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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: 15-Aug-2018
Geophysical Research Letters
Diving robots find Antarctic seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter
The open water nearest the sea ice surrounding Antarctica releases significantly more carbon dioxide in winter than previously believed, a new study has found. Researchers conducting the study used data gathered over several winters by an array of robotic floats diving and drifting in the Southern Ocean around the southernmost continent.

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2018
NSF announces first research awards under Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
The National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (HSI Program today issued its first research awards for 31 projects totaling approximately $45 million.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2018
NSF international MULTIPLIER program completes first expedition
Furthering the National Science Foundation's strategic engagement to explore and advance opportunities for leveraging international resources, NSF has completed its first MULTIPLIER (MULTIPlying Impact Leveraging International Expertise in Research Missions) short-term expedition for scientific opportunities.

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

Public Release: 30-Jul-2018
NSF awards $6.4 million grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research drylands site
To discover how environmental change is affecting dryland ecosystems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a five-year, $6.4 million grant in new support of the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in central New Mexico. The location is one of 28 NSF LTER sites in ecosystems from deserts to salt marshes, coral reefs to forests.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 19-Jul-2018
Scientists use satellites to measure vital underground water resources
The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. In recent decades, however, the over-pumping of groundwater, combined with drought, has caused some aquifers to permanently lose their essential storage capacity.

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

Public Release: 19-Jul-2018
Scientists fly above wildfires this summer to clarify chemistry of smoke
This summer, a four-engine cargo plane laden with scientists and sophisticated equipment will make flights straight into hazy smoke from Western wildfires. The flights will be the largest, most comprehensive attempt to date to measure and analyze the wildfire smoke that blankets vast swaths of the US every year.

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

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018
New NSF awards support the creation of bio-based semiconductors
To address a worldwide need for data storage that far outstrips today's capabilities, federal agencies and a technology research consortium are investing $12 million in new research through the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing and Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) program. The goal is to create storage systems that integrate synthetic biology with semiconductor technology.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018
Water Resources Research
NSF-supported researchers to present new results on hurricanes and other extreme events
The availability of water from underground aquifers is vital to the basic needs of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. In recent decades, however, the over-pumping of groundwater, combined with drought, has caused some aquifers to permanently lose their essential storage capacity.

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

Public Release: 12-Jul-2018
Science
Neutrino observation points to one source of high-energy cosmic rays
Observations made by researchers using a National Science Foundation (NSF) detector at the South Pole and verified by ground- and space-based telescopes have produced the first evidence of one source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos.
National Science Foundation, NASA

Contact: Josh Chamot
jchamot@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Jul-2018
National Ocean Month: NSF's role in ocean science spans the globe
This month marks the annual celebration of oceans and all that they contribute to our planet, the surface of which is more than 70 percent water. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a long history of support for ocean-related fundamental research, and so joins with public and private partners in marking new frontiers in exploring this critical global resource.

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

Public Release: 11-Jul-2018
Scientists study connection between Great Plains precipitation and agricultural irrigation
Can crop irrigation affect the clouds that form high above farm fields? Indeed it can, say atmospheric scientists. Agricultural irrigation to meet a growing demand for food is adding significant amounts of water to the land surface and altering regional land use and land cover. These changes affect lower atmosphere circulation, potentially influencing cloud development and precipitation.

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

Public Release: 11-Jul-2018
Remote Sensing of Environment
Drones survey African wildlife
In collaboration with a nature reserve in Namibia, researchers funded by the SNSF are developing a new approach to counting animals: combining drone flights and automated image analysis.

Contact: Devis Tuia
devis.tuia@wur.nl
31-317-489-403
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Public Release: 28-Jun-2018
Nature
Previously unsuspected volcanic activity confirmed under West Antarctic Ice Sheet at Pine Island Glacier
Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The finding could have significant implications for global sea level rise.

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

Public Release: 26-Jun-2018
NSF, NASA scientists explore ocean's 'twilight zone' to uncover links between carbon and plankton
Equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, a team of scientists will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August.

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

Public Release: 22-Jun-2018
Western Dakota Tech earns first place in 4th annual Community College Innovation Challenge
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) awarded Western Dakota Tech from Rapid City, South Dakota first place in the 2018 fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

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

Public Release: 15-Jun-2018
Nature Communications
To forecast winter rainfall in Los Angeles, look to New Zealand in the summer
Variability in El Niño cycles was long considered a reliable tool for predicting winter precipitation in the Southwest United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent years.

Contact: cdybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 15-Jun-2018
Nature
Land-based portion of massive East Antarctic ice sheet retreated little during past 8 million years
Large parts of the massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet did not retreat significantly during a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were similar to today's levels, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The finding could have significant implications for global sea level rise.

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

Public Release: 12-Jun-2018
Nature Medicine
Cancer: More targeted use of immunotherapy
SNSF-supported researchers have discovered a method for predicting the likelihood of success when treating cancer with immunotherapy.
SNSF

Contact: Prof. Alfred Zippelius
alfred.zippelius@usb.ch
41-613-286-016
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Public Release: 4-Jun-2018
New NSF special report released ahead of World Oceans Day: Catch a Wave! The Science of Summer

Catch a Wave! Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a look at the science behind the "sweet spot" we call summer.


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

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.
National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation

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

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