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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    
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    
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    
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