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National Science Foundation to present FY 2018 budget request

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova will present President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday May 23. The presentation will take place at NSF's headquarters, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Virginia.

Following Córdova's presentation, there will be a question and answer session with NSF leadership. The presentation will be recorded. It will be posted on NSF.gov on the following ...

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Video showcase returns, spotlighting 155 NSF-funded STEM education projects

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:57

This week, STEM for All Video Showcase returns for its third year of highlighting innovative federally funded research that improves education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

From May 15-22, the showcase, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides researchers the opportunity to feature their work in three-minute videos they created and posted to the ...

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New tool could help predict, prevent surging waters in flood plains

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:00

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education (ERE) programs at this link.

A group of international scientists studying China's Yellow River has created a new tool that could help officials better predict and prevent its all-too-frequent floods, which threaten as many as 80 million people.

The tool -- a formula to calculate sediment transport -- may also be ...

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US signs agreement on enhancing international Arctic scientific cooperation

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:31

On May 11, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement to promote Arctic scientific cooperation by breaking down barriers to scientific research and exploration.

The signing took place at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States are parties to the agreement.

The "Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation" is the ...

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7 ways to help your kids with math homework

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:51

Author Joan Ferrini-Mundy is acting chief operating officer at NSF. She previously served as assistant director for NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate.

If you've ever had to help your child with math homework, you really appreciate their teachers, who do it every day. "Math anxiety" isn't something only kids experience.

Maybe you haven't seen an algebra formula in years, and weren't that comfortable with them when you were a student. Maybe you're a ...

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Bacteria living in marine sponge produce toxic compounds found in man-made products

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:00

Researchers have discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds nearly identical to man-made fire retardants, a finding that could help scientists better understand the human health implications of these common additives.

The new findings, by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego, moved the research team a step closer to unraveling the ...

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After the Lecture: 'Skin sensor' researcher Zhenan Bao

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 03:34

Stanford University's Zhenan Bao takes on research challenges that she knows are many years away from reaching the general public: new and inexpensive solar cells, ultra-sensitive explosives detectors, sensors that can detect something as light as a fly landing on them, and flexible sensor "skin" that could one day be wrapped around prosthetic limbs. Bao, who was born in China but moved to the U.S. during college, has been supported by several National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. ...

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