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NSF Arctic & Antarctic Press Releases
Image representing Arctic & Antarctic Earth's polar regions may seem like mirror images. But each is a unique environment with features we are still trying to understand, and each affects the rest of the globe.

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Public Release: 25-May-2018
NSF-Simons centers to search for the Rules of Life
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Simons Foundation, has launched four new centers to bring mathematical perspectives to the biological search for the Rules of Life.

Contact: Joshua Chamot
jchamot@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 21-May-2018
Journal of Climate
Hurricanes: Stronger, slower, wetter in the future?
Scientists have developed a detailed analysis of how 22 recent hurricanes would be different if they formed under the conditions predicted for the late 21st century.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-May-2018
USAF and NSF announce partnership in science and engineering research
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova signed a Letter of Intent May 9, 2018, creating a new partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national security.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-May-2018
Federal partners release Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research
A group of 23 US government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), have joined to produce the Interagency Strategic Plan for Microbiome Research, which outlines the objectives, structure and principles for coordinated research in this important field of study.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 30-Apr-2018
US and UK join forces to understand how quickly a massive Antarctic glacier could collapse
The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. As part of a new $25 million research collaboration, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced today that teams of scientists at US institutions will deploy to Antarctica to gather the data needed to understand whether the glacier could begin to collapse in the next few decades or centuries from now.
National Science Foundation, Natural Environment Research Council

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 25-Apr-2018
Environmental Science & Technology Letters
Sunlight reduces effectiveness of dispersants used to clean up oil spills
A new study shows that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more quickly and significantly than previously thought, limiting the effectiveness of chemical dispersants that break up floating oil.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 24-Apr-2018
Ecohydrology
Billions of gallons of water saved by thinning forests
There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (CZO). That may come as a surprise to those who see dense, verdant forests as signs of a healthy environment. After all, green is good, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to the number of trees in California forests, bigger isn't always better.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 19-Apr-2018
Neuron
How does the brain learn categorization for sounds? The same way it does for images
Categorization, or the recognition that individual objects share similarities and can be grouped together, is fundamental to how we make sense of the world. Previous research has revealed how the brain categorizes images. Now, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation have discovered that the brain categorizes sounds in much the same way.

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
sdambros@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Apr-2018
Developmental psychologist receives 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has bestowed the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, on University of Washington (UW) social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson.

Contact: bmixon@nsf.gov
bmixon@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 12-Apr-2018
Mississippi River diversions will produce new land, but more slowly than shoreline is lost
The best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta may be river diversions that bring sediment to shrinking coastlines. However, a new study concludes that the rate of land-building will likely be dwarfed by the rate of wetland loss.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Apr-2018
Powering advances in wireless connectivity for the future
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces an important milestone in its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) effort.

Contact: Linda A. McBrearty
lmcbrear@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Apr-2018
Science
New source of global nitrogen discovered: Earth's bedrock
For centuries, the thinking has been that all the nitrogen available for plant growth worldwide comes from the atmosphere. But a new study by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis, shows that more than a quarter of that nitrogen is derived from the weathering of Earth's bedrock.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 6-Apr-2018
NSF announces 2018 winners for Generation Nano: Superheroes inspired by science
A solar-powered, fast-charging, high-flying hero named Heliora! A sweet nanoparticle solution that defeats the sugar-blasting nemesis Glycosa! A peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding hero to battle an antibiotic resistant superbug!

Contact: Sarah Bates
sabates@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 6-Apr-2018
Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2016 close to all-time high
US institutions awarded 54,904 research doctorate degrees in 2016, only five fewer than the previous year's record high, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), a federally sponsored annual census of research degree recipients.

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
SDAMBROS@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 6-Apr-2018
NSF announces Graduate Research Fellowships for 2018
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has announced the offer of 2,000 fellowship awards, following a national competition.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Apr-2018
NSF 'supermagnet' laboratory receives $184 million renewal
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed support for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) with $184 million over the next five years, a funding increase of more than 9 percent over the last funding period.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joshua Chamot
jchamot@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 30-Mar-2018
Journal of Climate
New study finds world's largest desert, the Sahara, has grown by 10 percent since 1920
The Sahara Desert has expanded by about 10 percent since 1920, according to a new study by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD).

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 16-Mar-2018
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Soot transported from elsewhere in world contributes little to melting of some Antarctic glaciers
Airborne soot produced by wildfires and fossil-fuel combustion and transported to the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica contains levels of black carbon too low to contribute significantly to the melting of local glaciers, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 8-Mar-2018
NSF support helps advance research in geography and spatial science
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded more than $10.2 million in 2017 through its Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) program to fund 64 new projects that will advance knowledge about geographic patterns and processes, as well as the complex dynamics of interactions among human, physical and biotic systems on Earth.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
SDAMBROS@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 8-Mar-2018
Deep-sea observatories to offer new view of seabed earthquakes
A mission to study New Zealand's largest fault by lowering two sub-seafloor observatories into the Hikurangi subduction zone is underway this week.
National Science Foundation, International Ocean Discovery Program

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 6-Mar-2018
NSF revamps proposal guidance for education research
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) has implemented new guidance for the scientists it supports, providing detailed directions on how to make their research results easier to replicate.

Contact: Bobby Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Mar-2018
NSF Fiscal Year 2019 budget to advance innovation, infrastructure
The National Science Foundation released more detailed information regarding President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 NSF budget request to Congress.

Contact: Aya Collins
acollins@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 28-Feb-2018
Nature
Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe.
For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a refrigerator, the researchers discovered that ancient suns were active within 180 million years of the Big Bang.

Contact: Joshua Chamot
jchamot@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 27-Feb-2018
NSF invests $30 million to pursue transformative advances at frontiers of computing and information
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces three new Expeditions in Computing awards, each providing $10 million in funding over five years to multi-investigator research teams pursuing large-scale, far-reaching and potentially transformative research in computer and information science and engineering. This year's awards aim to enable game-changing advances in real-time decision making, quantum computing and non-invasive biomedical imaging.

Contact: Linda McBreaty
lmcbrear@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 26-Feb-2018
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Hidden 'rock moisture' possible key to forest response to drought
A little-studied, underground layer of rock may provide a vital reservoir for trees, especially in times of drought, report scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with The University of Texas (UT) at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley. Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatorieswebpage.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

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