#NSFfunded researchers at Harvard University have figured out how to turn hydrogen into metal, and that could have a wide range of applications, including as a room-temperature superconductor, MRIs that don’t need to be cooled via helium or more efficient rockets.

Advance in high-pressure physics

A real “spider-man!” #NSFfunded Material Scientist Hannes Schniepp, at the College of William & Mary, studies the venomous recluse spider and its apparently “loopy” spider silk. He recently found that these loops are what make the silk stretchy and strong -- useful features for material in products humans might need or want. More: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo credit: Hannes Schniepp
Wastewater is what gets flushed down the toilet, rinsed down the drain, and produced by places such as factories, workplaces, and homes. Kartik Chandran at Columbia University in the City of New York is changing the perception of wastewater by treating it more efficiently and creating energy from resources found in it.

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The National Medals are the nation's highest honors for scientists, engineers and innovators -- and they're looking for nominations by April 7. Click below for more information and spread the word!

Office of the Director - National Medal of Science | NSF - National Science Foundation

Scientists have discovered a new way of fighting infectious diseases like dengue fever: tracing contacts among people, and targeted insecticide spraying.

Contact tracing and targeted insecticide spraying can curb dengue outbreaks | NSF - National Science Foundation

A new #NSFfunded imaging method uses lasers to create sheets of light in tissue, illuminating neural networks such as the ones in this mouse brain. The tool captures neurons 10 to 100 times faster than previous 3-D microscopy techniques, bringing researchers closer to revealing previously unknown aspects of the brain. #AAASmtg

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Scientists and engineers, including Greg Characklis at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are studying the connections between water, food and energy in the human water cycle to develop new, sustainable ways of meeting our water needs.

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Snow covers some 40% of Earth's land masses year in and year out. And, as scientists are discovering, snow is critical to plants and animals, including us. [ Bit.ly Link ]

Photo credit: Jonathan Pauli
Last year’s very strong El Nino battered the California shore, eroding many of its beaches, scientists have discovered.

Last year's El Niño waves battered California shore to unprecedented degree | NSF - National Science Foundation

A heel-down posture -- a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates – has its advantages, scientists have found.

Flat-footed competitors have fighting advantage | NSF - National Science Foundation

How does the representation of women and minority groups in the science and engineering workforce compare to their representation in the U.S. population? Find out in the 2017 Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report.

NCSES publishes latest Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering report | NSF - National Science Foundation

Tomorrow is the last day to get your #CCIChallenge projects in. Good luck to all! bit.ly/NSFCCIC

Community College Innovation Challenge | NSF - National Science Foundation

Why are roses red and violets blue? To find out, researchers are studying the biochemistry of flower colors. [ Bit.ly Link ] Happy Valentine's Day <3!

Photo credit: Stacey Smith
New #NSFfunded UC Berkeley solar panel technology is engineered to recycle water for many uses, including heat... and here's how they're doing it (hint: in the walls): bit.ly/2kXy0Nz
#NSFfunded researchers are experimenting with a 3D-printed bone that may help treat birth defects.

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Image credit: Adam Jakus/Shah TEAM Lab, Northwestern University
#NSFfunded Northern Illinois University geologist Reed Scherer explains what fossils can tell us about the vulnerability of Antarctic ice sheets. Catch his featured podcast on Science360 Radio: bit.ly/2kuXCAv
A toolkit for transformable materials! These materials would contain within their structures multiple functions, and easily and autonomously switch between them. Learn more in today's Science360 Super Science Show.
Do you remember where you were? A year ago today, we were announcing LIGO Scientific Collaboration's detection of the first gravitational wave.

LIGO Special Report | NSF - National Science Foundation

A "brilliant" new documentary airs this weekend, and NSF's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (still under construction) is set to help illuminate "The dark side of the sun." Check it out on the Discovery Channel Saturday (Feb. 11), or on the Science Channel Sunday (Feb. 12).

'Dark Side of the Sun' Doc Examines the Devastating Threat of Solar Storms

Soil salinization prevents crops from taking up water and nutrients due to an excess of salt in the soil. Meagan Mauter at Carnegie Mellon University is developing technology to monitor salinity levels to allow farmers to make better watering decisions.

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