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coffee rust
2014-09-30 07:19:11

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We hope you were able to take advantage of one of the many free National Coffee Day giveaways on Monday, because ecologists at the University of Michigan report that a fungus has been sweeping across plantations in Mexico and Central America, limiting coffee production and forcing price increases in the process. According to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology, which is funding Ivette Perfecto’s...

2014-09-26 16:21:37

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers for Dental Choice, the advocacy wing of the mercury-free dentistry movement, commends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to require dental clinics to install and maintain amalgam separators. "With its proposed rule, EPA is doing its part to reduce dental mercury going into our wastewater. American consumers and American taxpayers salute EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's effort," said Charlie Brown,...

2014-09-25 23:05:27

NSF International survey findings on emerging contaminants reinforce the need for NSF International water quality standard. Emerging contaminants include some prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides, which have been detected at trace levels in drinking water. Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) September 25, 2014 A vast majority (82 percent) of consumers report they are concerned about trace levels of emerging...

food bank
2014-09-24 02:00:30

Matt Shipman, NC State (via NSF) Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms For the past few years, a team of engineers has spent long hours poring over data files and complex computer models. They weren't designing nuclear reactors or high-tech cars--they were using their technology and expertise to improve programs that feed the hungry. Food banks are enormous enterprises, serving as the linchpin...

2014-09-15 16:22:29

HOUSTON, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Linde Process Plants, Inc. (LPP) announced that it will speak at the GasPro North America Conference, September 16-17, 2014. The event will focus on trends, opportunities and challenges in natural gas. This year's conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Houston. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130530/NY23246LOGO-b LPP, a member of the Linde Engineering Division of The Linde Group, is a global leader in the LNG and Natural Gas...

Transformative Science
2014-09-10 03:22:07

National Science Foundation A new public-private partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research is committing $11.5 million towards transformational, theoretical biophysics that could have a significant impact on cancer research and treatment. SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises money for innovative cancer...

Tree swallows
2014-09-10 03:00:47

Jessica Arriens, NSF International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions Ushuaia and Fairbanks are cities near the tips of the world. The capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province and the Alaskan metropolis don't have much in common. Except for a cluster of simple wood boxes on poles, and the scientists and swallows who flock to them. Both animals are part of Golondrinas de las Américas--the Swallows of the Americas, an...

2014-09-09 23:01:14

The University of New England has received an NSF grant to implement a project- and research-oriented curriculum that will involve at least 29 courses and more than 1,600 students. Through the project, UNE undergraduates will work simultaneously on assessing, monitoring and modeling aspects of the Saco River estuary. Students will investigate urban, salt marsh, intertidal and open-water habitats and apply methods of ecology, physiology, molecular biology, botany, zoology, mathematics,...

greater learning gains in traditional science courses
2014-09-05 08:49:29

Brian M. Mullen, Clemson University Students taking traditional, in-class science courses reported higher perceived learning gains than students enrolled in online distance education science courses. Notably, African-American students taking traditional science courses self-reported greater affective and psychomotor learning gains than students taking online science courses. These are the key findings of a new study co-authored by a Clemson University researcher and published in the...

Artist Rendering Dreadnoughtus schrani
2014-09-05 04:58:54

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A gigantic and remarkably complete dinosaur skeleton belongs to a new species that was 85 foot long and weighed a reported 65 tons during its lifetime, according to new research appearing in the September 4 online edition of the journal Scientific Reports. The creature, which has been named Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated, the US National Science Foundation (NSF)...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

National Radio Astronomy Observatory -- The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a research facility of the U.S. National Science Foundation. They provide state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific community. They conceive, design, build, operate and maintain radio telescopes used by scientists from around the world. Scientists use their facilities to study virtually all types of astronomical objects known, from planets and comets in our own Solar...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

National Solar Observatory -- The National Solar Observatory (NSO) has its primary headquarters in Tucson. NSO telescopes on Kitt Peak include the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility containing the world's three largest solar telescopes (1.6-meter main and two 0.9-meter auxiliaries), along with the Vacuum Telescope and the Razdow small solar patrol telescope. The National Solar Observatory also operates telescopes at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, that include the Vacuum Tower...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Cerro Tololo Observatory -- astronomical observatory located on Cerro Tololo peak, Chile, with offices in La Serena, about 40 mi (64 km) to the west. Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), it is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which also operates such other major national observatories as the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. The principal instrument is a 158-in. (4-m) reflecting telescope, the largest in the...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Kitt Peak Observatory -- astronomical observatory located southwest of Tucson, Ariz.; it was founded in 1958 under contract with the National Science Foundation and is administered by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Its principal instrument is the Mayall 158-in. (4-m) reflector. The observatory's equipment also includes 84-in. (2.1 m), 50-in. (1.3-m), 36-in. (0.9-m), and 16-in. (0.4-m) reflecting telescopes as well as a planned 3.5-m telescope. Used for wide...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Arecibo Observatory -- The Arecibo Observatory is part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research center operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF is an independent federal agency whose aim is to promote scientific and engineering progress in the United States. NSF funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Additional support is provided by the National...

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