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Antarctic research vessel to deliver ailing individual to British research station

Fri, 2019-02-15 17:20

Acting on the advice of medical experts, National Science Foundation (NSF) officials have directed the NSF-chartered research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer to put ashore a person in need of a level of care not available aboard the ship. The Palmer, which is at sea in Antarctic waters, will divert to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Station.

After arriving at Rothera, the patient will be flown to Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Palmer is on a first, ...
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Upgraded LIGO to search for universe's most extreme events

Thu, 2019-02-14 19:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), building upon the agency's four-decade investment, which has totaled more than $1 billion to date. Funded through a cooperative agreement, Advanced LIGO Plus will increase the volume of deep space the observatory can survey by as much as seven times. This investment is part of a joint international effort in collaboration with UK ...
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Expert panel to discuss next generation gravitational wave detector

Tue, 2019-02-12 17:30

Media invited to expert panel discussing next generation gravitational wave detector

NSF and UKRI to host conversation on future directions for LIGO research

Media are invited to attend an expert panel discussion on gravitational wave detectors and the future of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel on Feb. 14. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) ...
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Statement on executive order to maintain American leadership in artificial intelligence

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:07

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order Feb. 11, titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." The order aims to promote sustained investment and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), enhance access to resources for AI research, and train a next-generation AI research workforce. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director ...
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NSF selects Joanne Tornow to head its Biological Sciences directorate

Mon, 2019-02-11 09:30

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Joanne Tornow to serve as head of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO).

Tornow has served with NSF for nearly two decades, with a career that has ranged from program management to the highest levels of NSF leadership and strategic development. Her work at NSF has been marked by a focus on accountability, and on supporting cross-disciplinary, convergent research that draws on the strengths of scientists and engineers ...
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Research immerses HBCU undergrads in biomedical engineering

Mon, 2019-02-11 00:00

Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering lab inspires STEM careers by focusing students on helping the elderly
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Ocean expedition to West Antarctic Ice Sheet seeks to reveal climate history in region with greatest sea ice loss

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:34

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica could play a pivotal role in future sea level rise, but many questions remain unanswered, scientists say.

Now, researchers taking part in an international ocean drilling expedition funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and international partners are on Antarctica's remote Amundsen Sea looking for clues through an analysis of the ice sheet's history.

Led by researchers at the University of Houston and ...
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Media call: NSF post-shutdown Q&A

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:48

Media are invited to join a 30-minute call to learn about how National Science Foundation (NSF) activities were affected by the funding lapse.

The call will include updates on impacts, including rescheduling panels and extending deadline proposals. While NSF is still evaluating the full impact of the funding lapse, staff will speak to immediate actions already taken to ensure critical funding reaches members of the scientific and engineering research ...
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NSF announces awards for soft robotics research

Thu, 2018-12-20 10:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $20 million in 10 research awards to push forward the frontiers of engineering research in soft robotics.

"Configurable, strong, mobile robots could safely explore environments too hostile for humans, such as disaster zones and the deep ocean," said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. "They could allow unprecedented extension of human perception and action to places we've only dreamed about, opening up vast ...
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NSF Apps

Mon, 2018-12-17 16:05

Whether you're a teacher, student or just fascinated by science, the NSF Science Zone app will ignite your imagination. If you want the latest news, interviews and discussions about science, technology, engineering, and math, the Science360 Radio app is for you. Learn more about NSF's apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
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Two contract employees die in Antarctica

Wed, 2018-12-12 11:33

Two fire technicians at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica have been pronounced dead following an incident at a generator building that powers a radio transmitter near the station.

The incident, which still is under investigation, occurred on Dec. 12 local time (McMurdo Station keeps New Zealand time).

NSF is not releasing any personal information about the deceased at this time. Their next of kin have been notified.

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Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2017 declined slightly

Tue, 2018-12-11 14:00

U.S. institutions awarded 54,664 research doctorate degrees in 2017, a slight decline from the number awarded in 2016, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients that provides data for the Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities report.

The report, published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation, ...
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After the hurricane: Maria’s far-reaching effects on Puerto Rico’s watersheds and forests

Mon, 2018-12-10 11:00

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories Sites. Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Sites.

With fierce winds and flooding rains, hurricanes can be disasters for people -- and for ecosystems. These devastating storms have major effects on tropical forests, ...
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Expeditions in Computing: 10 years transforming science and society

Thu, 2018-12-06 13:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program is recognizing a decade of investments in ambitious computing research. That research has included big data, computational neuroscience, quantum computing, computer vision and robotics. During the two-day principal investigator meeting, media are invited to join a morning session (only) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 ...
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Live from the ocean research vessel Atlantis

Thu, 2018-12-06 06:00

Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting live to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting exhibit booth from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the expedition's scientists and engineers will talk about their research, including their use of submersibles, and answer questions from the ...
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NSF, NASA announce commitments to support White House strategic plan on STEM education

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:10

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

These partnerships are announced as the White ...
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Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:41

In his 1864 science fiction novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne wrote: "Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean ... a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?"

Fast-forward more than 150 years to the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, where scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations ...
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Higher education research and development expenditures increased 4.7 percent from FY2016 to FY2017

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:00

Funding of higher education research and development (R&D) in the United States reached $75.3 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, an increase of 4.7 percent from FY2016.

Federal funding of R&D increased in both current and constant dollars, the first such consecutive increase since the peak of expenditures from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 between FY2009 and FY2011. These data are from the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, conducted ...
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NSF-supported scientists present new research results on Earth's critical zone at 2018 AGU fall meeting

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:51

Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories.

The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is called the critical zone. It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil and life flourishes.

To develop a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine Critical Zone ...
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