Credit: Branislav Nenin/Shutterstock.com The National Science Foundation is working closely with the research community to bolster our national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). NSF is currently funding 20 research projects across the agency involving COVID-19. With research programs at more than 2,000 academic institutions across the country, we are ready to mobilize the … Continue reading NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease
Research in STEM fields has led to breakthroughs in new technologies and innovations to assist people with disabilities. For disabled scientists, however, there remain barriers to carrying out their research. Visual impairments in particular are a challenge when working in fields that traditionally rely on visualization of graphical data, images or physical structures. How can … Continue reading Improving inclusivity for researchers and students
Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF In March 1989, astronomers could only watch as a vast cloud of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields erupted from the sun, eventually slamming into Earth’s magnetic fields. Satellites in orbit went silent, or worse yet, lost control, as high-energy particles from the “solar storm” blasted their electronics. On Earth, the intense magnetic … Continue reading NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is key to gaining a better understanding our nearest star
Credit: Blake Harvey, NCSA Artificial intelligence is everywhere – in your smartphone, your TV, your social media feed. That can be good. AI can give you everything from improved health care to personalized movie picks. But it also presents challenges, namely ensuring that the AI increasingly present in your life is fair, transparent and accountable. … Continue reading Supporting the Foundation of Fairness in AI
The National Science Foundation will have a big presence at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas this year. NSF’s booth (booth #309) at the Austin Convention Center will feature astronomy, polar and innovation themes, with attendees able to take pictures with a black hole and in front of an Antarctic backdrop wearing … Continue reading See you at South by Southwest!
Tropical toxin may be moving north into the Gulf of Mexico Credit: Laban712 Have a fondness for tropical reef fish for dinner? Beware of Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP), say National Science Foundation-funded scientists. CFP is caused by the consumption of seafood, primarily reef fish, contaminated with ciguatoxins. When people eat these fish, they're exposed to … Continue reading Eating tropical reef fish? Beware of Ciguatera fish poisoning
Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF The new pictures from NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope confirm that the sun is made of caramel corn, right? Well, not quite. Though the likeness is uncanny, the sun is more complex than that. What you see in the solar telescope pictures is called hot plasma, a scorching gas that’s boiling toward the sun’s surface … Continue reading Caramel corn or the sun?