NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease

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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

Improving inclusivity for researchers and students

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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

NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is key to gaining a better understanding our nearest star

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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

Supporting the Foundation of Fairness in AI

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

Eating tropical reef fish? Beware of Ciguatera fish poisoning

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

Caramel corn or the sun?

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?

Super solar telescopes, seafloor explorations, human-technology partnerships: NSF looks ahead!

What big breakthroughs or new developments is NSF looking forward to in 2020 and beyond? Here’s what some of our experts had to say … “I have watched in amazement as the cars and trucks I dreamed of driving as a little girl have changed over time. They are loaded with technology that grew from basic … Continue reading Super solar telescopes, seafloor explorations, human-technology partnerships: NSF looks ahead!