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What is a pond? Study provides first data-driven definition

Tue, 2022-08-09 10:14
What, exactly, distinguishes a pond from a lake or a wetland? A U.S. National Science Foundation-supported study co-led by Cornell University offers the first data-driven, functional definition of a pond and evidence of ponds' distinct ecological…

NSF and Amazon continue collaboration that strengthens and supports fairness in artificial intelligence and machine learning

Mon, 2022-08-08 11:02
Artificial intelligence and machine learning evolve fast. It is crucial that artificial intelligence and machine learning systems be accountable, fair, inclusive and transparent. The U.S. National Science Foundation has been a leader in providing…

Moths enlist additional troops in an evolutionary arms race

Mon, 2022-08-08 09:59
While a clear night sky might seem quiet and peaceful to us, empty of everything but stars, this nocturnal world is filled with a high-pitched cacophony of sound just beyond our ability to hear. Bats pierce the shadows with ultrasonic pulses that…

Researchers develop computer model to predict whether a pesticide will harm bees

Mon, 2022-08-08 09:58
Researchers at Oregon State University have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to help protect bees from pesticides. Cory Simon and Xiaoli Fern led the project, which involved training a machine learning model to predict whether proposed…

Facilitating US-India bilateral research collaborations

Fri, 2022-08-05 11:00
In February 2022, the U.S. National Science Foundation issued a Dear Colleague Letter encouraging joint U.S.-India research projects involving principal investigators from both nations for collaborative research that can accelerate the development of…

New dissolving implantable device relieves pain without medication

Thu, 2022-08-04 10:21
A team of scientists and engineers at Northwestern University supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation has developed an implantable pain relieving device -- a promising alternative to opioids and other addictive analgesics. The device could…

To keep up with evolving prey, rattlesnakes tap genetically diverse venom toolbox

Thu, 2022-08-04 10:20
In the evolutionary "arms race" between rattlesnakes and their prey, rodents, birds and other reptiles develop resistance to the snakes' deadly venom to survive. But U.S. National Science Foundation-supported research led by the University of…

Four New NSF INCLUDES Alliances Announced

Thu, 2022-08-04 10:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation will establish four new NSF INCLUDES Alliances to enhance preparation, increase participation and ensure the inclusion of individuals from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering…

NSF selects James L. Moore III to head the Education and Human Resources Directorate

Wed, 2022-08-03 13:56
The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected James L. Moore III to head the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, or EHR, which supports research that enhances learning and teaching, and broad efforts to achieve excellence in STEM…

Scientists use new technique to identify changes in lakes and reservoirs around the world

Wed, 2022-08-03 10:49
A team of researchers led by University of Minnesota, Twin Cities data scientists and supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation has published a first-of-its-kind global dataset of lakes and reservoirs. It shows how these waterbodies have…

First known off-axis, high-temperature deep sea hydrothermal vents along portion of the northern East Pacific Rise

Wed, 2022-08-03 10:46
Finding a new, high-temperature, off-axis hydrothermal vent field on the floor of the Pacific Ocean at 2,550 meters (8,366 feet) down could change scientists' understanding of the impact such seafloor vent systems have on ocean life and chemistry. U…

Could a computer diagnose Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Tue, 2022-08-02 09:58
It takes a lot of time — and money — to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. After running lengthy in-person neuropsychological exams, clinicians must transcribe, review and analyze every response in detail. Now, U.S. National Science Foundation-supported…

Fire corals winning the battle for domination of Caribbean reefs

Tue, 2022-08-02 09:58
Every year for the past three decades, California State University, Northridge marine biologist Peter Edmunds has traveled to the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands to document the life history of fire corals. "This is more than…

NSF announces awards to advance cybersecurity efforts

Mon, 2022-08-01 11:01
Cybersecurity is critical to safeguarding infrastructure, keeping supply chains moving, and ensuring privacy in cloud computing and health care. Adapting to ever changing threats requires cutting-edge research and transformative solutions. The U.S…

Coastal glacier retreat linked to climate change

Mon, 2022-08-01 10:25
More of the world's coastal glaciers are melting faster than ever, but exactly what's triggering the large-scale retreat has been difficult to pin down because of natural fluctuations in the glaciers' surroundings. Now, researchers at The University…

Does this ring a bell? Wild bats can remember sounds for years

Mon, 2022-08-01 10:24
There are certain skills that once acquired, such as riding a bike or looking both ways before crossing a street, rarely have to be relearned. Most studies on learning and long-term memory in the wild focus on a handful of animal species. Now, in a…

New NSF awards will advance theoretical foundations of data science research through interdisciplinary collaborations

Fri, 2022-07-29 09:03
Data science is an expanding field that requires the expertise of computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and statisticians to handle the complex analysis of ever-larger data sets. Data affect how industry, academia and government operate…

Statement by Director Sethuraman Panchanathan on the passage of the 'CHIPS and Science Act'

Thu, 2022-07-28 15:28
Our nation’s economic and national security depends on our ability not only to harness the technologies of today, but to lay the foundation for the industries of the future. We also need to inspire and train the next generation STEM workforce and…

Risk of death surges when extreme heat and air pollution coincide

Thu, 2022-07-28 10:06
Heat waves and air pollution are harmful, even deadly, and both are predicted to increase in frequency due to climate change. A team of researchers at the University of Southern California is helping shed light on those health risks by assessing six…

Scientists identify mechanism responsible for fruit and seed development in flowering plants

Thu, 2022-07-28 10:05
With rising global temperatures and dwindling pollinator populations, food production has become increasingly difficult for the world's growers. A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland addresses this issue, providing insight into…