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Fog over the estuary of the Klamath River along the Pacific Coast. Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
Ultimately makes its way into ecosystems along shore
Released  August 26, 2015
chart comparing SCEC simulations to observations from the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake. Los Angeles basin jiggles like big bowl of jelly in cutting-edge simulations
Computing power helps the Southern California Earthquake Center gain new insights about earthquakes
Released  August 20, 2015
Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Expedition to the Aleutian Islands: Geoscientists head to remote Alaska volcanoes
Teams study mountain chain in most volcanically active U.S. state
Released  August 5, 2015
animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 2015
Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015
a basket of blackberries It's blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?
Scientist offers insights into national, global pollinator declines
Released  July 27, 2015
a shark in the water The truth about sharks
With shark attacks, or bites, in the news, what's the story behind the story?
Released  July 27, 2015
truck in front of a cloudy sky at night Ten things to know about thunderstorms that strike at night
For the latest information, NSF talks with three atmospheric scientists
Released  July 22, 2015
Scientist in lake collecting sediment samples in Maine Methane-eating microorganisms help regulate emissions from wetlands
Without this process, methane emissions from freshwater wetlands could be 30 to 50 percent higher
Released  June 30, 2015
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015
graphic representation shows how three active sources cloak an incoming circular wave Hidden from view
Mathematicians formulate equations, bend light and figure out how to hide things
Released  June 19, 2015
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 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
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
But math and science are refining ways to predict and limit impact of disasters
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
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
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
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
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
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
Baboon group in Amboseli, Kenya Born during a drought: Bad news for baboons
Findings have implications for human health
Released  April 1, 2015
photo of the aurora in green Springtime night lights: Finding the aurora
Aurorasaurus project allows aurora-viewers around the world to compare sightings
Released  March 31, 2015
group of greater mouse-eared bats hanging upside down Hibernation season over, will disease-ridden bats emerge from caves and mines this spring?
White Nose Syndrome now infects bats in several northeastern U.S. states
Released  March 25, 2015
forest Shrinking habitats have adverse effects on world ecosystems--and ultimately people
Extensive study of global habitat fragmentation points to major trouble ahead
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
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
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
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