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NSF announces IT revitalization through consolidation in support of the 'CHIPS and Science Act of 2022'

NSF News - Wed, 2024-01-03 11:09
The U.S. National Science Foundation today announced a comprehensive reorganization of its information technology functions, marked by the establishment of a new independent and consolidated Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). This…

2024/01/03 DARPA Moves Forward on X-65 Technology Demonstrator

DARPA - Wed, 2024-01-03 00:00
DARPA has selected Aurora Flight Sciences to build a full-scale X-plane to demonstrate the viability of using active flow control (AFC) actuators for primary flight control. The award is Phase 3 of the Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) program.
Categories: Department of Defense

NSF appoints new special assistant to the director for artificial intelligence

NSF News - Wed, 2023-12-20 11:45
The U.S. National Science Foundation today announced the appointment of Tess deBlanc-Knowles to the position of special assistant to the director for artificial intelligence. In this position, she will serve as the lead in the Office of the Director…

NSF invests over $16M in six academic institutions for cybersecurity scholarships

NSF News - Tue, 2023-12-19 11:00
Today the U.S. National Science Foundation announced six new academic institutions are being awarded CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) grants, an investment of over $16 million toward training the next generation of cybersecurity…

Notice to research community: Use of generative artificial intelligence technology in the NSF merit review process

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-14 10:58
Generative artificial intelligence1 (GAI) systems have great potential to support the U.S. National Science Foundation's mission to promote the progress of science. They could facilitate creativity and aid in the development of new scientific…

450 million-year-old organism finds new life in Softbotics

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-14 09:00
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with paleontologists from Spain and Poland, used fossil evidence to engineer a soft robotic replica of a pleurocystitid, a marine organism that existed nearly 450 million years ago and is…

Self-correcting quantum computers within reach?

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-14 09:00
Quantum computers promise to reach speeds and efficiencies impossible for even the fastest supercomputers of today. But quantum computers, unlike classical ones, cannot correct errors by copying encoded data over and over. Because of this inability…

NSF announces first-ever Accelerating Research Translation awards to empower academic institutions to speed and scale translational research

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-14 09:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation today announced the first-ever Accelerating Research Translation (ART) investment — more than $100 million to 18 teams at academic institutions across the nation. NSF's investment will enable academic institutions…

2023/12/14 Utility-Scale Quantum Program Advances Toward Prototyping

DARPA - Thu, 2023-12-14 00:00
DARPA's Underexplored Systems for Utility-Scale Quantum Computing (US2QC) program seeks to determine whether an underexplored approach to quantum computing can achieve utility-scale operation - meaning its computational value exceeds its cost - faster than conventional predictions.
Categories: Department of Defense

2023/12/14 AI Cyber Challenge Opens Registration, Adds $4 Million in Prizes, Shows Scoring Algorithm and Challenge Exemplar

DARPA - Thu, 2023-12-14 00:00
Registration for DARPA's AI Cyber Challenge (AIxCC) is now open. The Small Business Track submission deadline is January 15, 2024 and the Open Track submission deadline is April 30, 2024. More details are available below and in the streaming video announcement from DARPA program manager Perri Adams.
Categories: Department of Defense

The U.S. National Science Foundation mourns the passing of John Brooks Slaughter

NSF News - Tue, 2023-12-12 14:58
John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., director of the U.S. National Science Foundation from 1980-1982, died in Pasadena, Calif., on Dec. 6 at age 89. Slaughter, the first African American director of NSF, spent his distinguished career championing diversity…

Wireless, handheld, non-invasive device detects Alzheimer's and Parkinson's biomarkers

NSF News - Tue, 2023-12-12 11:40
An international team of researchers has developed a handheld, non-invasive device that can detect biomarkers for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The device relies on electrical rather than chemical detection, which researchers say is more…

Inexpensive monitoring process powered by machine learning could aid in water treatment

NSF News - Tue, 2023-12-12 11:36
Small, rural drinking water treatment plants typically use only chlorine to implement the disinfection process. A key performance measure for disinfection is free chlorine residual, the concentration of free chlorine remaining in the water after the…

NSF Director delivers keynote at Virginia Commonwealth University commencement ceremony, joins Virginia representative for roundtable

NSF News - Mon, 2023-12-11 14:33
On Dec. 9, U.S. National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan delivered the keynote address at the Virginia Commonwealth University's winter Commencement Ceremony, where he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree…

This week with NSF Director Panchanathan

NSF News - Fri, 2023-12-08 15:22
This week, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan underscored the agency's commitment to creating pathways and on-ramps for anyone to be able to join the STEM enterprise. On Friday, the director attended a roundtable hosted by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)…

NSF advances technologies to improve quality of life for persons with disabilities

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-07 15:14
The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing in research solutions to address challenges faced by persons with disabilities, including the development of assistive and rehabilitative technologies to enhance their quality of life and provide…

Breakthrough synthesis method improves solar cell stability

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-07 09:00
Solar cell efficiency has soared in recent years due to light-harvesting materials like halide perovskites, but the ability to produce them reliably at scale continues to be a challenge.Now, a U.S. National Science Foundation-supported process…

Scientists isolate early-warning tremor pattern in lab-made earthquakes

NSF News - Thu, 2023-12-07 09:00
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have successfully isolated a pattern of lab-made 'foreshock' tremors. The finding offers hope that future earthquakes could be forecast by a swarm of smaller previous tremors.The U.S. National Science…

2023/12/06 DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

DARPA - Wed, 2023-12-06 00:00
A team of researchers working on DARPA's Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program has created the first-ever quantum circuit with logical quantum bits (qubits), a key discovery that could accelerate fault-tolerant quantum computing and revolutionize concepts for designing quantum computer processors.
Categories: Department of Defense

Mechanics of breast cancer metastasis discovered, offering target for treatment

NSF News - Tue, 2023-12-05 11:27
The most lethal feature of any cancer is metastasis, the spread of cancer cells throughout the body. New research, led by Penn State, reveals for the first time the mechanics behind how breast cancer cells may invade healthy tissues. The U.S…