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!

The cutting EDGE of genomics

The Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program seeks to deepen our understanding of the relationship between genomes and phenomes Researcher Amy Hastings collects data on milkweed. 2017 EDGE program / Credit: Anurag Agrawal, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University One of the greatest impediments to advancing humankind's understanding of the relationship between genomes and phenomes, … Continue reading The cutting EDGE of genomics