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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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PDF: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17066/nsf17066.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

Document Number: nsf17066

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Division of Materials Research (DMR) Newsletter - Winter 2017

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 13:35

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PDF: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17068/nsf17068.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

Document Number: nsf17068

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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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Document Number: nsf17549

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