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  • NSF Apps
    on December 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Whether you're a teacher, student or just fascinated by science, the NSF Science Zone app will ignite your imagination. If you want the latest news, interviews and discussions about science, technology, engineering, and math, the Science360 Radio app is for you. Learn more about NSF's apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Two contract employees die in Antarctica
    on December 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Two fire technicians at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica have been pronounced dead following an incident at a generator building that powers a radio transmitter near the station. The incident, which still is under investigation, occurred on Dec. 12 local time (McMurdo Station keeps New Zealand time). NSF is not releasing any personal information about the deceased at this time. Their next of kin have been notified. The workers were ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2017 declined slightly
    on December 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    U.S. institutions awarded 54,664 research doctorate degrees in 2017, a slight decline from the number awarded in 2016, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients that provides data for the Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities report. The report, published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation, ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • After the hurricane: Maria’s far-reaching effects on Puerto Rico’s watersheds and forests
    on December 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories Sites. Find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Sites. With fierce winds and flooding rains, hurricanes can be disasters for people -- and for ecosystems. These devastating storms have major effects on tropical forests, ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Live from the ocean research vessel Atlantis
    on December 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Scientists and engineers on a deep-sea expedition aboard the research vessel Atlantis in the East Pacific Ocean will be broadcasting live to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting exhibit booth from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the expedition's scientists and engineers will talk about their research, including their use of submersibles, and answer questions from the ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Expeditions in Computing: 10 years transforming science and society
    on December 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) program is recognizing a decade of investments in ambitious computing research. That research has included big data, computational neuroscience, quantum computing, computer vision and robotics. During the two-day principal investigator meeting, media are invited to join a morning session (only) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting
    on December 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    In his 1864 science fiction novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne wrote: "Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean ... a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?" Fast-forward more than 150 years to the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, where scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF, NASA announce commitments to support White House strategic plan on STEM education
    on December 4, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of NSF INCLUDES National Network, a program dedicated to making a lasting impact on diversifying the STEM workforce of the future. Partners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). These partnerships are announced as the White ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Higher education research and development expenditures increased 4.7 percent from FY2016 to FY2017
    on December 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Funding of higher education research and development (R&D) in the United States reached $75.3 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, an increase of 4.7 percent from FY2016. Federal funding of R&D increased in both current and constant dollars, the first such consecutive increase since the peak of expenditures from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 between FY2009 and FY2011. These data are from the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, conducted ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF-supported scientists present new research results on Earth's critical zone at 2018 AGU fall meeting
    on November 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories. The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is called the critical zone. It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil and life flourishes. To develop a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine Critical Zone ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

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  • Peering into Little Foot's 3.67-million-year-old brain
    on December 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees. […]

  • Two-step control mechanism identified in mouse stem cells
    on December 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells. This fundamental research using mice may inform regenerative medicine treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries, in the future. […]

  • Discovery of novel mechanisms that cause migraines
    on December 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated a new mechanism related to the onset of migraine. In fact, they found how a mutation, causes dysfunction in a protein which inhibits neuronal electrical activity, induces migraines. These results open a new path for the development of anti-migraine medicines. […]

  • Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses
    on December 17, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    A new electronic device can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons. […]

  • Children of problem drinkers more likely to marry someone with a drinking problem
    on December 17, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Children of parents who have alcohol use disorder are more likely to get married under the age of 25, less likely to get married later in life, and more likely to marry a person who has alcohol use disorder themselves, according to a new study. […]

  • CBD in marijuana may worsen glaucoma, raise eye pressure
    on December 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    A study has found that CBD -- a major chemical component in marijuana -- appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice, suggesting the use of the substance in the treatment of glaucoma may actually worsen the condition. […]

  • How a personality trait puts you at risk for cybercrime
    on December 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Impulse online shopping, downloading music and compulsive email use are all signs of a certain personality trait that make you a target for malware attacks. New research examines the behaviors -- both obvious and subtle -- that lead someone to fall victim to cybercrime involving Trojans, viruses, and malware. […]

  • Depression, anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking and obesity
    on December 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? […]

  • Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage
    on December 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period, they are at increased risk of developing persistent opioid use. […]

  • Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain processing
    on December 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Researchers found that gently stroking a baby seems to reduce activity in the infant brain associated with painful experiences. Their results suggest that lightly brushing an infant at a certain speed -- of approximately 3 centimeters per second -- could provide effective pain relief before clinically necessary medical procedures. […]

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