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Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
Nature Geoscience
Human-driven carbon release rate unprecedented in past 66 million years
The earliest measurements of Earth's climate using thermometers and other tools start in the 1850s. To look further back in time, scientists investigate air bubbles trapped in ice cores, expanding the scope of climate records to nearly a million years. But to study Earth's history over millions of years, researchers examine the chemical and biological signatures in deep-sea sediments.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 16-Mar-2016
PLOS Currents: Outbreaks
Potential Zika virus risk estimated for 50 US cities
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the virus in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, will likely become increasingly abundant across much of the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to a new study led by mosquito and disease experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16)
Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring
The Personal Robots Group at MIT developed a socially assistive robot called Tega designed to serve as a one-on-one peer learner in or outside of the classroom. Testing the setup in a Boston area preschool, the researchers showed Tega can learn and improve in response to the unique characteristics of students. The team reported its results at the 30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in February.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
All we are is dust in the interstellar wind
Cosmic dust is not simply something to sweep under the rug and forget about. Instead, National Science Foundation-funded astronomers are studying and even mapping it to learn more about what it might be hiding from us, where it comes from and what it's turning into.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sara Dwyer/Ivy Kupec
ikupec@nsf.gov
703-292-8796
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
Accelerating discovery in materials science
A new Materials Innovation Platforms (MIPs) program that aims to significantly accelerate materials research and development has made its first awards, to Penn State University and Cornell University.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ivy F. Kupec
ikupec@nsf.gov
703-292-8796
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 7-Mar-2016
30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Meeting
Fighting food poisoning in Las Vegas with machine learning
Computer science researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app for health departments that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify likely food poisoning hot spots. Las Vegas officials recently used the app, called nEmesis, to improve the city's inspection protocols. The team presented the results of the trial at the 30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in February.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016
Climatic Change
In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures
Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, according to a new study. But those negative effects in vegetation growth will be largely offset, the research predicts, by an earlier start to the spring growing season and warmer winter temperatures.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 25-Feb-2016
Science
New insights into the seasonality of Amazon's evergreen forests
NSF-funded researchers uncover synchronized patterns of leaf growth and death in the Amazon, which can help build better climate and ecosystem models.

Contact: Jessica Arriens
jarriens@nsf.gov
703-292-2243
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016
National Science Foundation and Popular Science announce 2016 Vizzies winners
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine today announced the winners of the 2016 Vizzies, awards that celebrate the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Global Change Biology
Increasing drought threatens almost all US forests
Forests nationwide are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a new study by scientists from 14 research institutions.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Seeking Zika: Where and when will Zika-carrying mosquitoes strike next?
Zika: the virus has emerged as a major public health threat that's rapidly spreading through South and Central America and the Caribbean.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Video: 6 new stories debut in 'Science of Innovation' series
A new set of educational videos, released today, continues an exploration begun three years ago into the creative process that leads to innovation. From 3-D bioprinting that could generate heart tissue to origami-inspired structures built for space exploration, the six new 'Science of Innovation' stories highlight how innovation can turn fundamental science and engineering ideas into significant societal and economic impacts.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Feb-2016
Physical Review Letters
Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction
For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.
National Science Foundation, Max Planck Society, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Australian Research Council

Contact: Ivy Kupec
ikupec@nsf.gov
703-292-8796
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 10-Feb-2016
Research into critical national issues at forefront of NSF's FY2017 budget request
National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today outlined how President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2017 request for NSF supports research into critical national issues, including clean energy technologies, food sustainability, disaster response and education. The FY2017 budget requests $8 billion, an increase of about 6.7 percent, or about $500 million, over the enacted FY2016 budget.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Feb-2016
Multinational companies perform majority of US business R&D
Multinational companies perform the majority of all research and development (R&D) done by companies located in the Unites States, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 4-Feb-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Southwest sliding into a new normal: Drier conditions
The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the Southwest are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Feb-2016
NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niño, one of the strongest on record
El Niño: What effect will it have on weather, on flooding and landslides, and on economically important coastal ecosystems?

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Feb-2016
Building a foundation for CS for All
Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world. However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels remains limited. CS is taught in less than 25 percent of US high schools. Rural and high-need schools are even less likely to offer it. Moreover, in schools that do offer CS, students of color and girls often participate in very low numbers.

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
New NSF and NBC Learn video series shows off big discoveries from tiny particles
Why are things so small, so significant? A new video series created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News, sheds light on this question.

Contact: Lisa-Joy Zgorski
lzgorski@nsf.gov
703-292-8311
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 29-Jan-2016
US R&D increased in 2013, well ahead of the pace of gross domestic product
US expenditures in research and development (R&D) rose to $456.1 billion in 2013 -- a $20.7 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
NMR in Biomedicine
US science and technology leadership increasingly challenged by advances in Asia
According to the latest federal data, the US science and engineering (S&E) enterprise still leads the world. The United States invests the most in research and development (R&D), produces the most advanced degrees in science and engineering and high-impact scientific publications, and remains the largest provider of information, financial, and business services. However, Southeast, South, and East Asia continue to rapidly ascend in many aspects of S&E.

Contact: Nadine Lymn
nlymn@nsf.gov
703-292-2490
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 14-Jan-2016
New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Winter is changing, becoming less like the cold seasons we may remember. The 'new winter' has consequences far beyond December-to-March. It affects spring and summer, too, including plants' flowering dates -- and species such as hummingbirds that depend on precision flowering times for nectar.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Jan-2016
Immigrants play increasing role in US science and engineering workforce
From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the United States rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. This 10-year increase included significant growth in the number of immigrant scientists and engineers, from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 7-Jan-2016
NSF commits $30 million to expand the frontiers of computing
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced $30 million in funding to three Expeditions in Computing projects. Each grant will provide $10 million over five years to interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research teams to support transformative computing and information technology research. The Expeditions projects constitute the largest single investments in computer and information science research NSF has made. The projects aim to explore the frontiers of theoretical computer science, synthetic biology and computational sustainability.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Jan-2016
Flying lab to investigate Southern Ocean's appetite for carbon
A team of scientists supported by the National Science Foundation will launch a series of research flights over the remote Southern Ocean this month to better understand just how much carbon dioxide its icy waters can lock away.

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-292-7530
National Science Foundation

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