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

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!

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