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Science Nation Science Nation
An online magazine examining the breakthroughs and the possibilities for new discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. Each week, Science Nation takes a dynamic, entertaining look at the research--and the researchers--that will change our lives.
Date Updated: August 7, 2017
Drawing of the sun Solar science: Exploring the power of our closest star
It's the year of the Great American Eclipse--an opportunity to bring "solar science" into the spotlight. As Earth’s nearest star, our energy-rich, brilliant sun and its volatile atmospheric disturbances can interfere with our own planet's power grids and communications systems. But NSF-funded science looks at ways to learn more from the sun and how we can further harness its power...during an eclipse and beyond!
Date Updated: June 29, 2017
generation Nano Challenge Generation Nano Challenge
NSF and NNI aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of nanotechnology and STEM careers in high school students by inviting them to design an original superhero with nanotechnology-enabled gear.
Date Updated: June 6, 2017
Sun illustration April Showers Bring... The Science of Spring
From flowers’ microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by NSF are studying the science of spring. NSF peers into what makes spring such a vibrant--and sometimes dangerous--season.
Date Updated: April 18, 2017
Illustration of water pipes Cleaner water, cleaner future: Engineering new water tech
Engineering researchers are creating new ways to handle drought, chemical spills and water purification. Imagine a clean water future.
Date Updated: February 13, 2017
Logo with words Human Water Cycle in center of a triangle Human Water Cycle
The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, release an original video series exploring the connection between water, food and energy.
Date Updated: February 7, 2017
Snow Let It Snow! The Science of Winter
Snow--that icon of winter--blankets the land with a beautiful silence. We all depend on snow. Our year-round water supply largely comes from snowmelt, and many spring flowers need the nutrients in snow to bloom. Species as small as fungi and as large as moose require snow.
Date Updated: January 13, 2017
Pinwheel shaped icon NSF INCLUDES
NSF INCLUDES is a multi-year initiative designed to help develop collaborative alliances and partnerships in order to create pathways for more people to become scientists and engineers.
Date Updated: December 13, 2016
NSF logo Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research
The National Science Foundation has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds.
Date Updated: December 2, 2016
Predicting Seasonal Weather Predicting Seasonal Weather
Large-scale weather patterns play a large role in controlling seasonal weather. Knowing the conditions of these atmospheric oscillations in advance would greatly improve long-range weather predictions.
Date Updated: October 19, 2016
Community College Innovation Challenge Community College Innovation Challenge
Many real world problems can be solved with STEM-based solutions. NSF invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in this national contest.
Date Updated: October 17, 2016
Nobel Prizes--The NSF Connection Nobel Prizes--The NSF Connection
When a scientist who has received federal funding is awarded the Nobel prize, the public can share both the pride and the research benefits. More than 200 laureates have been supported by the public through NSF.
Date Updated: October 6, 2016
NSF and I-Corps logos. NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
I-Corps offers researchers unique opportunities to learn how to turn discoveries into new technologies and to participate in the national innovation ecosystem.
Date Updated: September 27, 2016
Visualization Challenge Visualization Challenge
Visuals can communicate research results and scientific phenomena in ways that words cannot. That's why NSF cosponsors this international contest to recognize outstanding achievements in this area.
Date Updated: July 6, 2016
Human hand shakes with robot hand A Foundation for Robotics: Designing cooperative, intelligent systems of the future
Long-term federal investments in fundamental science and engineering research has led to novel machines that safely partner with people in nearly every environment.
Date Updated: June 6, 2016
Illustration of NEON sensor networks NEON
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is an NSF-funded large facility project. NEON is a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species on ecology. Learn about NEON and NEON-related research.
Date Updated: March 23, 2016
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