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National Science Foundation allots $1.5M to kid-focused maker projects

To celebrate 2016’s Week of Making (don’t tell me you forgot!), the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff. Read More

Overnight Open Thread (6-21-2016)

Quote of the Day I - Failure to Heed Market Signals Edition The percentage of new doctorate recipients without jobs or plans for further study climbed to 39% in 2014 from 31% in 2009, according to a National Science Foundation...

The Mission to Rescue a Scientist From the South Pole—in the Middle of Winter

The National Science Foundation is right now undertaking a phenomenally risky and rare evacuation from the middle of the Antarctic ice sheet. The post The Mission to Rescue a Scientist From the South Pole—in the Middle of Winter appeared first on WIRED.

Academic average is over sentences to ponder

The percentage of new doctorate recipients without jobs or plans for further study climbed to 39% in 2014 from 31% in 2009, according to a National Science Foundation survey released in April. Median salaries for midcareer Ph.D.s working full time fell 6% between 2010 and 2013. Show More Summary

Research shows Antarctic lakes are a repository for ancient soot

Remote lakes in a perpetually ice-free area of Antarctica show not only the chemical signature of ancient wildfires, but also some much more recent evidence of fossil-fuel combustion, according to National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. read more

Nadia Drake: NSF investigating how to shut down Arecibo

Reporter Nadia Drake has been following the status of Arecibo very closely, and recently wrote two articles explaining what it means that the National Science Foundation has begun an environmental review process for the giant radio telescope.

World’s largest radio telescope faces retirement due to stagnant funding

The National Science Foundation is considering pulling its support from the famous Arecibo radio dish in Puerto Rico Continue reading ? The post World’s largest radio telescope faces retirement due to stagnant funding appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Appalachian coal ash richest in rare earth elements

National Science Foundation, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, American Coal Ash Association DURHAM, N.C. -- A study of the content of rare earth elements in U.S. coal ashes shows that coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains could be the proverbial golden goose for hard-to-find materials critical to clean energy and other emerging technologies. read more

New Kepler Planet Discovery Could Sustain Life --"Warm Atmosphere and Surface Liquid Water"

“We found there are multiple atmospheric compositions that allow it to be warm enough to have surface liquid water,” said Aomawa Shields, the study’s lead author and a National Science Foundation astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow in UCLA’s department of...

"Cosmic Leapfrog" --Will China's Enormous 'Super Collider' Reveal Unknowns of the Universe? (A 'Galaxy' Insight)

“So far the Standard Model seems to explain matter, but we know there has to be something beyond the Standard Model,” said Denise Caldwell, director of the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation. “This potential new physics can only...

Researchers in Antarctic discover new facets of space weather

A team of National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind, almost as soon as they finished installing six data-collection stations across East Antarctic Plateau last January.

The Artists' Residency at the End of the World

Each year, the National Science Foundation accepts proposals for artists and writers hoping to chill out in Antarctica.

Dare to Be 100: Harvard, Again and Again

I am currently immersed in a small seminar group at Harvard sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This is the fourth such conference that I have attended designed to explore the physical bases of health and aging. The title of our meeting is "Aging and Failure in Biological. Show More Summary

How the National Science Foundation Is Catalyzing the Future of Manufacturing

Technological progress often results from the flow between institutions driving cutting edge research and companies creating the products and services demanded by customers. At larger scales, say the regional or national level, it’s an ecosystem that remains challenging to manage, let alone catalyze. Show More Summary

Video: A day in the studio of Dr. Gregg van Laningham at the Center for Puppetry Arts

2 months agoUnited States / Atlanta : ArtsATL

In 2013 the Center for Puppetry Arts partnered with Texas A&M University‘s Department of Mechanical Engineering, which was awarded a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create a long-distance learning program. At the helm of that project is Dr. Gregg van Laningham (PhD Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology), an engineer...

Elsewhere in Science: Syrian scholars, management blunders, and more

Displaced Syrian academics … Australia’s science budget … Resettling research chimps … National Science Foundation management mistakes … The importance of infrastructure … Working Life

Eliminating NSF grant deadlines halved the number of proposals they received

How can the National Science Foundation cope with an exploding number of grant proposals? Annual or semiannual grant deadlines lead to enormous spikes in submissions, which in turn cause headaches for the program managers who have to...Show More Summary

Links 4/7/16

Links for you. Science: Biological specimen troves threatened by funding pause: Decision by US National Science Foundation could hamper research on conservation biology, climate change and invasive species. (yes, it will) This scientist found a way to make battery parts … Continue reading ?

Government To Finally Research Why Dudes Talk Over You

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

The research is finally coming: The National Science Foundation is going to study the subtle little ways that an environment with a ton of dudes might not be such a comfortable one for women. Yes, finally, someone is looking into microaggressions, reports The Washington Free Beacon. This will be a three-year... More »

"National Interest" Science: A Dangerous Contradiction

Scientists, students, consumers, and citizens, beware: last month, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the introduction of legislation that would require the National Science Foundation to award grants only for research projects that the agency can certify as being "in the national interest. Show More Summary

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