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Multinational companies perform majority of U.S. business R&D

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Multinational companies perform the majority of all research and development (R&D) done by companies located in the United States, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

In 2010, U.S.-located businesses performed $279 billion in R&D. Seventy-one percent of that, or $197 billion, was performed by the parents of U.S. multinational companies. Their share of ...
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Southwest sliding into a new normal: drier conditions

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

The weather patterns that typically bring moisture to the Southwest are becoming more rare, an indication that the region is sliding into the drier climate state predicted by global models, according to a new study.

"A normal year in the Southwest is now drier than it once was," said Andreas Prein, a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, who led the study. "If you have a drought nowadays, it will be more severe because our base state ...
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The profound power of loneliness

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Depression, dementia and even some useful effects: Research examines how loneliness affects the social human brain
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Feeding birds in your local park? If they're white ibises in Florida, think twice

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

White ibises may transmit diseases like salmonellosis
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NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niño, one of the strongest on record

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

El Niño: What effect will it have on weather, on flooding and landslides, and on economically important coastal ecosystems?

To find answers to these and other questions about the El Niño now underway, the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Directorate for Geosciences has awarded 12 rapid response grants (RAPIDs) for studies on topics from coral reefs, to landslides, to ice cap snow that contains records of past El Niños. More grants will be awarded in coming ...
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Do bigger brains make smarter carnivores?

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Scientists confirm that species with larger brain size are more intelligent
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U.S. R&D increased in 2013, well ahead of the pace of gross domestic product

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

U.S. expenditures in research and development (R&D) rose to $456.1 billion in 2013 -- a $20.7 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

The R&D system in the U.S. includes multiple performers, including businesses, the federal government, non-federal government, universities and colleges, and other ...
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New NSF special report: Let It Snow! The Science of Winter

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Snow -- that icon of winter -- blankets the land with a beautiful silence. Love it or hate it, we all depend on snow. Our year-round water supply largely comes from snowmelt.

But we're not the only ones who need snow.

Species from microscopic fungi to 800-pound-moose require it as much, if not more. They survive the winter by living in nature's igloo: snow.

And spring's profusion of flowers? They're fertilized by nutrients in snow.

If you're planning to skate ...
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Immigrants play increasing role in U.S. science and engineering workforce

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the United States rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. This 10-year increase included significant growth in the number of immigrant scientists and engineers, from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.

Immigrants went from making up 16 percent of the science and engineering workforce to 18 percent, according to a report from the National Science Foundation's National ...
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Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Ice disappears faster in drought years
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Scientists discover how blue and green clays kill bacteria

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

May be new answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections
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After the Lecture

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz on chemistry exploits, chemical 'fossils,' and why fundamental science leads to so many important discoveries
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Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
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Scientists discover that salty sea spray affects clouds

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

All over the planet, every day, oceans send plumes of sea spray into the atmosphere. Beyond the poetry of crashing ocean waves, this salt- and carbon-rich spray also has a dramatic effect on cloud formation and duration.

In a new paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Colorado State University atmospheric scientist Paul DeMott finds that sea spray is a unique, underappreciated source of what are called ice nucleating ...
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Making mobile health effective and secure

NSF Discoveries - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Interdisciplinary project working to design security measures for wearables, hospitals and homes
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Biodiversity Heritage Library Images from the Ernst Mayr Library inspire sculpture.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Images from the Ernst Mayr Library inspire sculpture.

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Discover how artist Emily Williams Sculpture was inspired by BHL images of marine life to produce stunning glass sculptures! http://ow.ly/KcD9lDrawings below (which inspired Emily's work) from "Manuel d'actinologie ou de Zoophytologie," published in 1850 and digitized for BHL by the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University: http://biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/8768All sculpture images copyright Emily Williams.
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Extracting and tagging natural history illustrations.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Thu, 2015-03-12 11:04
Extracting and tagging natural history illustrations.


Zooniverse: Science Gossip - Scientific American
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Help researchers classify Victorian-era science drawings and map the origins of citizen science
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Fascinating and enormous (7 ft) new Ordovician arthropod described.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Thu, 2015-03-12 10:30
Fascinating and enormous (7 ft) new Ordovician arthropod described.


Giant sea creature hints at early arthropod evolution
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Newly discovered fossils of a giant, extinct sea creature show it had modified legs, gills on its back, and a filter system for feeding — providing key evidence about the early evolution of arthropods
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