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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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STEM + Computing K-12 Education

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 15:51

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Document Number: PD 18-005Y

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New source of global nitrogen discovered: Earth’s bedrock

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:00

For centuries, the thinking has been that all the nitrogen available for plant growth worldwide comes from the atmosphere. But a new study by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, shows that more than a quarter of that nitrogen is derived from the weathering of Earth's bedrock.

The results, published this week in the journal Science, demonstrate that up to 26 percent of the nitrogen in ecosystems is sourced from ...
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NSF announces 2018 winners for Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:00

A solar-powered, fast-charging, high-flying hero named Heliora! A sweet nanoparticle solution that defeats the sugar-blasting nemesis Glycosa! A peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding hero to battle an antibiotic resistant superbug!

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), recognized these new science-powered superheroes and more by naming them as the first- and second-place winners and honorable ...
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Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 18:16

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Document Number: PD 18-1998

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Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2016 close to all-time high

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:21

U.S. institutions awarded 54,904 research doctorate degrees in 2016, only five fewer than the previous year's record high, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), a federally sponsored annual census of research degree recipients.

SED provides data for Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities, a report published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science ...
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NSF announces Graduate Research Fellowships for 2018

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has announced the offer of 2,000 fellowship awards, following a national competition.

The program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Launched in 1952 shortly after Congress established NSF, GRFP represents the nation's oldest continuous investment in the ...
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FY 2019 Budget Summary Brochure

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:40

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Document Number: nsf18022

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NSF ‘supermagnet’ laboratory receives $184 million renewal

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed support for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) with $184 million over the next five years, a funding increase of more than 9 percent over the last funding period.

Guided by NSF's merit review process, the decision followed approval from the National Science Board in August 2017, and brings the agency's total MagLab investment to $867 million.

The NSF-supported National MagLab meets the needs of scientists by ...
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Experience hands-on science and meet NSF-supported researchers at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:30

Experience hands-on science and meet NSF-supported researchers at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Expo event open to media April 6 on 'Sneak Peek Friday'

Meet scientists from a Nobel Prize-winning astronomy project, view biology specimens and erupting volcanoes through virtual reality, build a pocket microscope, meet creative young science illustrators and much more at the National Science Foundation (NSF) pavilion at the ...
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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).