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New study finds world’s largest desert, the Sahara, has grown by 10 percent since 1920

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:00

The Sahara Desert has expanded by about 10 percent since 1920, according to a new study by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD).

The research is the first to assess century-scale changes to the boundaries of the world's largest desert. It suggests that other deserts could be expanding as well. The study is published today in the Journal of Climate.

"The trends in Africa of hot summers getting hotter and rainy seasons ...
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NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals from media professionals to visit research sites in Greenland and Alaska to report on science supported by NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP).


Data-driven optimization to improve mobile healthcare in disadvantaged communities

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:00

Advancing spatial science and predictive analytics to help mobile clinics reach those who need them most
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Smart cities and communities conference features NSF-funded researchers working with local community partners

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:52

On March 27 and 28, research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the smart cities and communities of the future will be on display at the sixth annual US Ignite Application Summit. NSF sponsors and funds the event which, for the third year in a row, is co-located with the Smart Cities Connect ...
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Generation Nano Challenge

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:15

NSF and NNI aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of nanotechnology and STEM careers in middle and high school students by inviting them to design an original superhero with nanotechnology-enabled gear.
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National Science Board Statement on Global Research and Development (R&D) Leadership

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:26

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PDF: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsb20189/nsb20189.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

Document Number: nsb20189

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Soot transported from elsewhere in world contributes little to melting of some Antarctic glaciers

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 09:00

Airborne soot produced by wildfires and fossil-fuel combustion and transported to the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica contains levels of black carbon too low to contribute significantly to the melting of local glaciers, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Strong winds in the Dry Valleys, however, can temporarily cause large spikes in the amount of locally produced black carbon, which is distributed through the ...
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Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:32

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Document Number: nsf18054
Public Comment: This Dear Colleague Letter references NSF 18-055, Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

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