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How does the brain learn categorization for sounds? The same way it does for images

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:05

Categorization, or the recognition that individual objects share similarities and can be grouped together, is fundamental to how we make sense of the world. Previous research has revealed how the brain categorizes images. Now, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) have discovered that the brain categorizes sounds in much the same way.

The results are published today in the journal Neuron.

"Categorization involves applying a single label to a ...
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Developmental psychologist receives 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has bestowed the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, on University of Washington (UW) social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson.

The Waterman Award Committee, an external panel of distinguished scientists and engineers chaired by Gary May, Chancellor of the University of California, Davis, and which includes the leadership of the National Academies of Science and ...
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Mississippi River diversions will produce new land, but more slowly than shoreline is lost

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:00

The best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta may be river diversions that bring sediment to shrinking coastlines. However, a new study concludes that the rate of land-building will likely be dwarfed by the rate of wetland loss.

"Scientists studied how fast the Mississippi River Delta grew each year before people inhabited the area and began changing the environment," said Justin Lawrence, a program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Earth ...
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2018 Community College Innovation Challenge finalists announced

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has named 10 finalists for the fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

CCIC seeks to strengthen entrepreneurial thinking among community college students by challenging them to use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. Each student team works with a faculty mentor and industry ...
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Powering advances in wireless connectivity for the future

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:21

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an important milestone in its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) effort. In collaboration with an industry consortium of 28 networking companies and associations, NSF is supporting the development and deployment of the first two PAWR research platforms, based in Salt Lake City and New York City. These ...
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Soft "vine robots" grow into solutions

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 00:00

Engineers design vine-like, inflatable, plastic bots that can change shape to solve problems
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