National Science Foundation

Nsf Grant Unites Cross-campus Researchers To Study And Optimize Flying Robots

Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently received a $389,919 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate, explore and innovate new flying mechanisms for micro air vehicles (MAVs) to better mimic...
Related topics: Robots

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House Dems Up Funding For Science Agencies, Ignoring Proposed Trump Cuts

House Democrats on Thursday released a spending bill that would give an additional $561 million to the National Science Foundation (NSF), an office President Trump proposed cutting by $1 billion, or approximately 12 percent.The NSF is the...

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Scientists May Have Detected ‘violent’ Black Hole-neutron Star Collision

Scientists may have detected a “violent” collision between a neutron star and a black hole, however, they are not sure what sparked this mysterious space occurrence. On April 25, the National Science Foundation’s […] The post...
Related topics: Black Holes, Neutron Stars

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Ligo And Virgo Detect Neutron Star Smash-ups

The following press release was issued jointly today by the LIGO Laboratory, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and Virgo Collaboration. On April 25, 2019, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)...
Related topics: Neutron Stars, Laser

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Fiber-guided Atoms Preserve Quantum States—clocks, Sensors To Come

An atomic clock based on a fountain of atoms. (credit: National Science Foundation) One of light’s most redeeming features is that it can be guided in optical fibers with very little change to its properties. In terms of quantum information...
Related topics: Optical Fibers, Quantum, Physics

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Astronomers Just Captured The First Image Of A Black Hole. Here Are The Horrifying Things That...

Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, according to the National Science Foundation.  If you've ever wondered what would happen if you fell into to a black hole, we've covered all the...
Related topics: Space, Black Holes, Telescopes

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Vla Makes First Direct Image Of Key Feature Of Powerful Radio Galaxies

Astronomers used the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to make the first direct image of a dusty, doughnut-shaped feature surrounding the supermassive black hole at the core of one of the most powerful radio...
Related topics: Galaxies, Space, Black Holes

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Ligo To Resume Its Nobel-winning Hunt For Gravitational Waves

The hunt for gravitational waves is back on. After a series of upgrades, the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) will resume its search for ripples in space and time on Monday, April 1. The post...
Related topics: Laser

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House Dems, Gop Slam Trump's Proposed Nsf Cuts

House Democrats and Republicans found common ground Tuesday in denunciating President Trump’s proposed 12 percent cut to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the country’s leading backer of non-medical research.“Why would anyone in the world...

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Astronomers Spot ‘cannonball Pulsar’ Hurtling Through Space

Astronomers discovered a “cannonball pulsar” speeding through space at almost 2.5 million miles per hour using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space...
Related topics: Space, Pulsars, Scientific Discoveries, NASA, Telescopes

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Antarctica's Aging Mcmurdo Station Is Getting A Major Overhaul

After more than 60 years, McMurdo Station, Antarctica’s main research center, is set to begin its first major infrastructure update. In February, the National Science Foundation got the green light to start construction on the so-called Antarctica...
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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The Perils Of Upgrading A Particle Detector Buried In Antarctic Ice

Enlarge / IceCube scientist Delia Tosi (right) and engineer Perry Sandstrom (left) install a prototype power and communications junction box at the South Pole. (credit: John Kelley / National Science Foundation) The IceCube neutrino detector was...
Related topics: Physics, Antarctic, Neutrinos

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National Science Foundation Preparing For Another Government Shutdown

As the National Science Foundation (NSF) recovers from a five-week partial government shutdown, the agency is already starting preparations for another potential shutdown.

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Unusual Supernova Opens A Rare Window On The Collapse Of A Star

An unusual supernova studied by multiple telescopes, including the SOAR telescope and other telescopes at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and NSF's Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), is...
Related topics: Supernova, Telescopes, Space

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A Survey Machine And A Data Trove: Dark Energy Survey's Rich Legacy

On the night of Jan. 9, 2019, the V. M. Blanco 4-meter telescope at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), high in the mountains of Chile, will close the camera's shutter on the final image from the...
Related topics: Polls, Telescopes, Space

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Nasa Obtains Detailed Images Of Near-earth Asteroid To Understand Orbit [photo]

NASA is one step closer to understanding the nature of a near-Earth asteroid with the help of radar images obtained of the rock with the combined efforts of the space agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Related topics: NASA, Space, Asteroids, Science Photos

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Upwind Wind Plants Can Reduce Flow To Downwind Neighbors

New National Science Foundation and Department of Energy-funded research highlights a previously unexplored consequence of the global proliferation of wind energy facilities: a wake effect from upwind facilities that can reduce the energy production...

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Two Technicians Die At Us Research Station In Antarctica

Two technicians performing maintenance at a U.S. research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The pair, both...
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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Chaminade University Adds Data Science Major

Chaminade University said it will add data science to its list of majors, beginning in the fall of 2019. Chaminade said the program is the first of its kind in Hawaii and was started with funding support by the National Science Foundation. “The...

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A $7,000 'disaster Suitcase' Could Provide Internet Access To Rural Areas And Places Hit By Natural...

Internet connectivity can fail when natural disasters strike, and it is not available in some rural areas to begin with. Since early 2017, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have partnered for the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society...

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