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Citizen science inspires kids to take local action

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-05 09:22
Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that a program designed to involve Girl Scouts in citizen science — in which members of the public can participate in scientific research — not only taught girls how to conduct research but…

New study reveals that tree species diversity increases spider density

NSF News - Tue, 2023-09-05 09:18
Spiders are often maligned for being creepy critters, but they are some of the most environmentally friendly pest regulators. Because they actively feed on flies, moths, mosquitoes and roaches, spiders eliminate parasites and many other vectors of…

NSF announces new award for the Synchrotron for Earth and Environmental Science facility

NSF News - Fri, 2023-09-01 11:00
The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced a $35 million award to the University of Chicago to operate the brand new Synchrotron for Earth and Environmental Science (SEES) facility that will develop, manage, operate and support user access to…

NSF Director Panchanathan heads the US Delegation at the G20 Chief Science Advisers' Roundtable in India, signs bilateral agreement

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-31 12:33
U.S. National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan traveled to India at the end of August, making stops in three cities: New Delhi, Bengaluru and Gandhinagar. In New Delhi, he announced a new funding opportunity between NSF and the…

Aluminum materials show promising performance for safer, cheaper, more powerful batteries

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-31 10:00
A good battery needs two things: high energy density to power devices; and stability, so it can be safely and reliably recharged thousands of times. For the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries have reigned supreme — proving their performance in…

Eliminating public health scourge can also benefit agriculture

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-31 10:00
Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that causes organ damage and death, affected more than 250 million people worldwide in 2021, according to the World Health Organization. One of the world's most burdensome neglected tropical diseases…

Two-faced star exposed

NSF News - Wed, 2023-08-30 09:48
In a first for white dwarfs, the burnt-out cores of dead stars, astronomers have discovered that at least one member of this cosmic family is two-faced. One side of the white dwarf is composed of hydrogen, the other is made up of helium. "The surface…

Hidden cameras spot wildlife returning home after 2018 megafire

NSF News - Tue, 2023-08-29 10:17
During the summer of 2018, the Mendocino Complex Fire ripped through the University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC), transforming the Northern California property's grassy, oak-dotted hillsides into a smoldering, ash…

New AI algorithm learns chemical language, accelerates polymer research

NSF News - Tue, 2023-08-29 10:13
Polymers are well-known macromolecules in materials science and engineering communities, but most of us may not be aware of how often we're touching, using and interfacing with these materials. Polymers can be engineered to have desired properties…

Scientists edge toward scalable quantum simulations on a photonic chip

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-24 09:30
Scientists have made an important step toward developing computers advanced enough to simulate complex natural phenomena at the quantum level. While these types of simulations are too cumbersome or outright impossible for classical computers to…

Robotic glove that 'feels' lends a hand to relearn playing piano after a stroke

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-24 09:30
For people who have suffered neurotrauma such as a stroke, everyday tasks can be extremely challenging because of decreased coordination and strength. These problems have spurred the development of robotic devices to help enhance their abilities…

Quantum-scale sensors to yield human-scale benefits with new backing from NSF

NSF News - Tue, 2023-08-22 11:00
A new breed of sensors may one day allow doctors to pinpoint infections inside individual cells, or geologists to find subterranean mineral deposits without lifting a shovel. Bringing such innovations to fruition is the goal of 18 research teams…

Is our phosphorus use sustainable?

NSF News - Tue, 2023-08-22 09:30
A U.S. National Science Foundation-supported study finds that most phosphorus stakeholders — representing a wide swath of industry, agriculture, environmental and policy interests — have significant doubts about the long-term sustainability of…

Insights into how the brain processes and stores words we hear

NSF News - Tue, 2023-08-22 09:30
Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center say the brain's auditory lexicon, a catalog of verbal language, is located in front of the primary auditory cortex, not behind it — a finding that challenges previous understanding of this area…

U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. National Science Foundation announce first cohort in the NSF INTERN program to support growth of the geothermal energy workforce

NSF News - Mon, 2023-08-21 14:00
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Science Foundation announced the first cohort of geothermal interns in the NSF INTERN program. Through this collaboration — the first activity coordinated under the NSF-DOE Memorandum of…

2023/08/18 Voices from DARPA Episode 71: The Quantum Mechanic

DARPA - Fri, 2023-08-18 00:00
In popular culture, quantum is a descriptive term often added to various technical topics and projects to make them sound cool. But what is quantum mechanics, really, and how do we know whether quantum technologies will transform computing, communications, sensing, and a host of other fields?
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Researchers grow precise arrays of nanoLEDs

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-17 09:30
Halide perovskites are a family of materials that have attracted attention for their superior optoelectronic properties and potential applications in devices such as high-performance solar cells, light-emitting diodes and lasers. These materials have…

Dissolving cardiac device monitors, treats heart disease

NSF News - Thu, 2023-08-17 09:30
Nearly 700,000 people in the United States die from heart disease every year, and one-third of those deaths result from complications in the first weeks or months following a traumatic heart-related event. To help prevent those deaths, U.S. National…