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  • Nanoscience
    on August 20, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Nanoscience is the ability to manipulate atoms and molecules. This fast-moving field is transforming our ability to custom-design objects and processes at sizes smaller than 1/1000th the width of a hair. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Biology
    on August 20, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    A bat, a mushroom, a blade of grass--they're easy to identify as "life." But what about a cold virus or mold? Biologists are life's detectives, discovering what “alive” really means. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Symposium in Honor of Dr. Vera Rubin
    on August 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm

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  • Chemistry & Materials
    on August 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Most of what you touch, taste, hear or smell every day in the modern world is the direct or indirect result of research in chemistry or materials science – an effort that never ends. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF awards $250 million to early career researchers
    on August 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The National Science Foundation has invested more than $250 million in nearly 700 recipients of the Fiscal Year 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards, one of NSF's most prestigious honors. Over the next five years, each teacher-scholar will use at least $400,000 in award funds to carry out their proposed plans to advance their field and educate the next generation of researchers. Their research is representative of all areas of ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Help NSF get to South by Southwest
    on August 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    The National Science Foundation needs your help. We have proposed several fascinating panels comprising an all-star cast of NSF-funded scientists, filmmakers, inventors, small business founders and partners for the 2020 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Now we need your support— and your vote —to get our panels picked. To ensure we're able to spotlight cutting-edge research, innovation and the men and women who make it happen, please vote for the ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Mathematics
    on August 5, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Mathematics is the natural language of science and engineering. It is about numbers, shapes, symmetry, chance, change and much more. Mathematics is deeply interwoven into all of modern life. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • New NSF awards target breakthrough technologies to enhance food security
    on July 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Imagine crops that required less water because a "wearable sensor" could "grow" along with a plant and provide more accurate and continuous readings of its hydration. Such a sensor would allow scientists to address fundamental questions about how water is used in a plant and could lead to the development of plants that are more water efficient. Or what about learning what makes some plants grow well even under environmental stress? Understanding how such high priority traits are inherited ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Physics
    on July 19, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Physics is the science of matter, energy, space and time. It looks both inward and outward, from the smallest subatomic particle to the vastness of the universe--and yet it is also intensely practical. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Thinking Big
    on July 13, 2019 at 2:04 am

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  • Carriers of Alzheimer's genetic marker have greater difficulty harnessing past knowledge
    on August 22, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Adults carrying a gene associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease had a harder time accessing recently acquired knowledge, even though they didn't show any symptoms of memory problems, according to a new study. […]

  • Yet another way dogs help the military: aeromedical patient evacuations
    on August 22, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Animal-assisted therapy has many benefits in health care. Yet, its biological and psychosocial effects in the military are unknown, especially for injured, airlifted patients. Researchers teamed up with a non-profit animal organization that trains therapy dogs to see if an animal-assisted intervention could reduce stress in this setting. Results showed that levels of the stress biomarkers cortisol, alpha-amylase, and immunoglobulin A, significantly decreased after a 20-minute intervention with the dogs, regardless of post-traumatic stress symptom severity. […]

  • Smartphone app makes parents more attuned to their babies' needs, research shows
    on August 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    A new app has been designed to help new parents become more 'tuned in' to what their babies are thinking and feeling. […]

  • Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch
    on August 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument, as well as for detecting the touch of, say, biting insects. Researchers have discovered how neurons in the spinal cord help transmit such itch signals to the brain. The findings could help contribute to a better understanding of itch and could lead to new drugs to treat chronic itch, which occurs in such conditions as eczema, diabetes and even some cancers. […]

  • Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain
    on August 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation, and may eventually lead to the development of new kinds of non-opioid pain relievers. […]

  • Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery
    on August 22, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk. New research could help clinicians mitigate that risk by identifying which patients are more likely to continue to use opioids after their immediate recovery period. […]

  • Memory research: Fruit flies learn their body size once for an entire lifetime
    on August 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Drosophila melanogaster develops stable long-term memory for its body size and reach through motion parallax while walking. […]

  • Brain finds order amidst chaos
    on August 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    How does the brain find order amidst a sea of noise and chaos? Researchers have found the answer by using advanced simulation techniques to investigate the way neurons talk to each other. They found that by working as a team, cortical neurons can respond even to weak input against the backdrop of noise and chaos, allowing the brain to find order. […]

  • High-intensity step training boosts stroke survivors' walking skills
    on August 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    High-intensity step training that mimics real world conditions may better improve walking ability in stroke survivors compared to traditional, low-impact training. […]

  • Protein-transport discovery may help define new strategies for treating eye disease
    on August 21, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Many forms of vision loss stem from a common source: impaired communication between the eye and the brain. And at the root of that communication are hundreds of proteins generated by the retina's nerve cells. A new study examines these proteins in unprecedented detail, providing surprising new insights into how visual signals are distributed to different regions of the brain. […]

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