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With NSF funds limited, is $697,177 for climate change musical worth it?

The National Science Foundation too often shortchanges American taxpayers by funding low-value, low-priority social science projects.

Meet Ryan Anderson, The Anti-LGBT 'Scholar' Peddling Junk Science To National Media

Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan T. Anderson routinely appears in the media under the guise of a serious academic opposed to same-sex marriage and LGBT equality. But despite the veneer of credibility his resume provides, Anderson routinely...Show More Summary

Why Congress should not cut funding to the social sciences

In the past several years, there has been a renewed push in Congress to cut federal funding, via the National Science Foundation (NSF), for political science and the social sciences. Here’s a brief timeline of such efforts since 2009 (see here for earlier episodes): October 2009: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) unsuccessfully pushed an amendment that would have […]

An Experience With An Intelligent Car

Yesterday I attended an excellent advisory board meeting for a National Science Foundation funded eBook project called E-MATE at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. Mike and Kelly are doing some really cutting edge ground-breaking work in the development of electronic instructional materials and it was an excellent meeting. Show More Summary

Doctors Eye Implantable Body Antenna for Long-Term Monitoring

Tired of using a pesky thermometer to check on your health? If a new project funded by the National Science Foundation proves successful, we may soon have a small antenna implanted into our bodies to report on our vital statistics.

House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 a

NSF Grant Helps Preserve Parasite Collections

A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology to digitally preserve four major collections of parasite specimens donated to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the past five years. Show More Summary

Public access to results of NSF-funded research

Somehow this seems to have slipped under the radar: National Science Foundation announces plan for comprehensive public access to research results. They put it up on 18 March, two whole months ago, so our apologies for not having said anything until now! This is the NSF’s rather belated response to the OSTP memo on Open Access, […]

Researchers Create "CyberHeart" Platform for Advanced Medical Device Development

A virtual-heart platform proposed to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $4.2 million over five years.

Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation's I-Corps Lite

I've known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins). Show More Summary

The US and CERN upgrade their relationship

A new agreement paves the way for joint projects between the United States and CERN. Today in a White House ceremony in Washington, DC, representatives from the US Department of Energy, the US National Science Foundation and the European...Show More Summary

PSR J1930-1852: Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers...Show More Summary

EarthCube All Hands Meeting organized by AZGS

AZGS is organizing the annual All Hands Meeting for the National Science Foundation's EarthCube program, to be held in Arlington VA, May 27-29. EarthCube is testing the ability to build a community-led cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences. Show More Summary

The Little-Known Bowling Alley at McMurdo Station in Antarctica

2 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

photo by Raymond/National Science Foundation Back in 1961, the U.S. Navy built a bowling alley at McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center in Antarctica. The two-lane alley featured a Brunswick manual pinset system, which required pinsetters to clear fallen pins and place new pins by hand. The world’s southernmost bowling alley served the station’s scientists […]

3 Scientific Reasons We Are Psychologically Programmed To Cheat On Our Partners

According to the National Science Foundation, only three to five percent of mammals are monogamous.

A Robot Simulates 900 Years of Selfies

GIF by Sami Emory A robot takes selfies for 900 years in the National Science Foundation’s hypothetical hyperlapse for National Robotics Week. Starting in 2010, the simulated video features the DARwIn-OP (short for Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform) bot capturing an early morning every ten years until the year 2900. Show More Summary

NSF Brings Together UT Dallas Computer Scientists, Industry for New Tech Hub

UT Dallas computer scientists hope that funding from the National Science Foundation to create an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center will help the Dallas area become a research hub for technology that enhances human abilities.

John Perlin PV Miniseries #14: How Public Policy Matters

Our interview with John Perlin continues for this segment of photovoltaics miniseries. In our 13th post, Mr. Perlin said, “Reagan came into office and declared war on solar technologies, which led the National Science Foundation’s chief...Show More Summary

Who got the NSF GRFPs? And are we ok with that?

NSF recently awarded the latest round of the NSF GRFP, aka the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. These awards are given to graduating anthropology undergrads or first year graduate students. To make a long story...Show More Summary

It’s Time to Overhaul the Funding of Ocean Science

The National Research Council (NRC) released the first-ever Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences(DSOS) report on 23 January 2015 as commissioned by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE).  The 147 page report...Show More Summary

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