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Condensed Matter and Materials Theory

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:38

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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:52

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution." The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Frank through several awards over the course of three decades. NSF also provided ...
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NSF-funded LIGO pioneers named 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:52

Three scientists who led the development of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work detecting gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time created by the motion of massive objects in the universe.

The discovery was made using the sensitive instruments of LIGO, in which NSF invested $1.1 billion. ...
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Statement on the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:50

The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University in New York for "their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm." The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided support to the research of these three researchers, including grants from the Office of International Science and Engineering for Hall and Robash and ...
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Statement from NSF Director France A. Córdova on G7 Science Ministerial

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:00

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova attended the 2017 G7 Science Ministerial.

I'd like to thank Minister Fedeli and the government of Italy for their warm welcome and exceptional work hosting the G7 Science Ministerial here in Turin. It has been my pleasure to represent the U.S. science and engineering research community in this international venue.

The United States recognizes that science and technology are critical to achieving our ...
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Statement on impact of Hurricane Maria on Arecibo Observatory

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 16:38

With winds of 155 miles per hour, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico Sept. 20. The eye of the storm passed over Arecibo Observatory, which is operated and managed for the National Science Foundation (NSF) by SRI International, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and Universidad Metropolitana (UMET).

While Arecibo Observatory suffered some damage, initial indications are that the damage was less severe than might have been expected from a storm ...
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LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 12:30

In August, detectors on two continents recorded gravitational wave signals from a pair of black holes colliding. This discovery, announced today, is the first observation of gravitational waves by three different detectors, marking a new era of greater insights and improved localization of cosmic events now available through globally networked gravitational-wave observatories.

The collision was observed Aug. 14 at 10:30:43 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) using the two National ...
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