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NSF invests $35M in future manufacturing

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-28 09:08
Manufacturing is a linchpin of the U.S. economy, bolstering national security, economic growth, and American employment. Through the Future Manufacturing program, the U.S. National Science Foundation makes targeted investments in the future of…

Scientists explore dinosaur 'coliseum' in Denali National Park

NSF News - Wed, 2023-09-27 10:11
Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have discovered and documented the largest known single dinosaur track in Alaska. The site, located in Denali National Park and Preserve, has been dubbed "The Coliseum" by researchers. The Coliseum is…

NSF invests $18.8M in inaugural cohort of projects enabling experiential learning in key technologies

NSF News - Wed, 2023-09-27 10:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation announced the first Experiential Learning for Emerging and Novel Technologies (ExLENT) investment of $18.8 million to 27 teams at U.S. institutions of higher education, including teams led by minority-serving…

2023/09/27 In-Water Tests for DARPA Manta Ray Scaled Prototype

DARPA - Wed, 2023-09-27 00:00
DARPA's Manta Ray program hit a key milestone with an in-water splash test off of Oahu, Hawaii, of performer PacMar Technologies' scaled prototype to verify sensors, vehicle hydrodynamic performance, and key autonomy behaviors of the glider body. Manta Ray aims to develop and demonstrate a new class of long-duration, long-range autonomous underwater vehicle. The program approach includes rapid prototyping and early risk-reduction prior to culminating in a more complex, full-scale final demonstration at sea.
Categories: Department of Defense

16 minority-serving institutions gain a competitive edge thanks to a $9.2M NSF research infrastructure award

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-26 11:00
Conducting ambitious and innovative research requires more than just funding a study itself. It also needs robust administrative and infrastructure support, which is often unseen yet critical to a program's success. Access to this support varies…

Pollutants affect biodiversity's role in the spread of wildlife diseases

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-26 10:05
Conventional wisdom among ecologists holds that the more species there are inhabiting an ecosystem, the less vulnerable any one species will be to a threat like a parasite. A new study of tadpoles at the University of Wisconsin–Madison illustrates…

Hundred-year storms? That's how long they last on Saturn

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-26 10:03
The largest storm in the solar system, a 10,000-mile-wide anticyclone called the Great Red Spot, has decorated Jupiter's surface for hundreds of years. A new study now shows that Saturn — though much blander and less colorful than Jupiter — also has…

NSF Director travels to New York University for New York Digital Vision Forum, delivers keynote alongside U.S. and Republic of Korea leaders

NSF News - Mon, 2023-09-25 14:00
On Sept. 21, 2023, U.S. National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan delivered a keynote at the New York Digital Vision Forum at New York University's (NYU) Manhattan campus. The event included speakers Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (who…

NSF announces over $5M in funding to create new STEM education and research center at the Arecibo Observatory site

NSF News - Mon, 2023-09-25 12:50
Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced an investment of over $5 million over five-years for a collaborative partnership between three higher education institutions and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to establish a new multidisciplinary…

NSF announces 4 Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 awards to bolster cybersecurity, windstorms science, ocean observatory, and lasers research infrastructure

NSF News - Mon, 2023-09-25 11:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation is pleased to announce four Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1) awards for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 that will continue the agency's support of cutting-edge science and engineering research. The four…

2023/09/25 ANSRs to Hard AI Questions

DARPA - Mon, 2023-09-25 00:00
DARPA selected the following teams to explore diverse, hybrid architectures that integrate data-driven machine learning with symbolic reasoning, a problem-solving method that uses symbols or abstract representations to understand information or follow rules to reach conclusions.
Categories: Department of Defense

This week with NSF Director Panchanathan

NSF News - Fri, 2023-09-22 16:17
In a whirlwind week, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan focused on strengthening and scaling collaborations to create both powerful local and global innovation systems. On Sept. 21, Director Panchanathan traveled to New York University to join in…

Civic Innovation Challenge awards $19M for climate change resilience and community-driven innovation

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-21 11:09
When a natural catastrophe strikes, how effectively are communities able to marshal access to resources and services? Across the nation, 19 teams of civic leaders and university scholars are working together to improve community effectiveness in…

Enabling key oceanographic science for the 21st century: NSF announces renewal of the Ocean Observatories Initiative facility award

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-21 11:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced a $220 million award to a coalition of research organizations, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), to continue operations and maintenance of the Ocean Observatories Initiative…

Scientists zero in on timing, causes of ice age mammal extinctions in Southern California

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-21 09:30
The end of the last ice age also marked the end for more than three dozen genera of large mammals in North America, from mammoths and mastodons to bison and saber-toothed cats. Details of the precise timing and circumstances, however, have remained…

Ancient DNA reveals an early African origin of cattle in the Americas

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-21 09:30
Cattle may seem like uniquely American animals, steeped in the lore of cowboys, cattle drives and sprawling ranches. In a study funded in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation and published in Scientific Reports, researchers at the University…

NSF invests $25M to advance technologies and communications to operate securely through 5G networks

NSF News - Thu, 2023-09-21 09:12
The U.S. National Science Foundation Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) is tackling 5G communication infrastructure and operational challenges through a $25 million investment to advance five convergent teams from Phase 1…

Dry lightning can spark wildfires even under wetter conditions

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-19 10:22
Dry lightning can still be disastrous even when conditions aren't so dry, a study has found. These cloud-to-ground strikes during little to no rainfall were previously thought to pose wildfire danger only if occurring with less than 2.5 mm of rain in…

Mapping methane emissions from rivers around globe reveals surprising sources

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-19 10:21
Freshwater ecosystems account for half of global emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Rivers and streams, especially, are thought to emit a substantial amount of that methane, but the rates and patterns of…

NSF invests $72.5M to design revolutionary materials

NSF News - Mon, 2023-09-18 11:00
A $72.5 million investment from the U.S. National Science Foundation will drive the design, discovery and development of advanced materials needed to address major societal challenges. The Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future…