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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    
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    
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    
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    
Nurses next to a robotic patient in a hospital bed How robots can help build better doctors   
Research seeks to make better 'human patient simulators'
Released  April 7, 2015    
Image showing a neuron with a ray of light and the text photo gallery Exploring the unknown frontier of the brain   
James L. Olds, head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University describes why and how NSF-funded researchers are working to understand the healthy brain
Released  April 2, 2015    
Maria Carmen Lemos talking to a local man Exploring the human side of climate change adaptation   
Maria Carmen Lemos is looking to develop conceptual models that can help policymakers around the world make solid decisions about adapting to climate change
Released  April 2, 2015    
Kettering University students participating in a community cleanup Igniting change in Vehicle City   
Kettering University leads effort to improve city services in Flint, Mich., through high-speed networking
Released  March 24, 2015    
woman exercising in front of monitor Fitness app connects exercisers to experts   
NSF-supported Fitnet uses powerful computing and networking infrastructure to enable new capabilities
Released  March 23, 2015    
Geologist Jeff Johnson working in the inner crater of Villarrica, an active volcano in Chile. Listen to the pulse of an erupting volcano: Chile's Villarrica   
Scientists use infrasound instruments to record volcano's "circulation"
Released  March 13, 2015    
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science   
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015    
student and teacher working at a computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple   
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015    
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education   
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015    
students and teachers at a conference Artful coders   
AP Computer Science Principles draws arts students into computational thinking in Alabama
Released  March 6, 2015    
two images of a snowflake Road safety through snowflake imaging   
Technology that delivers incredible mid-air snowflake images may now help improve road safety
Released  March 2, 2015    
Composite image of the northeast United States during an energy blackout. Creating the energy Internet   
How leaders in research, industry and engineering education are working to create the energy network of the future
Released  February 25, 2015    
DOW scientists Karen Kosiba and Traeger Meyer with radar truck Mission impossible? New England's snowstorm 'bomb' from inside a Doppler-on-Wheels   
Trapped in gale-force winds for 24 hours, scientists got the data
Released  February 11, 2015    
Video of the ignition of pine needles by contact with a hot steel particle Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire   
Understanding how hot metal shards cast off by infrastructure ignite wildfires
Released  February 10, 2015    
coral reef and fish near Philippines Good news and bad news for coral reefs   
There's good news related to marine protected areas, but bad news related to loss of coral cover
Released  February 9, 2015    
example of the experimental Potential Storm Surge Inundation Map showing the Texas Gulf coast Communicating a hurricane's real risks   
NSF- and NOAA-sponsored studies help improve the quality of emergency communications
Released  February 6, 2015    
animated map of transit systems Walking, driving and riding in a winter wonderland   
Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
Released  February 5, 2015    
People working under a bridge Warding off failure   
Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
Released  February 4, 2015    
Photo of Bob Bea After the lecture: Bob Bea and a lifetime spent outwitting disaster   
Nearly 10 years post-Katrina, the engineer who co-led a team that investigated the New Orleans levee system reflects on what it takes to have resilient and sustainable infrastructure -- and the next generation of engineers
Released  February 4, 2015    
Wind turbine on snow Floating wind turbines bring electricity where it's needed   
Altaeros Energies' research into advanced materials enables new heights for wind energy
Released  February 3, 2015    
Electric vehicle and charging station. Improving electric vehicle sales may require solving unique chicken and egg problem   
Subsidizing construction of charging stations possibly a cheaper way to reach US sales goals than tax incentives
Released  January 29, 2015    
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall   
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015    
women with their hands together Addressing the shortage of women in technology   
National Center for Women & Information Technology connects universities, companies, nonprofits, and government organizations to increase women’s participation in computing and technology
Released  December 12, 2014    
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