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Rubin Observatory's newly coated mirror will reflect the ever-changing universe with unparalleled completeness

NSF News - Fri, 2024-05-03 10:44
The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a research facility under construction in Chile and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, achieved a major milestone on April 27, 2024, with the successful…

NSF and industry partners announce sustainable polymer research funding opportunity

NSF News - Thu, 2024-05-02 13:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation has launched a $9.5 million research funding opportunity in partnership with BASF, Dow, IBM, PepsiCo Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. Sustainable Polymers Enabled by Emerging Data Analytics (SPEED) is part of NSF's…

New NSF grant targets large language models and generative AI, exploring how they work and implications for societal impacts

NSF News - Thu, 2024-05-02 11:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced a grant of $9 million to Northeastern University for research to investigate how large language models (LLMs) and generative AI operate, focusing on the computing process called deep inference and AI…

Prolific potholes in the prairie star in award-winning short film

NSF News - Wed, 2024-05-01 09:00
Most of us think potholes are something to avoid. However, some potholes are worth protecting. The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding researchers to study prairie pothole wetlands, which are ecologically and economically important, but under…

2024/05/01 Manta Ray UUV Prototype Completes In-Water Testing

DARPA - Wed, 2024-05-01 00:00
The Manta Ray prototype uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) built by performer Northrop Grumman completed full-scale, in-water testing off the coast of Southern California in February and March 2024. Testing demonstrated at-sea hydrodynamic performance, including submerged operations using all the vehicle's modes of propulsion and steering: buoyancy, propellers, and control surfaces.
Categories: Department of Defense

2024/05/01 Disruptors Wanted: Microsystems Technology Office Sets Out the Welcome Mat

DARPA - Wed, 2024-05-01 00:00
DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) is looking for new ideas, new perspectives, and new people - so office leaders are opening the doors on June 24.
Categories: Department of Defense

NSF and NIH partner on internship opportunity in biomedical engineering

NSF News - Tue, 2024-04-30 12:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have initiated a joint research training opportunity through the NSF Non-Academic Research Internships…

2024/04/30 Voices from DARPA Podcast Episode 78: Introducing ELSI

DARPA - Tue, 2024-04-30 00:00
As a global leader in innovation, DARPA starts an average of 50 new programs each year. These programs span a variety of technical disciplines to develop breakthrough technologies for national security, all of which have the potential to raise ethical, legal, and societal implication - or, ELSI - considerations.
Categories: Department of Defense

NSF and USDA join forces to boost innovation in agricultural robotics

NSF News - Thu, 2024-04-25 11:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) are teaming up to advance foundational research in agricultural robotics. The agencies are issuing a new Dear…

New center supported by NSF will catalyze data-driven insights in molecular and cellular biosciences

NSF News - Thu, 2024-04-25 09:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation has made a $20 million award to support the creation of the National Synthesis Center for Emergence in the Molecular and Cellular Sciences (NCEMS). The center will combine vast amounts of available data on…

NSF honors 3 outstanding early-career researchers with the Alan T. Waterman Award

NSF News - Wed, 2024-04-24 13:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation honored three researchers with the Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers. The 2024 recipients: Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell, a biomedical engineer at Johns Hopkins…

NSF invests $90M in innovative national scientific cyberinfrastructure for transforming STEM education

NSF News - Wed, 2024-04-24 10:30
The U.S. National Science Foundation announced today a strategic investment of $90 million over five years in SafeInsights, a unique national scientific cyberinfrastructure aimed at transforming learning research and STEM education. Funded through…

2024/04/23 RACER Speeds Into a Second Phase With Robotic Fleet Expansion and Another Experiment Success

DARPA - Tue, 2024-04-23 00:00
DARPA's Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments with Resiliency (RACER) program successfully tested autonomous movement on a new, much larger fleet vehicle - a significant step in scaling up the adaptability and capability of the underlying RACER algorithms.
Categories: Department of Defense

2024/04/22 Acquisition Innovation: From Other Transactions to Fast-Pitch Proposals

DARPA - Mon, 2024-04-22 00:00
A list of DARPA's greatest hits includes technologies that have had a profound and lasting impact - breakthroughs that can, and have, reshaped the world. One innovation less familiar with a broad population has played a pivotal role in breaking down the barriers of government contracting, providing companies a clearer path to contributing to the national security mission.
Categories: Department of Defense

This week with NSF Director Panchanathan

NSF News - Fri, 2024-04-19 15:37
This week, US National Science Foundation Director worked to strengthen pathways into STEM and expand the agency’s reach in communities across the nation and world. At the Arctic Encounter Symposium, Director Panchanathan took center stage alongside…

NSF expands the NSF Convergence Accelerator to 10 regions nationwide

NSF News - Wed, 2024-04-17 10:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation is excited to announce the expansion of the NSF Convergence Accelerator to 10 regions to enhance national and regional competitiveness in research, innovation and workforce development. These 10 regional…

2024/04/17 ACE Program Achieves World First for AI in Aerospace

DARPA - Wed, 2024-04-17 00:00
DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program has achieved the first-ever in-air tests of AI algorithms autonomously flying an F-16 against a human-piloted F-16 in within-visual-range combat scenarios (sometimes referred to as "dogfighting").
Categories: Department of Defense

New funding opportunity seeks to invest in additional NSF Regional Innovation Engines

NSF News - Tue, 2024-04-16 15:00
Pending congressional appropriations, the NSF Engines program aims to add additional regions to the 10 inaugural awardees announced earlier this year, expanding innovation potential across the U.S. The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a…

NSF Director Panchanathan headlines Arctic Encounter Symposium 2024 as VIP speaker, meets Alaska senator and announces a $20M award to three Alaskan research institutions

NSF News - Tue, 2024-04-16 13:46
In mid-April, U.S. National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan joined world leaders from more than 25 countries at the annual Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska, where he delivered featured remarks during a showcasing…

New research centers will investigate effects of ocean-related problems on human health

NSF News - Tue, 2024-04-16 13:00
Millions of tons of small pieces of plastic are finding their way into the world's waters, and then into human beings. The plastics are often eaten by fish and shellfish and then passed to humans when they consume seafood. These plastic particles and…