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An Aedes aegypti mosquito National Science Foundation issues call for Zika virus proposals
Funding to address ecological transmission dynamics of the virus
Released  February 10, 2016
Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016
graphic showing a city skyline Multinational companies perform majority of U.S. business R&D
Interagency data linking project reveals new insights
Released  February 5, 2016
hills, plants and dry land in the southwestern U.S. Southwest sliding into a new normal: drier conditions
Weather patterns that bring rain becoming less frequent
Released  February 4, 2016
woman looking out of the window The profound power of loneliness
Depression, dementia and even some useful effects: Research examines how loneliness affects the social human brain
Released  February 3, 2016
White ibises flock Feeding birds in your local park? If they're white ibises in Florida, think twice
White ibises may transmit diseases like salmonellosis
Released  February 3, 2016
aerial view of NSF's Mo'orea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research site NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niño, one of the strongest on record
Awards address effects on coral reefs; connections between rainfall and landslides; and signatures of past El Niños in ice caps
Released  February 2, 2016
A bat-eared fox tries to open a puzzle box during an experiment to test intelligence. Do bigger brains make smarter carnivores?
Scientists confirm that species with larger brain size are more intelligent
Released  January 28, 2016
robotic arm in a factory U.S. R&D increased in 2013, well ahead of the pace of gross domestic product
Business R&D performance mainly drove the increase
Released  January 21, 2016
screenshot of website showing a snowflake and text let it snow the science of winter New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Report reveals inner worlds of snow and winter, and their importance to humans and ecosystems
Released  January 13, 2016
two people working in a lab Immigrants play increasing role in U.S. science and engineering workforce
Immigration a significant factor in decade-long growth in total science and engineering workforce
Released  January 13, 2016
Researchers with equipment on mountain at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site. Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms
Ice disappears faster in drought years
Released  January 12, 2016
hands holding a pot with natural clay Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria
May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
Released  January 8, 2016
MSU nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz After the Lecture
Nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz on chemistry exploits, chemical 'fossils,' and why fundamental science leads to so many important discoveries
Released  January 7, 2016
illustration showing plants and animals under snow Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows
Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
Released  January 5, 2016
Oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere as waves hit a rocky coast Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds
Aerosols have impact on cloud composition, duration
Released  December 21, 2015
medical staff working on a machine Making mobile health effective and secure
Interdisciplinary project working to design security measures for wearables, hospitals and homes
Released  December 17, 2015
Ice on Lake Vortsjarv in Estonia Lakes around the world rapidly warming
Freshwater ecosystems threatened, including fisheries and water resources
Released  December 16, 2015
Slideshow image showing robot walking How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally
University of Michigan engineers seek to perfect the science of balance
Released  December 14, 2015
ACEAP participants at sunset Spreading the word
'Educator ambassadors' learn, then share #NSFastronomy
Released  December 10, 2015
artist depiction of a dinosaur head Video: Triceratops gets a new cousin!
NSF-funded researchers discover a second oldest-known horned dinosaur species
Released  December 9, 2015
A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
cancer cells and copper Starving the beast
New NSF-funded research finds way to withhold cancer cells' favorite food
Released  November 24, 2015
The coast of Alaska and the Bering Glacier viewed from the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution. Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild
Erosion caused by glaciation can wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can form them
Released  November 23, 2015
Scientist lowering an instrument in water Low-oxygen 'dead zones' in North Pacific linked to past ocean warming
Large-scale warming events 10,000-plus years ago triggered loss of oxygen
Released  November 18, 2015
3-d graphic with a cube shape showing a probabilistic model Learning from distributed data
CAREER awardee develops mathematical and computational methods to analyze de-centralized information
Released  November 17, 2015
person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
ship through ice Video: Bringing mathematics to sea ice research
NSF-funded Ken Golden plays key role in better understanding sea ice changes
Released  November 4, 2015
ruins showing structures at Ceren archeological site Buried in ash, ancient Salvadoran village shows images of daily life
Village of Ceren so well preserved that footprints and finger marks remain
Released  November 3, 2015

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