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Knowledge-Centered Awards Jump Start NSF Focus on I.T. for the 21st Century

Knowledge-Centered Awards Jump Start NSF Focus on I.T. for the 21st Century Bill Noxon The National Science Foundation (NSF) this week awarded $50 million in grants for broad-based research in knowledge and distributed intelligence (KDI). The awards are for projects as varied as knowledge networking in biocomplexity, earthquake computer modeling and case studies in intellectual […]

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New Wave of Graduate Students to Enrich K-12 Classrooms

New Wave of Graduate Students to Enrich K-12 Classrooms Dave Vannier and closing A second wave of partnerships between universities and local K-12 school districts will form as graduate and advanced undergraduate students enter the classroom to teach their younger peers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $30 million in 25 new grants under […]

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Scientists Suggest New Index to Capture “Flavors” of El Niño

Scientists Suggest New Index to Capture “Flavors” of El Niño Cheryl Dybas and closing Just as the Federal Reserve uses more than one index to measure the health and state of the economy, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) believe it is essential to have at least two climate measures to capture […]

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Industry Reports R&D Investments Rose more than Eight Percent in 1999

Industry Reports R&D Investments Rose more than Eight Percent in 1999 Bill Noxon The National Science Foundation (NSF) reports in its latest Survey of Industrial Research and Development (R&D) that U.S.-based firms invested a record amount in R&D during calendar year 1999, reaching a total of $182.8 billion — representing an 8.1% increase over 1998. […]

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Archeologists Find Prehistoric Alaskan Burials At Coastal Village

Archeologists Find Prehistoric Alaskan Burials At Coastal Village Lynn Simarski National Science Foundation-supported archeologists excavating a large prehistoric whaling village at Point Franklin on Alaska’s Arctic coast recently discovered two prehistoric burials, according to Noel Broadbent, program director for Arctic Social Sciences at NSF. The research team leaders, archeologists Glenn Sheehan and Anne Jensen of […]

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Web’s “Best Meta-Search Engine” Organizes Documents from Anywhere in Any Language

Web’s “Best Meta-Search Engine” Organizes Documents from Anywhere in Any Language Dave Hart Industry experts at Search Engine Watch recently named Vivísimo the Web’s Best Meta-Search Engine for its ability to instantly organize search results into a computer-generated “index.” The software behind Vivísimo’s search engine can also be applied to any collection of documents, in […]

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Dinosaurs’ Large Noses May Have Been Key to Physiological Processes National Science Foundation-funded research redefines the extinct creatures’ appearance

Dinosaurs’ Large Noses May Have Been Key to Physiological Processes National Science Foundation-funded research redefines the extinct creatures’ appearance Tom Garritano and closing With only bones for clues, scientists continue to puzzle over many details of dinosaur appearances and physiology. Detective work by a paleontologist at Ohio University now indicates that the creatures’ fleshy nasal […]

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Civilian Aircraft to Evacuate South Pole Patient

Civilian Aircraft to Evacuate South Pole Patient Peter West and closing The projected air route of the Twin Otters that will evacuate Dr. Ronald Shemenski from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. A team of civilian aviators and medical personnel will attempt to evacuate and replace an ailing physician at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, employing small propeller-driven […]

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JumpStart 2000 CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO USE SCIENCE TO IMPROVE LIFE IN NEXT CENTURY

JumpStart 2000 CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO USE SCIENCE TO IMPROVE LIFE IN NEXT CENTURY Bill Line NSF has unveiled a national effort designed to encourage all U.S. students to use science and technology to create real solutions for a better life in the 21st century. JumpStart 2000 is a national science and technology challenge that invites […]

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Photosynthesis in a Beaker: Energy Harnessed From the Sun

Photosynthesis in a Beaker: Energy Harnessed From the Sun Amber Jones The African violet on your windowsill converts sunlight into a high-energy fuel in a complicated, yet very efficient, process that scientists have been unable to duplicate. However, National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported researchers have taken an interim step toward harnessing and storing the energy of […]