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  • The krill factor in ocean mixing
    on February 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Engineers investigating impact of krill swarms on ocean mixing, and possibly global climate Full story at is an NSF News item. […]

  • Antarctic research vessel to deliver ailing individual to British research station
    on February 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Acting on the advice of medical experts, National Science Foundation (NSF) officials have directed the NSF-chartered research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer to put ashore a person in need of a level of care not available aboard the ship. The Palmer, which is at sea in Antarctic waters, will divert to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Station. After arriving at Rothera, the patient will be flown to Punta Arenas, Chile. The Palmer is on a first, ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Upgraded LIGO to search for universe's most extreme events
    on February 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), building upon the agency's four-decade investment, which has totaled more than $1 billion to date. Funded through a cooperative agreement, Advanced LIGO Plus will increase the volume of deep space the observatory can survey by as much as seven times. This investment is part of a joint international effort in collaboration with UK ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Expert panel to discuss next generation gravitational wave detector
    on February 13, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Media invited to expert panel discussing next generation gravitational wave detector NSF and UKRI to host conversation on future directions for LIGO research Media are invited to attend an expert panel discussion on gravitational wave detectors and the future of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel on Feb. 14. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Statement on executive order to maintain American leadership in artificial intelligence
    on February 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order Feb. 11, titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." The order aims to promote sustained investment and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), enhance access to resources for AI research, and train a next-generation AI research workforce. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF selects Joanne Tornow to head its Biological Sciences directorate
    on February 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Joanne Tornow to serve as head of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). Tornow has served with NSF for nearly two decades, with a career that has ranged from program management to the highest levels of NSF leadership and strategic development. Her work at NSF has been marked by a focus on accountability, and on supporting cross-disciplinary, convergent research that draws on the strengths of scientists and engineers ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Research immerses HBCU undergrads in biomedical engineering
    on February 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering lab inspires STEM careers by focusing students on helping the elderly Full story at is an NSF News item. […]

  • West Antarctica ocean drilling expedition will reveal climate history in region with significant ice loss
    on February 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica could play a pivotal role in future sea level rise, but many questions remain unanswered, scientists say. Now, researchers taking part in an international ocean drilling expedition funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and international partners are on Antarctica's remote Amundsen Sea looking for clues through an analysis of the ice sheet's history. Led by researchers at the University of Houston and ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Media call: NSF post-shutdown Q&A
    on January 30, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Media are invited to join a 30-minute call to learn about how National Science Foundation (NSF) activities were affected by the funding lapse. The call will include updates on impacts, including rescheduling panels and extending deadline proposals. While NSF is still evaluating the full impact of the funding lapse, staff will speak to immediate actions already taken to ensure critical funding reaches members of the scientific and engineering research ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF announces awards for soft robotics research
    on December 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $20 million in 10 research awards to push forward the frontiers of engineering research in soft robotics. "Configurable, strong, mobile robots could safely explore environments too hostile for humans, such as disaster zones and the deep ocean," said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. "They could allow unprecedented extension of human perception and action to places we've only dreamed about, opening up vast ... More at This is an NSF News item. […]

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  • Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer's
    on February 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory chemical in a native California shrub may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer's disease based on a compound found in nature. […]

  • Peer support, healing hands may curb prescription opioid misuse
    on February 20, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids from spiraling down to drug misuse, overdose and death, according to a new study. […]

  • As genetic data expand, researchers urge caution in how predictors of education outcomes are used
    on February 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Authors of a new review article warn that as the predictive power of genes tied to learning and educational outcomes increases and access to genetic data expands, researchers, educators, and policymakers must be cautious in how they use such data, interpret related findings, and, in the not-too-distant future, apply genetics-informed student interventions. […]

  • Yea, team! Winning fans see self-esteem boost
    on February 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Fans of a college football team that wins a big game could experience a boost in self-esteem that lasts at least two days after the event, a new study suggests. […]

  • Did you get it? I can see it in your eyes
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Small involuntary eye movements, independent of any response, can be used to determine whether one has successfully learned. This finding opens new possibilities in understanding the process of learning in populations that are less responsive to external events, such young children, or individuals with certain mental or physical conditions. […]

  • Melanoma brain metastases are immunosuppressive with treatment-resistant metabolism
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Melanoma tumors that have spread to the brain are equipped to thwart immunotherapies and targeted therapies that succeed against tumors growing in other sites. Researchers report that the heavy reliance of these tumors on a specific metabolic pathway presents a potentially new therapeutic against these lethal tumors. […]

  • Young bone marrow rejuvenates aging mouse brains
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    A new study has found that transplanting the bone marrow of young laboratory mice into old mice prevented cognitive decline in the old mice, preserving their memory and learning abilities. The findings support an emerging model that attributes cognitive decline, in part, to aging of blood cells, which are produced in bone marrow. […]

  • Steep rise in self-poisonings in children and adolescents
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Self-harm from self-poisoning in children and adolescents is not only increasing but starting at a younger age, finds new research. The study found there were more than 33,500 self-poisonings in young people in Australia from 2006 - 2016, with a 98 per cent increase over this time. […]

  • Extinguishing fear memories relies on an unusual change to DNA
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Researchers have discovered a DNA modification that enhances our ability to extinguish fear. The findings could help guide the development of new treatments for fear-related anxiety disorders. Professor Timothy Bredy of UQ's Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) said while fear is an important survival mechanism which uses cues in the environment to prompt certain responses, so too is the ability to inhibit fear when it's no longer needed. […]

  • Drug 'librarian' discovers new compound that may thwart common surgery complication
    on February 20, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    In a strategic search, scientists created and screened a library of 45,000 new compounds containing chemical elements of widely used immune system suppressants, and say they found one that may prevent reperfusion injury, a tissue-damaging and common complication of surgery, heart attack and stroke. […]

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