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New NSF awards support the creation of bio-based semiconductors

programmable DNA

To address a globe need for data storage that far outstrips today’s capabilities, federal agencies & a technology research consortium are investing $12 million in new research through the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Processing & Storage Technologies (SemiSynBio) program. The goal is to create storage systems that integrate synthetic biology with semiconductor technology.

SemiSynBio, a partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) & the

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NSF-supported researchers to present new results on hurricanes & other extreme events

Satellite view of hurricanes off the US East Coast and in the Caribbean.

In the past year, extreme events — including hurricanes, droughts and wildfires — have plagued the U.S., affecting natural habitats and human communities.

The theme of the 2018 Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting reflects the importance of these natural disasters. Conference participants will present the latest research findings on “extreme events, resilience & human well-being.”

The meeting takes place

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Federal Funds for Research & Development: Fiscal Years 2016-17

This set of detailed tables present data on the research & development obligations and outlays of federal agencies. Obligations are provided by type of work (basic research, applied research, development, & R&D plant), agency, field of science or engineering (for research only), geographic area, & performer. These data, collected by the Survey of Federal Funds for Research & Development, are the primary source of information about federal funding for R&D in the United States.

Neutrino observation points to one source of high-energy cosmic rays

IceCube Neutrino Observatory from artist representation

Observations made by researchers using a National Science Foundation (NSF) detector at the South Pole & verified by ground- & space-based telescopes have produced the first evidence of one source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos. These ghostly subatomic particles can travel unhindered for billions of light-years, journeying to Earth from some of the most extreme environments in the universe.

Data gathered by NSF’s IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the foundation’s Amundsen-Scott

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STEM Education Advisory Panel announced

The acronym STEM with corresponding icons

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA & the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific & technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American Innovation & Competitiveness Act.

Gabriela Gonzalez, deputy director of the Intel Foundation, Intel Corporation, will chair the new STEM Education

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