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06/11/2021
MINIONs

One researcher and her MINIONs set out ๐Ÿšข to understand how organic carbon, produced at the surface by phytoplankton, eventually reaches the deep sea ๐ŸŒŠ.

Based on research by Dr. Melissa Omand, University of Rhode Island.

Watch ๐Ÿ‘€ โฌ‡๏ธ

Nearly 97 percent of the water on ๐ŸŒ Earth is in its oceans. They affect the weather โ›…, atmosphere, where people live ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ,...
06/08/2021
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Nearly 97 percent of the water on ๐ŸŒ Earth is in its oceans. They affect the weather โ›…, atmosphere, where people live ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ, what they eat, and countless other aspects of life.

But there is still much to discover about the โ€œSeven Seas.โ€ Scientists supported by NSF are putting together a mosaic that reveals how the ๐ŸŒŠ seas and the blue planet work: https://bit.ly/3w7XmMo.

#WorldOceansDay

Looking for something to watch ๐Ÿ‘€ tonight? Check out โ€œThe Edge of All We Knowโ€ on Netflixโ€” featuring NSF's historic annou...
06/07/2021

Looking for something to watch ๐Ÿ‘€ tonight?

Check out โ€œThe Edge of All We Knowโ€ on Netflixโ€” featuring NSF's historic announcement of the first #realblackhole image: http://nsf.gov/blackholes.

Go behind the scenes to see how the Event Horizon Telescope team got the photo ๐Ÿ“ธ and what they learned!

Looking for something to watch ๐Ÿ‘€ tonight?

Check out โ€œThe Edge of All We Knowโ€ on Netflixโ€” featuring NSF's historic announcement of the first #realblackhole image: http://nsf.gov/blackholes.

Go behind the scenes to see how the Event Horizon Telescope team got the photo ๐Ÿ“ธ and what they learned!

How are young stars โœจborn?  Scientists using NSFโ€™s Very Large Array have made the most detailed image yet of jets shooti...
06/04/2021

How are young stars โœจborn?

Scientists using NSFโ€™s Very Large Array have made the most detailed image yet of jets shooting from a massive young star. This could shed new light on how protostars of different masses form and behave: https://bit.ly/3fRtEpn. #ScienceFriday

Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF

How are young stars โœจborn?

Scientists using NSFโ€™s Very Large Array have made the most detailed image yet of jets shooting from a massive young star. This could shed new light on how protostars of different masses form and behave: https://bit.ly/3fRtEpn. #ScienceFriday

Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF

This summer, fuel the love of STEM and innovation in your rising 6 โ€“ 9 graders with this free #NSFfunded program: https:...
06/02/2021

This summer, fuel the love of STEM and innovation in your rising 6 โ€“ 9 graders with this free #NSFfunded program: https://bit.ly/34DGLnG.

TeachHouston's virtual initiative, STEM Interactive, kicks off June 14. The two-week virtual program features fun #STEM activities daily that participants can do with everyday household items.

Ready to get interactive? Reserve your spot today!

This summer, fuel the love of STEM and innovation in your rising 6 โ€“ 9 graders with this free #NSFfunded program: https://bit.ly/34DGLnG.

TeachHouston's virtual initiative, STEM Interactive, kicks off June 14. The two-week virtual program features fun #STEM activities daily that participants can do with everyday household items.

Ready to get interactive? Reserve your spot today!

Today we honor the bravest among us. This #MemorialDay2021, take a moment to remember the selfless men and women who ser...
05/31/2021

Today we honor the bravest among us.

This #MemorialDay2021, take a moment to remember the selfless men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. Thank you โค๏ธ ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ’™

Today we honor the bravest among us.

This #MemorialDay2021, take a moment to remember the selfless men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. Thank you โค๏ธ ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ’™

Hey graduate students, take some time this summer to hone your #science communication skills with this free #NSFfunded c...
05/28/2021

Hey graduate students, take some time this summer to hone your #science communication skills with this free #NSFfunded course https://bit.ly/3i5YeNH.

SCOPE (Science Communication Online Programme) introduces effective science communication to #STEM graduate students who donโ€™t have access to live, in-person training.

Register today for the upcoming June 2021 session.

Hey graduate students, take some time this summer to hone your #science communication skills with this free #NSFfunded course https://bit.ly/3i5YeNH.

SCOPE (Science Communication Online Programme) introduces effective science communication to #STEM graduate students who donโ€™t have access to live, in-person training.

Register today for the upcoming June 2021 session.

Turn #lunchtime into learn time with Chef Koochooloo ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ (and friends!) https://bit.ly/2RMExzB. This fun #NSFfunded app ...
05/25/2021

Turn #lunchtime into learn time with Chef Koochooloo ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ (and friends!) https://bit.ly/2RMExzB.

This fun #NSFfunded app brings families together in the kitchen for a magical culinary journey that will take you around the globe ๐ŸŒ exploring new dishes while enhancing #science โš›๏ธ, technology, engineering, and art ๐ŸŽจ skills.

Ready to get cooking? Download โฌ‡๏ธ the app today on your favorite Apple or Android device ๐Ÿ“ฑ.

Turn #lunchtime into learn time with Chef Koochooloo ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ (and friends!) https://bit.ly/2RMExzB.

This fun #NSFfunded app brings families together in the kitchen for a magical culinary journey that will take you around the globe ๐ŸŒ exploring new dishes while enhancing #science โš›๏ธ, technology, engineering, and art ๐ŸŽจ skills.

Ready to get cooking? Download โฌ‡๏ธ the app today on your favorite Apple or Android device ๐Ÿ“ฑ.

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all the fantastic teachers selected as Presidential Awardee finalists!Being selected as a finalist ...
05/20/2021

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all the fantastic teachers selected as Presidential Awardee finalists!

Being selected as a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ is a tremendous honor, and you should be proud of this accomplishment.

Learn more about this yearโ€™s finalist here โžก๏ธ http://bit.ly/PAEMST_FINALIST #PAEMST

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all the fantastic teachers selected as Presidential Awardee finalists!

Being selected as a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ is a tremendous honor, and you should be proud of this accomplishment.

Learn more about this yearโ€™s finalist here โžก๏ธ http://bit.ly/PAEMST_FINALIST #PAEMST

They're making their brief appearance over the next few weeks, but #cicadas have a lasting impact on our lives ๐Ÿคฏ Here ar...
05/19/2021

They're making their brief appearance over the next few weeks, but #cicadas have a lasting impact on our lives ๐Ÿคฏ

Here are 5๏ธโƒฃ surprising ways cicadas make excellent research subjects โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3ymqFwr.

#BroodX

They're making their brief appearance over the next few weeks, but #cicadas have a lasting impact on our lives ๐Ÿคฏ

Here are 5๏ธโƒฃ surprising ways cicadas make excellent research subjects โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3ymqFwr.

#BroodX

05/13/2021
Scientist Selfie: Martin Wolf and Josh Veitch-Michaelis

Follow Martin and Josh to #Antarctica! They will take you on a tour of NSF's IceCube Neutrino Observatory. โ„๏ธ

This unique telescope is deployed deep in the Antarctic ice (1.4 to 2.4 km deep!). It looks over the entire universe detecting massless subatomic particles called neutrinos coming through Earth from the Northern skies and around the Southern skies.

๐Ÿ“ข The #STEM for All video showcase is now open!  Stop by and browse the gallery of three-minute videos highlighting the ...
05/11/2021

๐Ÿ“ข The #STEM for All video showcase is now open!

Stop by and browse the gallery of three-minute videos highlighting the positive side of STEM learning and teaching. Sign up today to start viewing ๐Ÿ‘€: https://bit.ly/3et3nNg.

Don't forget to comment and โœ… vote on your favorite videos. #STEMvideohall

๐Ÿ“ข The #STEM for All video showcase is now open!

Stop by and browse the gallery of three-minute videos highlighting the positive side of STEM learning and teaching. Sign up today to start viewing ๐Ÿ‘€: https://bit.ly/3et3nNg.

Don't forget to comment and โœ… vote on your favorite videos. #STEMvideohall

Happy #MothersDay to all the incredible mothers out there ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ“ท : A newborn Weddell seal pup bonds with its mother. The se...
05/09/2021

Happy #MothersDay to all the incredible mothers out there ๐Ÿ’ž

๐Ÿ“ท : A newborn Weddell seal pup bonds with its mother. The seal pup will stay with its mother for a little over a month until it learns to swim and is weaned from its mother's milk.

Taken by: Mike Lucibella

Happy #MothersDay to all the incredible mothers out there ๐Ÿ’ž

๐Ÿ“ท : A newborn Weddell seal pup bonds with its mother. The seal pup will stay with its mother for a little over a month until it learns to swim and is weaned from its mother's milk.

Taken by: Mike Lucibella

They say teaching is the one profession that creates all the others. On #TeacherAppreciationDay, we applaud educators ev...
05/04/2021

They say teaching is the one profession that creates all the others.

On #TeacherAppreciationDay, we applaud educators everywhere for the invaluable work you do every day to create a better future for all of us.

Weโ€™re proud to fund professional development opportunities, #STEM research, and resources that support you in the classroom โ€” whether in person or virtually: https://bit.ly/3xKbv3M.

They say teaching is the one profession that creates all the others.

On #TeacherAppreciationDay, we applaud educators everywhere for the invaluable work you do every day to create a better future for all of us.

Weโ€™re proud to fund professional development opportunities, #STEM research, and resources that support you in the classroom โ€” whether in person or virtually: https://bit.ly/3xKbv3M.

It's Fffffffffrrrrrrriiiiiddddddaaaayyyyy!This weekend, hang out with some of our flightless friends with these #NSFfund...
04/30/2021

It's Fffffffffrrrrrrriiiiiddddddaaaayyyyy!

This weekend, hang out with some of our flightless friends with these #NSFfunded activities: https://bit.ly/3nCgqPm.

๐Ÿ“ธ: Laura Gerwin

It's Fffffffffrrrrrrriiiiiddddddaaaayyyyy!

This weekend, hang out with some of our flightless friends with these #NSFfunded activities: https://bit.ly/3nCgqPm.

๐Ÿ“ธ: Laura Gerwin

It's one of the most profound questions of all ๐Ÿค” โ€” how did life on #Earth ๐ŸŒŽ begin?Now, researchers are working to chip a...
04/28/2021

It's one of the most profound questions of all ๐Ÿค” โ€” how did life on #Earth ๐ŸŒŽ begin?

Now, researchers are working to chip away at the question, with support from NSF. Watch โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3t3fbKe.

It's one of the most profound questions of all ๐Ÿค” โ€” how did life on #Earth ๐ŸŒŽ begin?

Now, researchers are working to chip away at the question, with support from NSF. Watch โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3t3fbKe.

It's #WorldPenguinDay ๐Ÿง!Who can name these 4๏ธโƒฃ species of #penguins? Test your knowledge and leave your answers in the c...
04/25/2021

It's #WorldPenguinDay ๐Ÿง!

Who can name these 4๏ธโƒฃ species of #penguins? Test your knowledge and leave your answers in the comment section below โฌ‡๏ธ.

Continue the fun with these #NSFfunded activities that the whole family can enjoy: https://bit.ly/3esXxuc.

It's #WorldPenguinDay ๐Ÿง!

Who can name these 4๏ธโƒฃ species of #penguins? Test your knowledge and leave your answers in the comment section below โฌ‡๏ธ.

Continue the fun with these #NSFfunded activities that the whole family can enjoy: https://bit.ly/3esXxuc.

Books ๐Ÿ“š are a great way to bring #STEM concepts to life for young learners ๐Ÿง’ ๐Ÿ‘ง.On #worldbookday, inspire a love โค๏ธ of re...
04/23/2021

Books ๐Ÿ“š are a great way to bring #STEM concepts to life for young learners ๐Ÿง’ ๐Ÿ‘ง.

On #worldbookday, inspire a love โค๏ธ of reading (and STEM!) with these #NSFfunded stories:
https://bit.ly/3eqnMS1. Perfect for readers age 8 and up.

Books ๐Ÿ“š are a great way to bring #STEM concepts to life for young learners ๐Ÿง’ ๐Ÿ‘ง.

On #worldbookday, inspire a love โค๏ธ of reading (and STEM!) with these #NSFfunded stories:
https://bit.ly/3eqnMS1. Perfect for readers age 8 and up.

04/22/2021
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Explained

Letโ€™s talkโ€ฆtrash?? ๐Ÿšฎ

#Citizenscience leader Julia Parrish explains how ๐ŸŒŠocean debris moves around in the Pacific Ocean and the #science that is helping to track it.

This #EarthDay2021, get inspired by the people and science helping us understand and take care of our planet ๐ŸŒ: https://bit.ly/3emyn0h.

Spice up your #EarthDay2021 activities in your classroom or at home ๐Ÿก with this #NSFfunded activity: https://bit.ly/3n6h...
04/21/2021

Spice up your #EarthDay2021 activities in your classroom or at home ๐Ÿก with this #NSFfunded activity: https://bit.ly/3n6hOJX.

Send your young scientists on a journey into planet Earth ๐ŸŒŽ โ€” from the crust to the inner core โ€” to learn about the layers that make up our amazing planet and how each one is beneficial to our world.

An adventure fit for learners ages 8 and โฌ†๏ธ.

Spice up your #EarthDay2021 activities in your classroom or at home ๐Ÿก with this #NSFfunded activity: https://bit.ly/3n6hOJX.

Send your young scientists on a journey into planet Earth ๐ŸŒŽ โ€” from the crust to the inner core โ€” to learn about the layers that make up our amazing planet and how each one is beneficial to our world.

An adventure fit for learners ages 8 and โฌ†๏ธ.

ANYONE can be a citizen scientist ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ. Yes, that means YOU.And on #EarthDay2021, NSF will explain how in an upcoming pan...
04/20/2021

ANYONE can be a citizen scientist ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ. Yes, that means YOU.

And on #EarthDay2021, NSF will explain how in an upcoming panel discussion, โ€œYou Can Be a Citizen Scientist, Too,โ€ Thursday, April 22 at noon.

Preeminent citizen scientists will tell their own stories of working to rescue the planet ๐ŸŒ and ways you can join in. They will also discuss the impacts of #COVID19 on #citizenscience.

Interested in joining the conversation? Register in advance here โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/2Q7ekep.

Real-time captions will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded for later availability.

ANYONE can be a citizen scientist ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ. Yes, that means YOU.

And on #EarthDay2021, NSF will explain how in an upcoming panel discussion, โ€œYou Can Be a Citizen Scientist, Too,โ€ Thursday, April 22 at noon.

Preeminent citizen scientists will tell their own stories of working to rescue the planet ๐ŸŒ and ways you can join in. They will also discuss the impacts of #COVID19 on #citizenscience.

Interested in joining the conversation? Register in advance here โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/2Q7ekep.

Real-time captions will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded for later availability.

04/19/2021
Under the Ice of Antarctica

While working as a dishwasher at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Rachel Heckerman serendipitously befriended a team of scientists and scuba divers ๐Ÿคฟ, who offered her the chance to experience life in Antarctica through their eyes ๐Ÿ‘€.

Now she is sharing their experience with the world. Get ready to explore life under the ice in this short #documentary from the most unique and isolated continent on Earth ๐ŸŒ.

Watch the full video โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3gjCcpL.

This work is based on the research of Amy Moran from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

#Nature #NSFfunded

Looking ๐Ÿ‘€ for real #science you can do from ๐Ÿก home?  Check out these citizen science projects, supported by the NSF: htt...
04/17/2021

Looking ๐Ÿ‘€ for real #science you can do from ๐Ÿก home? Check out these citizen science projects, supported by the NSF: https://bit.ly/2Q1JXpE.

Looking ๐Ÿ‘€ for real #science you can do from ๐Ÿก home? Check out these citizen science projects, supported by the NSF: https://bit.ly/2Q1JXpE.

#BlackHoleWeek is the perfect time to get your budding young scientists excited about astronomy and black holes โšซ This c...
04/16/2021

#BlackHoleWeek is the perfect time to get your budding young scientists excited about astronomy and black holes โšซ

This comic from our friends at the ALMA Observatory is a fun and informative way for kids to learn all about how the first image of a #realblackhole was captured: https://bit.ly/3agOmfa.

#BlackHoleWeek is the perfect time to get your budding young scientists excited about astronomy and black holes โšซ

This comic from our friends at the ALMA Observatory is a fun and informative way for kids to learn all about how the first image of a #realblackhole was captured: https://bit.ly/3agOmfa.

When #blackholes collide, space itself moves. For a century, the idea of gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of...
04/16/2021
A black hole collision: From theory to evidence

When #blackholes collide, space itself moves. For a century, the idea of gravitational waves -- ripples in the fabric of space -- was only theory. Enter NSF's LIGO, the facility that first observed the existence of gravitational waves.

Hereโ€™s how a black hole๐Ÿ’ฅcollision went from theory to evidence: https://bit.ly/3agDWw8

#BlackHoleWeek

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Be a (citizen) scientist!NSF supports #citizenscience and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of #science. Whether yo...
04/14/2021

Be a (citizen) scientist!

NSF supports #citizenscience and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of #science. Whether your passion is to scan the night sky for incredible aurora sightings, explore your backyard for bugs ๐Ÿ›, or play online ๐Ÿ’ป games to learn neuron ๐Ÿง  tracing โ€” there's bound to be a citizen science project that's right for you!

Turn your curiosity about the world into real impact with some of these projects โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3aaGFHl.

Want to learn more? Join us on Instagram as SciStarter takes over our IG Stories to talk about citizen science and how you can be a scientist https://bit.ly/3g92cUu.

Be a (citizen) scientist!

NSF supports #citizenscience and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of #science. Whether your passion is to scan the night sky for incredible aurora sightings, explore your backyard for bugs ๐Ÿ›, or play online ๐Ÿ’ป games to learn neuron ๐Ÿง  tracing โ€” there's bound to be a citizen science project that's right for you!

Turn your curiosity about the world into real impact with some of these projects โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3aaGFHl.

Want to learn more? Join us on Instagram as SciStarter takes over our IG Stories to talk about citizen science and how you can be a scientist https://bit.ly/3g92cUu.

In the early Eocene era, when #Earth ๐ŸŒ was a hothouse and forests stretched from pole to pole, the light from a cloud โ˜๏ธ...
04/12/2021
Exploring Black Holes

In the early Eocene era, when #Earth ๐ŸŒ was a hothouse and forests stretched from pole to pole, the light from a cloud โ˜๏ธ of glowing gases radiated out from the far-off M87 galaxy.

55 million years later, that light โšก finally reached Earth, captured on a planet-wide virtual telescope ๐Ÿ”ญ array partly #NSFfunded. And it gave humans their first glimpse of a supermassive black hole โšซ backlit by the gases surrounding its event horizon.

This week marks the second anniversary of that historic photograph. And to celebrate, NSF is offering a Black Hole Coloring Page and more at Exploring Black Holes https://bit.ly/3dStprI

Black holes are extremely dense pockets of matter, objects of such incredible mass and miniscule volume that they drastically warp the fabric of space-time.

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