The GOP Intensifies Its Attacks On The National Science Foundation

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Science Committee on Science, Space and Technology has repeatedly denounced the National Science Foundation for squandering taxpayer money on frivolous research. Now he's gone a step further, demanding personal political scrutiny of peer-reviewed research grants. » 10/13/14 12:12pm 10/13/14 12:12pm

National Science Foundation Researcher Fired For Political Activism

Valerie Barr, a professor of computer science at Union College, decided last summer to take a leave of absence to join the National Science Foundation and help improve science education among undergraduates. But when a background check revealed her involvement in left-wing groups 30 years ago, she was told to leave. » 9/11/14 6:00pm 9/11/14 6:00pm

40% of Americans say astrology is science. Or did they mean astronomy?

In a survey by the National Science Foundation, 40% of Americans said that they believed astrology was a science. But, is the issue not that Americans believe that horoscopes are scientifically defined, but that they simply misheard "astrology" as "astronomy"? » 2/24/14 12:16pm 2/24/14 12:16pm

A quarter of Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth

The U.S. National Science Foundation conducted a survey that revealed only 74% of Americans know that the Earth revolves around the Sun. But wait — there's more. » 2/18/14 3:30pm 2/18/14 3:30pm

How is the sequester affecting science in America?

The Federal Government's budget sequester has left the nation's science and technology funding at its lowest in years. As predicted, labs are ditching projects and scientists; researchers are looking overseas for jobs and funding; health initiatives are being hamstrung; and federal agencies across the board are… » 9/10/13 8:30am 9/10/13 8:30am

The Year's Best Visualizations of Scientific Concepts

Every year for the last decade, the National Science Foundation has teamed up with the journal Science to co-sponsor the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The competition recognizes scientists and artists who use visual media to communicate, and promote the understanding of, scientific… » 1/31/13 12:00pm 1/31/13 12:00pm

Feast your eyes on some of the best scientific art from the past year

Every year, Science Magazine teams up with the National Science Foundation to host the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Participants are asked to enter photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, videos, and even interactive games to be judged on their visual impact and ability to… » 2/03/12 12:02pm 2/03/12 12:02pm

Shortage of icebreaker ships could lose us the race to explore the…

What happens when scientists need supplies, but are hundreds of miles from civilization and surrounded by an 8 foot thick sheet of ice? Billion dollar, specially designed icebreaker ships act as mobile science platforms and make way for supply, personnel, and refueling ships. » 1/06/12 5:00pm 1/06/12 5:00pm

Scientists say they're getting closer to Matrix-style instant learning

What price effortless learning? In a paper published in the latest issue of Science, neuroscientists say they've developed a novel method of learning, that can cause long-lasting improvement in tasks that demand a high level of visual performance. » 12/12/11 11:42am 12/12/11 11:42am

The National Science Foundation is slated to receive a 2.5% increase in…

Congress is expected to approve three spending bills by week's end that would grant the National Science Foundation a 2.5% bump in it's 2012 budget. » 11/16/11 6:30am 11/16/11 6:30am

Self-Assembling Polymers, And Other Best Science Images Of The Year

The National Science Foundation has announced the winners of its 2009 "Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge," and there are some seriously gorgeous, weird pictures in the mix. Check out some of our favorites. » 2/20/10 4:56pm 2/20/10 4:56pm