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The secrets 🤫 beneath a volcano... Geologists have found that volcanoes that produce small basaltic lava eruptions, hide chemically diverse molten rock in their underground plumbing systems -- incl some with the potential to generate explosive activity.
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National Science Foundation Aug 10
✋ if Ms. Frizzle is the reason you love science!
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WIRED Aug 8
This isn't popcorn. It's the highest resolution image of the Sun’s surface ever taken. Each one of these cells is hot plasma about the size of Texas: Credit: NSO/AURA/
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National Science Foundation Aug 8
The ancient Japanese art form, origami, may advance products from soft robotics to medical devices to energy harvesters. More on this research ⬇️
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National Science Foundation Aug 7
You're going to live in a quantum future. But we still need to solve some big questions before a world powered by quantum technology is a reality. Read how NSF is paving the way:
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National Science Foundation Aug 7
Penguins travel 60 miles from breeding grounds to hunt preferred prey 🐧 A new study led by provides some of the most comprehensive evidence to date of the lengths penguins will go for a meal. Check it out 👇
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International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration Aug 7
Thwaites-Explorer is an online interactive tool for web browsers; exploring and learning about why it is the focus of research in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. Take a quick video tour of the web app:
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National Science Foundation Aug 6
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Balskus and her team have found novel, creative ways to “peek inside” the genome sequences who exist in our gastrointestinal tract to discover chemical reactions & molecules that are implicated in diseases like colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease & diabetes.
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National Science Foundation Aug 6
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Dabiri’s research focuses on how fluid dynamics affect biological systems. He found a connection between the water wake produced by swimmers like jellyfish & this shrimp👇 and the human heart pumps.
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National Science Foundation Aug 5
Quantum tech will transform our world. Today’s students need to tackle new knowledge & think in new ways, a quantum gen w the intuition to solve problems no one can yet imagine. Today, we joined in announcing a national ed quantum partnership:
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National Science Foundation Aug 5
A chemist who is looking at microbes to understand their influence on human lives and an engineer who looks to animals to build better wind turbines and other technology... Congrats to the 2020 winners Emily Balskus and John O. Dabiri 🎉
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National Science Foundation Aug 4
A new image of RU Lup, a young variable star in the Lupus constellation, revealed a giant set of spiral arms made of gas. Large spiral structure (in blue), made out of gas, that spans far beyond the compact dust disk (red).
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National Science Foundation Aug 4
Sustainable, widespread charging systems for electric vehicles... cryogenics that can "stop-time" for organs & tissue... quantum networking tech... agriculture that grows more w less water. Big goals that NSF's new engineering research ctrs are taking on
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Corey S. Powell Aug 2
Astronomers may have found the youngest neutron star ever observed--just 33 years old!--embedded within the remains of a supernova that lit up our skies in 1987.
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National Science Foundation Aug 4
Have questions about black holes, wormholes... the universe? 🌌 NSF's astrophysicist and enthusiast Dr. Joe will be taking your questions on an ask-me-anything on all week!
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National Science Foundation Aug 3
We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the Presidential Excellence Awards in science, math, and engineering. 🎉 These extraordinary teachers and mentors were awarded today in a virtual ceremony:  
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Green Bank Observatory Aug 2
We're offering free virtual tours starting this Friday, August 7th, at 1p.m. EST. Registration is required to keep the group size small and allow for conversation and questions. Don't lose your spot, sign up today! Visit our Event calendar to register
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National Science Foundation Jul 31
Oh..... My......Gami⁉️ Learn more about how origami research and other projects are breaking traditional boundaries to transform -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- into STEAM!
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National Science Foundation Jul 31
Scientists discovered a new native Hawaiian land snail species, the first in 60 years 🤯 The discovery of the small, candy-striped snail 🐌 is a rare, hopeful note in a story rife with extinction. 📸: Kenneth Hayes & Norine Yeung
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National Science Foundation Jul 30
We’ve all heard the talk about left-brain versus right-brain. But do we know where in the brain does creativity come from? scientists at explain ⬇️
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