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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Public Release: 5-Jan-2016 Far-out, early-stage tech at CES 2016 Eureka Park
Nearly two dozen small businesses supported by the National Science Foundation will demonstrate pre-market consumer technologies at CES® 2016 Eureka Park, a global stage dedicated to up-and-coming technology born from fundamental science and engineering innovation.
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