National Science Foundation

5 shameful things Americans don’t know about science

We barely read science news — and when we do, it’s because it fell into our laps. And that can be costly.<p>We don’t have this down to a …

Money

Designing a Better Antarctic Base for Science

The largest community on Antarctica is set for a series of radical upgrades to its decaying infrastructure.<p>Decades after the National Science Foundation took over the old McMurdo Naval base in Antarctica, and five years after design work began, there are renderings of the plan for a new McMurdo.<p>The …

Study suggests tectonic plates began moving half a billion years earlier than thought

The Earth’s history is written in its elements, but as the tectonic plates slip and slide over and under each other over time, they muddy that …

Geology

National Science Foundation gives $1.2 million to bolster high school chemistry in Baltimore

The National Science Foundation is providing $1.2 million to help bolster the chemistry curriculum in Baltimore and transform how it is taught in the …

Education

One Sun, One Moon, One Nation | Dr. Thomas Z

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse across the continental U. S. in almost a century moved our nation to hit the pause button of our hectic …

Total Solar Eclipse

Here's how Barack Obama just surprised hundreds of kids who are learning to code

Former president Barack Obama isn't just spending his post-presidency free time talking to Wall Street or hosting leadership summits. On Monday, he …

Computer Science

In the Arctic, Nebraska scientists set sights on increasing resilience: BTN LiveBIG

As the arctic deals with the effects of climate change and other environmental maladies, help is coming from an unexpected place: Lincoln, …

Sports

Cornell, Carnegie Researchers Aim to Hold Computers Accountable for Their Decisions

Machine Learning<p>A team of researchers led by professors at Cornell University will launch a project designed to ensure that automated decision-making …

Machine Learning

About Understanding Science

About <i>Understanding Science</i><p><b>The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what</b> …

UC Berkeley

Feds award over half a million dollars in grants to study ‘safe zones’ for some LGBTQ students

The National Science Foundation is spending a combined $587,441 of taxpayer money on a joint study called “A Virtual Community of Practice to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion in Engineering.” The research will include an online Safe Zone course that will provide inclusion training to engineering students …

Conservative View

AIGA Design Conference

Elise Roy is a deaf, inclusive design strategist who helps companies analyze problems from the vantage point of people with disabilities. She …

Universal Design

AI 'Gaydar' And How The Future Of AI Will Be Exempt From Ethical Review

Not a week goes by without some new AI development making headlines as deep learning approaches encroach on nearly every imaginable application area. As the accuracy and capability of AI improves, many of these advances are increasingly accompanied with novel ethical challenges that would not have …

Research

Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body

DNA nanorobot cargo carrier (credit: Ella Maru Studio)<p>Caltech scientists have developed a “cargo sorting” DNA nanorobot programmed to autonomously …

DNA

UMBC robotics student invents help for those with disabilities like hers

Kavita Krishnaswamy had labored through seven years of coursework in math and computer sciences to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The …

Education

Caltech researchers have developed robots from a single strand of DNA that could one day work inside the body to deliver medicine.

Credit: Damin LiuJust when you might have thought robots couldn't get any smaller, scientists at the California Institute of Technology announced …

Robots

CCNY-led research team identifies new organelle in parasitic wasp venom

City College of New York biologist Shubha Govind and her research team have identified the composition of "virus-like particles" (VLPs) found in the …

Biology

OESH Shoes Receives NSF Small Business Grant to Finish Development of Pellet

Make room, Wiivv and Feetz, as OESH Shoes joins you in the increasingly-busy 3D printed footwear arena. The Charlottsville, Virginia-based company is …

Shoes

I Was an Exxon-funded Climate Scientist

ExxonMobil's deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false …

Climate

Researchers develop spectroscopic 'science camera' system for smartphones

The latest versions of most smartphones contain at least two and sometimes three built-in cameras. Researchers at the University of Illinois would …

Mobile

Texas A&M awarded $35 million grant to improve diabetes, heart disease monitoring

WASHINGTON — The National Science Foundation has selected Texas A&M University to lead one of its prestigious engineering research centers — part of …

Texas A&M

BU Is Promoting Diversity in STEM Fields

It just got a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.<p>September 12, 2017, 11:01 a.m.<p>Photo via istock.com/asiseeit<p>In 2015, <i>U.S. News and</i> …

Education

Purdue wins $19M federal grant to develop shale-fuel technology

The five-year grant from the National Science Foundation is expected to provide an early boost to Purdue's new engineering research center.

Indianapolis

George Demiris Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

Ron Ozio | ozio@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-898-8658 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 George DemirisGeorge Demiris has been named the University of …

Informatics

Scientists put a ‘smartfin’ on my surfboard. Is it the next wave in ocean monitoring?

At 10:24:05 a.m. on 29 August, I entered the Pacific Ocean, surfboard in hand, at Swami’s, a break near my home in Cardiff, California. I paddled out …

Oceans

Federal government needlessly spends taxpayer dollars asking preschoolers about their gender identity

The National Science Foundation has decided that spending over $130,000 about what kind of gender they feel like is a good idea according to the Free …

Conservative View

University receives $138,000 in federal grant money to study preschoolers’ gender identity

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $130,000 in grant money to a university that plans to study gender identity development in young children between the ages of 4 and 6.<p>NSF, an independent federal agency tasked with promoting the progress of science, gave the $138,000 grant to …

Conservative View

Researchers Built A Printable Random Number Generator

<b>News: Chat with our brand new Curiosity bots! Find us on Facebook Messenger, Skype and Amazon Alexa.</b><p>Here's something you may not know: the most …

Engineering

Budget battle looms for US science programmes

Competing spending priorities in the House of Representative and Senate could push funding negotiations into December.<p>Scientists in the United States …

Washington D.C.

Column: STEM has deep roots in Michigan

Vernon Ehlers, scientist, thinker and representative of his home district in Grand Rapids, Michigan for nearly 20 years, was an extraordinary man. …

Education

Reputation can offset social bias

In a study involving nearly 9,000 Airbnb users, Stanford scholars propose that implementing features that emphasize a user’s reputation can offset …

Stanford University