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Community College Innovation Challenge

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:01

Many real world problems can be solved with STEM-based solutions. NSF invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in this national contest.

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What's good for crops not always good for the environment

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 09:00

What's good for crops is not always good for the environment. Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies.

Now, scientists have developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.

Researchers Praveen Kumar and Dong Kook Woo of the University of Illinois published their results today in the ...

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Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow pace

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 09:57

Although most of the terrestrial world is covered in trees, few vertebrates make the canopy their home -- and even fewer subsist solely on a diet of leaves.

Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. They are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees munching leaves. But the slow-motion lifestyle of tree sloths, according to a new study, is a direct result of the animals' adaptation to their ...

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Tech uses sound waves to find clogged sewer pipes

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 00:00

With more than 800,000 miles of sewer pipes in the United States, wastewater utilities tasked with keeping those pipes clear have their work cut out for them. Now, a small business has developed a quick, cost-effective technology to help keep sewer pipes clog-free.

InfoSense Inc., which received early funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small ...

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GOES-3 satellite decommissioned after linking Antarctica to the world for more than 20 years

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 17:03

The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was among the oldest, continuously operating satellites in the skies.

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-3, was designed and built as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite. After completing its NOAA mission, it ...

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Sacramento Peak Observatory review process

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:21

On July 5, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced in the Federal Register the beginning of an environmental impact statement (EIS) process to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with proposed changes to operations at Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico.

The announcement also provided information regarding the start of a 30-day public comment period during which the public is invited to provide comments on the preliminary proposed alternatives ...

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NSF leads federal effort to boost advanced wireless research

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:13

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to support fundamental wireless research and to develop platforms for advanced wireless research in support of the White House's Advanced Wireless Research Initiative. These investments will support the research community in experimenting with and testing novel technologies, applications and services capable of making wireless communication faster, smarter, more ...

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Learn about the future of wireless and the role of federal research investments

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 16:51

In the last decade, wireless usage has expanded dramatically, with nearly 350 million smartphones, connected tablets and wearable devices in use across the U.S. -- more than double the number from a decade ago -- carrying more than 100,000 times the traffic they supported as recently as in 2008.

Going forward, experts expect significantly more connected devices, with as many as 200 billion connected devices globally by 2020. As this internet of things emerges, the importance of ...

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