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Let It Snow! The Science of Winter

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:04

Snow -- that icon of winter -- blankets the land with a beautiful silence. We all depend on snow. Our year-round water supply largely comes from snowmelt, and many spring flowers need the nutrients in snow to bloom. Species as small as fungi and as large as moose require snow.

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Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:44

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Document Number: PD 17-058Y

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NSF awards $3 million for plant and animal microbiome and phenomics research

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 06:00

Millions of microbes living on and in the human body collectively make up our microbiomes. These microbial ecosystems help keep us healthy. The same processes are at work in other animals, as well as in plants.

To better understand the role microbiomes play in human health and in ecosystems around the world, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences has awarded $3 million in Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). In addition to ...

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Brain prints reveal children's reading difficulties

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 00:00

New test uses brain's electrical activity to pinpoint reading challenges early, increasing chances for success in school

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NSF-funded self-driving car on display at Washington Auto Show public policy forum

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 13:46

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Còrdova will participate in MobilityTalks International, a public policy forum hosted by the Washington Auto Show on Jan. 24.

Còrdova, accompanied by an NSF-funded self-driving Cadillac SRX, will highlight the essential role federal, ...

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FY 2016 Agency Financial Report

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 20:28

Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to test cloud seeding for snow

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 06:00

Can cloud seeding -- dispersing particles into the air with the aim of increasing precipitation -- increase snowfall? This week, a team of researchers began a cloud-seeding project in southwestern Idaho to answer that question.

Cloud seeding is a process by which artificial ice nuclei, such as silver iodide particles, are released into clouds, either from the air or via ground-based generators.

The Idaho project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and dubbed ...

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White House honors 19 NSF-supported early-career researchers

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 12:57

President Obama has named 102 scientists and engineers, including 19 nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

PECASE is the U.S. government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers and who show the potential for exceptional leadership.

"To enhance our role as a global innovation leader, the United States needs scientists and ...

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Annual Portfolio Review FY 2014

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 17:00

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Document Number: nsb1462

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Investigating the impact of natural and manmade nanomaterials on living things

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:00

Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology develops tools to assess current and future risk

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Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 20:40

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Document Number: nsf17536

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Federal budget authority for research and development continues upward trend

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 13:18

Federal budget authority for research and development (R&D) rose in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the third straight year of current dollar increases, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

The FY 2016 budget authority total for R&D and R&D plant (facilities and fixed equipment) came to $149 billion in current dollars, up $10.5 billion from the previous year. ...

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