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NSF announces $10 million partnership with Intel Corporation to train and build a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce

Thu, 2022-09-08 12:59
Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced an endeavor with Intel Corporation to educate and train the nation's semiconductor manufacturing workforce and advance opportunities for equitable science, technology, engineering and mathematics…

Researchers develop dashboard to track invasive and vector mosquitoes

Thu, 2022-09-08 10:07
Mosquitoes cause more than one million deaths each year and rank among the deadliest animals on the planet, even though only a small number of the insect species transmit disease. Tracking and surveillance are crucial to mitigating the worldwide…

Engineers use modified 19th-century photography technique to make flexible films that change color

Thu, 2022-09-08 10:07
Engineers at MIT funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation have repurposed a photographic technique from the 1800s and detailed the outcome in a paper published in Nature Materials. The experiment resulted in films that change shades when…

Encrypted, one-touch, human-machine interface technology unveils user physiology

Wed, 2022-09-07 12:05
Researchers at UCLA and Stanford University have developed a secure, noninvasive, one-touch technology using hydrogel-coated chemical sensors and a signal-interpretation framework. It can present detailed information about an individual's blood…

"Beautiful swimmers" attack at low tide

Wed, 2022-09-07 12:01
David Johnson, an ecologist at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has spent more than 20 years mucking in salt marshes along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. But while doing research in a Virginia salt marsh at low tide last…

NSF, DOD partner to advance 5G technologies and communications for U.S. military, government and critical infrastructure operators

Wed, 2022-09-07 11:06
The U.S. National Science Foundation is accelerating 5G solutions to assist the U.S. government and critical infrastructure operators to communicate securely anywhere and anytime. Partnering with the Department of Defense Office of the Under…

Statistical tool finds 'gaps' in DNA datasets shouldn't be ignored

Tue, 2022-09-06 10:07
A simple statistical test shows that contrary to current practice, the "gaps" in DNA protein and sequence alignments commonly used in evolutionary biology can provide important information about nucleotide and amino acid substitutions over time. The…

Catching up with quicksilver: MXene material can counter mercury contamination

Tue, 2022-09-06 10:07
Researchers estimate that mercury emissions in the atmosphere have quadrupled since the start of the Industrial Revolution. The heavy metal, generated by burning fossil fuels and the disposal of industrial and medical waste, has become persistent in…

Understanding cooperation and conflict in plant symbionts

Wed, 2022-08-31 11:18
The traditional idea of symbiosis — long-term interactions between two organisms — is that the participants mutually benefit each other. However, researchers have debated whether the interests of the symbionts always line up with the hosts they…

Why does the inner solar system not spin faster?

Wed, 2022-08-31 11:17
The motion of a tiny number of charged particles may solve a long-standing mystery about thin gas disks rotating around young stars, according to a new study by Caltech researchers. These features, called accretion disks, last tens of millions of…

NSF funds new projects to study local and global impacts of a rapidly changing Arctic

Tue, 2022-08-30 17:40
The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a new round of grants under the Navigating the New Arctic, or NNA, program. The awards support research projects to study the Arctic's changing natural, built and social environments. The work will…

New model sheds light on day/night cycle in the global ocean

Tue, 2022-08-30 10:40
Phytoplankton are the foundation of all life on the planet. Understanding how these photosynthetic organisms react to their ocean environment is important to understanding the rest of the food web. But computer models of the global ocean…

Stars determine their own masses

Tue, 2022-08-30 10:38
Last year, a team of astrophysicists launched Star Formation in Gaseous Environments, or STARFORGE, a project that produces the most realistic, highest-resolution 3D simulations of star formation to date. Now, the scientists have used these…

Subsurface water on Mars defies expectations

Mon, 2022-08-29 10:55
A new analysis of seismic data from the InSight mission to Mars has revealed some surprises. The first: the top 300 meters of the subsurface beneath the InSight landing site near the Martian equator contains little to no ice. "We find that Mars'…

Even modest climate change may dramatically alter Earth's northernmost forests

Mon, 2022-08-29 10:52
Even relatively modest climate warming and associated precipitation shifts may dramatically alter Earth's northernmost forests. The woodlands constitute one of the planet's largest nearly intact forested ecosystems and are home to a big chunk of the…

Engineers build a self-aware, self-training robot that can avoid obstacles and assess damage

Thu, 2022-08-25 10:59
Engineers at Columbia University working on a project enabled by the National Artificial Intelligence Institute in Dynamic Systems and three separate grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation have built a robot that learns from itself instead…

Day or night — your brain is always listening

Thu, 2022-08-25 10:56
You're fast asleep. But your brain isn't taking the night off, according to new research funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Researchers studied activity in the human cerebral cortex in response to music and other sounds. They observed…

NSF announces new awards to understand coastal systems and tackle coastal hazards

Wed, 2022-08-24 12:00
U.S. coastlines are heavily populated areas with critical public resources, such as housing, transportation infrastructure, freshwater supplies, and electricity generation and distribution facilities. These coastlines are also increasingly vulnerable…

Researchers create an immersible glove with a secure grip

Wed, 2022-08-24 10:48
Researchers at Virginia Tech, working on a project made possible by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, have developed a glove they designed based on the adhesive abilities of the octopus. The result is a glove that can be used…

First light observations of chemically rich star HD 222925 captured

Wed, 2022-08-24 10:47
The U.S. National Science Foundation's NOIRLab-operated Gemini South Telescope used its latest upgrade — GHOST, the Gemini High-resolution Optical SpecTrograph — to capture observations of HD 222925, a star more than 1,400 light years away. The star…