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Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:00

Scientists have long wondered what the earliest dinosaur relatives looked like. Most assumed they would resemble miniature dinosaurs, about the size of chickens, and walk on two legs.

The discovery of Teleocrater rhadinus, however, has forced scientists to reassess their ideas. Based on a fossil unearthed in southern Tanzania, these early relatives were carnivorous animals that measured approximately 7-10 feet long, with long necks and tails. Rather than walking on two legs, ...

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Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 15:15

Microbes in streams flowing on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material and be part of an as yet undiscovered "dynamic local carbon cycle," according to a new paper published by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The cycle, they argue, could become a significant global source of carbon as temperatures rise worldwide and microbial activity increases.

An international ...

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Finalists for 2017 Community College Innovation Challenge announced

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:55

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), named 10 finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

CCIC fosters development of crucial science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) innovation skills in students at community colleges by challenging them to propose innovative, STEM-based solutions to complex, real-world problems.

"For the third year in a row, ...

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Federal research funding up in FY 2015

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:00

Federal funding for research and development (R&D) and R&D plant (facilities and fixed equipment) totaled $131.4 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, a 1 percent decrease from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

NCSES reported that within the R&D total, research obligations -- a category of transactions including orders placed, ...

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Large Facilities Manual (March 2017)

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:35

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Division of Materials Research (DMR) Newsletter - Winter 2017

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:35

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Engineering highly adaptable robots requires new tools for new rules

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 00:00

NSF-funded research aiming to making it easier for humans to work directly with a robotic partner in applications such as physical therapy

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GeoPRISMS Program

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:28

GeoPRISMS Program

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:28

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Statement from NSF director on Event Horizon Telescope

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:46

Today, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) begins a 10-day attempt to capture the image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The EHT derives its extreme magnifying power by connecting widely spaced radio dishes across the globe into an Earth-sized, virtual telescope. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been a longtime supporter of the effort, which received a considerable boost when Chile's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) came ...

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Biological and Environmental Interactions of Nanoscale Materials

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:12

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156 early career engineering researchers to journey to frontiers of their fields, chart new paths

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00

Today, 156 early career engineering faculty begin a five-year journey that will take them to the frontiers of fundamental engineering research.

Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Engineering Directorate, each researcher will set out with at least a $500,000 award and a plan to make advances in engineering. Their work will cover fields ranging from smart materials and advanced robotics to secure communications.

"Resilient infrastructure, abundant ...

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Federally funded R&D center funding rebounded in FY 2015

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:50

The nation's 42 federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) reported spending $18.5 billion on research and development (R&D) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, their first rebound after several years of declining or flat expenditures, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

The FFRDCs are privately operated R&D organizations that are exclusively or ...

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