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

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

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

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

Deep Dive with Alvin: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

Don’t even think about bringing the whole family. NSF-funded deep-sea submersible Alvin, allows researchers to observe and collect data for more than two-thirds of the ocean floor. With Alvin’s help, NSF-funded researchers will continue to discover and understand the secrets of the deep. Check out the things you need to know before you go on … Continue reading Deep Dive with Alvin: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

Meeting the power of catastrophic environmental events through education

Doppler radar destroyed by Hurricane Maria / Photo credit: Luis Suárez In 2017, Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico and devastated the island’s infrastructure, causing widespread power and telecommunication outages. The devastation and suffering led faculty at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to brainstorm ways to prevent future damages from natural events such as … Continue reading Meeting the power of catastrophic environmental events through education

NSF-funded researchers well represented among 2019 Nobel prize winners

The 2019 Nobel Prizes have been announced, and, once again, researchers who have received NSF funding are among the Nobel laureates. Half the share of the physics prize went to James Peebles. Two of the three winners in chemistry -- John B. Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham -- have received funding from NSF. And the … Continue reading NSF-funded researchers well represented among 2019 Nobel prize winners