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The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array in New Mexico.

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Nicole Cabrera, a doctoral student in Physics and Astronomy, was recently awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. The prize, which consists of three annual stipends of $30,000, recognizes and will support Cabrera’s ongoing research into exoplanets – planets that revolve around other suns.

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http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503424&org=SBE; national science foundation funding

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A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. New science and technology based on the nanometer refers to the ability to manipulate individual atoms and molecules to build machines on a scale of nanometers or to create materials and structures from the bottom up with novel properties.Nanotechnology, according to the National Science Foundation, could change the way almost everything is designed and made, from automobile tires to vaccines to objects not yet imagined.

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The National Science Foundation/EHR published a User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations, which features an overview of evaluation methods and information on designing and reporting mixed method evaluations.

Legendary radio telescope hangs in the balance US National Science Foundation looks to slash funding for Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory.

DRI scientists studied molecular biology, and evolution of microscopic organisms, in Antarctica. They worked at Palmer Station, Antarctica, The National Science Foundation sponsored the "Collaborative Research: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature" project.

IceCube is a neutrino observatory whose detectors are buried more than a mile below the surface of the South Pole. Image credit: Emanuel Jacobi / National Science Foundation.

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How to See Neutrinos [Illustration by George Retseck; scale icons by Jessica Huppi; photograph courtesy of Reina Maruyama, National Science Foundation; in “Through Neutrino Eyes,” by Graciela B. Gelmini, Alexander Kusenko and Thomas J. Weiler, Scientific American, May 2010]

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First Look at Birthplaces of Most Current Stars http://rgn.bz/fch6 Astronomers have gotten their first look at exactly where most of today’s stars were born. To do so, they used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to look at distant galaxies seen as they were some 10 billion years ago. At that time, the Universe was experiencing its peak rate of star formation. Most stars in the present Universe…