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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.   Updated
Date Updated: December 5, 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
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: October 3, 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
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: May 31, 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
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: March 22, 2016
Science of Innovation logo Science of Innovation (2016)
From 3-D bioprinting that could one day generate heart tissue to origami-inspired structures built for medicine and space exploration, a new set of educational videos continues an exploration begun in 2013 inside the creative process that leads to innovation.
Date Updated: February 18, 2016
Still from animation of merger of two black holes LIGO: Einstein Was Right
A century ago, Albert Einstein predicted gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of space-time that result from the universe's most violent phenomena. A hundred years later, NSF-funded researchers using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) have detected gravitational waves.
Date Updated: February 11, 2016
Student and teacher Computer Science Is for All Students
NSF-funded research is building the necessary foundations for implementing rigorous and engaging computer science education. A wide range of resources, including instructional materials and support for teachers and schools, have been prototyped across the U.S.
Date Updated: January 30, 2016
Nanotechnology: Super Small Science Nanotechnology: Super Small Science
A six-part video series howing how atoms and molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair can be used as building blocks to create future technology.
Date Updated: January 25, 2016
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, 2016
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