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April Showers Bring... The Science of Spring

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:30

From flowers’ microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by NSF are studying the science of spring. NSF peers into what makes spring such a vibrant--and sometimes dangerous--season.

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Plant Biotic Interactions

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 19:38

Plant Biotic Interactions

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 19:38

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Two early career researchers honored with Alan T. Waterman Award

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today recognized Baratunde "Bara" A. Cola of the Georgia Institute of Technology and John V. Pardon of Princeton University with the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, the Alan T. Waterman Award. This marks only the second time in the award's 42-year history that NSF selected two recipients in the same year.

Bestowed annually, the Waterman Award recognizes outstanding researchers age 35 and under in NSF-supported ...

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U.S. companies performed 18% of R&D outside the United States in 2013

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:00

U.S. companies spent $73 billion on research and development (R&D) performed outside the United States in 2013, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

The total represented 18 percent of U.S. companies' total R&D performance. These same companies spent $323 billion on R&D performed within the United States in 2013.

Almost 50 ...

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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