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Police on the street in Boston Marathon bombing aftermath Responding to terror (again): A study of the Boston Marathon bombing   
Media exposure to prior tragedies may sensitize people to new disasters
Released  May 21, 2015    
lightining in a night time sky Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night   
Researchers will spend six weeks this summer probing nighttime thunderstorms on the Great Plains
Released  May 20, 2015    
picture of Anne Kelly Knowles Geography and mapping give new dimension to study of the Holocaust   
Research addresses questions about the scale of the Holocaust, the meaning of place, and the significance of spatial patterns
Released  May 19, 2015    
cracked, dry soil Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid   
Scientists recommend looking at power plants' capacities in view of expected changes
Released  May 18, 2015    
screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play   
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015    
An instrument system used to collect samples from different water depths in the ocean. Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer   
Tiny marine plants play major role in phosphorus cycle
Released  May 14, 2015    
microscope Latest figures show decline in federal funding for R&D, equipment, facilities in FY 2013   
Projections show rising federal agency obligations in FY 2014 and FY 2015
Released  May 14, 2015    
forest As Massachusetts ecosystems shrink, hard-working "hotspots" emerge   
Researchers call hotspots valuable, but say their growing numbers might be cause for concern
Released  May 14, 2015    
Instructor working with a student at a technology center Who will do the technical jobs needed to fuel a commercial spacecraft industry?   
With NSF funding, SpaceTEC is preparing the next generation of spacecraft technicians
Released  May 13, 2015    
hands of a man behind bars Justice intersects with research on federal review committee   
NSF's Jon Gould talks about his new role with a panel evaluating a critical part of the justice system
Released  May 8, 2015    
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions   
But math and science are refining ways to predict, limit impact of disasters
Released  May 7, 2015    
collage of NSF staff Five great reasons to work for the federal government   
At the National Science Foundation, public service means fostering discovery and innovation
Released  May 7, 2015    
dried trees in a forest Trees turned to snags: "Sudden Oak Death" fells California oaks in their prime   
Citizen scientists assist with research on infectious plant disease
Released  May 1, 2015    
Ari Chakraborty Many uses in researching quantum dots   
These nanoparticles can achieve higher levels of energy when light stimulates them
Released  May 1, 2015    
A University Success student working with seals on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Increasing opportunities for Alaska Natives in science and engineering   
An evolving pipeline model promotes STEM careers while changing attitudes
Released  April 30, 2015    
scientist working in a lab Who earns a doctorate? More women, more foreigners, more minorities   
Report provides latest research on trends in doctoral education
Released  April 29, 2015    
a school of bigeye travellies fish Scientists map sustainability challenges in Baja California Sur fisheries   
Conduct review of ecological and social data for 12 regions around Baja
Released  April 28, 2015    
Lisa Randall After the lecture: Extra dimensions, interacting dark matter, and the power of uncertainty   
A conversation with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall
Released  April 24, 2015    
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality   
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015    
aerial view of volcano Yellowstone magma discovery   
NSF-funded seismologists at the University of Utah discover magma hidden beneath Yellowstone's supervolcano
Released  April 23, 2015    
Scientist in a field Earth Day: Disease spread among species is predictable   
Study in California grassland expands understanding of biodiversity and management of emerging diseases
Released  April 22, 2015    
photo of the Capitol dome in Wahsington DC Federally funded R&D center spending declined, latest figures say   
Spending has fallen since one-time federal infusion of funds in fiscal year 2009
Released  April 21, 2015    
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?   
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015    
man working on a computer Science and engineering graduate school enrollment increases   
Rise largely fueled by influx of foreign students
Released  April 17, 2015    
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon   
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015    
Andrea Alu The National Science Foundation names engineering researcher Andrea Alù its Alan T. Waterman awardee for 2015   
Alù is a pioneer in the field of metamaterials who has developed "cloaking" technology to make objects invisible to sensors
Released  April 16, 2015    
Collage of images showing algae in alakes and researcher Earth Day is on the horizon. But is 'greener' always better?   
Not when it's the bright green waters of algae-fouled lakes and rivers
Released  April 15, 2015    
Timothy Verstynen in graveyard holding a plastic skull and brain. A craving for brains (and knowledge)   
Timothy Verstynen on using pop culture, including zombies and podcasting, to talk about serious research
Released  April 13, 2015    
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots   
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015    
equipment in a lab Research space at academic institutions increased by 4.7 percent in fiscal 2013   
Biological and biomedical sciences constitute largest share of research space
Released  April 9, 2015    
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