46

Large-scale weather patterns play a large role in controlling seasonal weather. Knowing the conditions of these atmospheric oscillations in advance would greatly improve long-range weather predictions.
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Arecibo: Statement on NSF Record of Decision

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:48

On Nov. 15, 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed its Record of Decision for the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This important step concludes the agency's decision-making process with respect to the general path forward for facility operations in a budget-constrained environment and provides the basis for a future decision regarding a new collaborator.

NSF issued its Record of ...
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NSF-supported scientists present research results on Earth's critical zone at 2017 AGU fall meeting

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:00

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories at this link.

The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is known as the "critical zone." It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil and life flourishes.

To provide a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine ...
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FY 2017 Agency Financial Report

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:02

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