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Partnership-Planning Grant Awarded By NSF To Thirty Meter Telescope
2013-03-18 15:03:31

Thirty Meter Telescope Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a cooperative agreement to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory Corporation to explore a potential partnership between the organizations. The award is a milestone for the TMT project, initiating a broad dialog between TMT, the NSF and the United States' astronomical community. The partnership-planning award also paves the way for the NSF to confer with TMT's international partners. "The NSF award is a...

Dr. Malcolm Smith Receives IDA David Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award
2012-09-04 07:31:29

On August 29th, the lights went off and the stars turned on during a special event at Beijing Planetarium. As part of the meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Dr. Malcolm Smith, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) was honored for his long and substantial contributions to light pollution abatement on behalf of astronomical observatories and the community at large. Dr. David Silva (NOAO Director) and Bob Parks (International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director)...

2012-08-17 08:00:51

Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have made a preliminary examination of the report released today from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Astronomy Portfolio Review Committee (PRC). Among the recommendations of that report are that the NSF´s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) be fully divested from the NSF Astronomy Division´s portfolio of research facilities in the next five years, with no...

2011-09-28 08:00:05

Twenty-one NSF-funded, NSF-nominated researchers are among the 94 scientists and engineers to receive the Administration's highest honor for early career research and outreach President Barack Obama on Monday announced the names of 94 women and men who will receive the United States government's highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers--the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The National...

SkyNet: We Want Your PC Power
2011-09-13 09:28:47

  A community computing science initiative was officially launched Tuesday morning at Curtin University of Australia, seeking the help of PC users around the world to contribute spare CPU cycles as part of theSkyNet project to further the science of radio astronomy, reports BBC News. The initiative was put into place by the Hon. John Day, Western Australia´s Minister for Science and Innovation. TheSkyNet project is sponsored by the WA Department of Commerce and developed by...

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2011-08-16 13:45:00

NASA announced on Monday that the space agency's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the first-ever cosmic detection of graphene. The material is strong and thin and conducts electricity as well as copper.  It is arranged like chicken wire in flat sheets that are one atom thick. NASA said some believe it is the "material of the future," and could one day have applications in computers, screens on electronic devices, solar panels and more. Researchers are interested in learning more...

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2011-08-12 05:40:00

VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South. Millions of years later these two spirals will merge -- much like the Milky Way and Andromeda will likely do billions of years from now. Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) are shown here along with optical data from the...

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2011-05-26 13:50:00

US Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) on Thursday released a new report that raises questions regarding the National Science Foundation's (NSF) priorities and management of funds for seemingly unneeded research. His report -- "The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope" -- identifies more than $1.2 billion the NSF has lost due to waste, fraud, duplication and mismanagement and an additional $1.7 billion in unspent funds. The report, obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows that...

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2011-05-10 09:38:23

Primary coordination point for EarthScope science, education and outreach activities The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.4 million to Arizona State University (ASU) to serve as the next host for the EarthScope National Office. The national office fosters and supports integrated science, education and outreach, and related activities for EarthScope scientists. EarthScope is an NSF-funded Earth science program that explores the four-dimensional structure of the North American...

2011-03-15 15:18:10

Brown University biologist uses sophisticated genomic and computational techniques in a study of deep-sea creatures to examine the origins of a diversity of life The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named its awardee for this year's Alan T. Waterman Award: Casey Dunn, a biologist at Brown University. Dunn's work involves genome analyses to better understand relationships between groups of animals.  He investigates the origins of biological complexity through work with deep-sea...