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News Release 10-027

National Science Board Urges Action to Sustain U.S. Leadership in Science and Engineering Research

Board releases companion piece to Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 which outlines recommendations for growing world S&E capacity, and an interactive tool, enabling state data comparison

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Cover design for the NSB's companion piece which is based on two images of turbulence.

The cover design is based on two images of turbulence. The upper image is a computer-simulated visualization of Mach 1 homogeneous turbulence, which also is the featured image on the cover of Science and Engineering Indicators 2010. The lower picture is a photograph capturing the aurara borealis over the South Pole Station, a natural phenomenon also reflecting turbulence. Turbulence and plasma waves in Earth's magnetosphere produce electromagntetic structures that accelerate charged particles. These highly energized particles enter the upper atmosphere and interact with neutral gases at altitudes of approximately 100 kilometers above Earth's surface, generating rapidly changing streamers of light called the aurora.

Credit: Cover Design: James Caras, NSF. Lower Image: Patrick Cullis, NSF. Upper Image: Paul Woodward, Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

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