New technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. [ Link ]

Photo credit: Boubacar Kante, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC San Diego
You sent us your nano questions, and we answered! What is the nanoscale and do nanomaterials exist in history? Watch the video to find out!

Get inspired by #GenNano’s Ask a Scientist series! See [ Link ] to register for our Create-Your-Own Superhero competition. Due 1/31
The USCGC Polar Star has arrived at McMurdo Station, after breaking a channel through the sea ice of McMurdo Sound, signaling the beginning of the complex annual process by which supplies and fuel are delivered to keep two of the U.S. Antarctic Program's three year-round stations running.

Check it out at the McMurdo Webcam: [ Link ]. The image, under the tab McMurdo Pier Camera, is...
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A 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks: [ Link ]

Photo credit: University of Chicago
Caribou are found in the northern regions of North America, Europe, Asia and Greenland. As the summer months approach, caribou herds head north in one of the world's great large-animal migrations. [ Link ]

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This #MLK day, give back to the community! Participate in one of these citizen science projects:

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Only one month left to submit your #CCIChallenge project. Time to rally, teams!
We're so excited about the responses we received during this week's nomination drive for extraordinary STEM teachers -- but it's not over yet! This weekend, nominate a deserving 7th-12th grade teacher for #PAEMST.

Below are two (fake but still cute) zebrafish. One's motion is based on real experimental data, while the other's is based on simulated data. Can you guess which is the simulated data in this new 3D model?

Video credit: NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Do you know a grade 7-12 STEM teacher who raises the bar for great education - who constantly goes the extra mile for their students? Join the nomination drive TODAY for #PAEMST 2017, the country's highest award for STEM teachers! Nominating a great teacher only takes a minute! [ Link ]
Does cloud seeding work to produce snow? In a new project, #NSFfunded scientists have taken to the skies above snowy Idaho to find out. [ Link ]

Photo credit: Derek Blestrud, Idaho Power Company
NSF Director France Córdova was honored with the Durand medal at the 2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition. Learn more here: [ Link ]

Thanks AIAA - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for the invitation!

2017 SciTech Forum and Exposition
“Native students often feel isolated and estranged at college." Learn how mentoring can help. Check out the latest newsletter from the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). #mentoringmonth

Successful Practices: Lighting STEM Pathways for Native Americans | paesmem
Optogenetics is a revolutionary new research technique that enables scientists to use light to precisely control the activity of neurons in the brain. More: [ Link ]

Credit: Ed Boyden and Massachusetts Institute of Technology McGovern Institute
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (#PAEMST) is kicking off the 2017 Nomination Drive! If you know a 7-12th STEM educator who goes above and beyond in the classroom, nominate them for this prestigious award! Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip to DC, and $10,000 from NSF. If there’s a deserving teacher in your community, now is...
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Have you worked to create opportunities in STEM fields for under-represented populations? Interested in submitting a proposal for NSF INCLUDES, our big idea for broadening participation in STEM? Register for tomorrow's free webinar: [ Link ]
How long does it take bat species to recover from extinction? 8 million years, scientists have found. Learn why:

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There’s still time! Get inspired by #GenNano’s Ask a Scientist series! See [ Link ] to register for the competition! Due on January 31.
Nanomaterials, both natural and human-made, are literally everywhere, from our personal care products to our building materials--we're even eating and drinking them. Watch and share how the #NSFfunded Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology - CEINT is researching their impact on living things:
It's National Mentoring Month! Celebrate those mentors that teach new skills and help young people to persevere and thrive. And find opportunities to serve as a mentor at

Presidential Proclamation -- National Mentoring Month, 2017