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  November 8 , 2000: Highlights

'Solar System Stunner'

Double Asteroid 90 Antiope Astronomers Find Surprising Double Asteroid and a New Asteroid Moon
Astronomers announced on Oct. 26 that they have found a large, double asteroid in our solar system. The configuration is a surprise to astronomers, who once thought asteroids were lone objects. An international team led by William Merline of the Boulder, Colo., office of the Southwest Research Institute and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA found the asteroid pair. The team used the Keck telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, outfitted with adaptive optics, which allow astronomers to examine asteroids and other celestial objects with unprecedented clarity. More...

Earth from space NSF-Funded Scientists to Examine Environment at the Molecular Level
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $19 million over five years to scientists seeking to distinguish, at the molecular level, between natural and human-caused environmental processes. Eight grants awarded by NSF's Division of Chemistry will allow the creation of national models of collaborative research aimed at understanding the natural environment and addressing global environmental challenges. The research, to be conducted at a new Environmental Molecular Science Institute (EMSI) at Ohio State University and by seven small interdisciplinary groups at other institutions, is ultimately expected to contribute to beneficial environmental technologies and processes. More...

Tribal College RSI NSF Supports American Indian Tribal College Projects to Improve Math and Science Instruction
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 13 new awards totaling some $13 million to improve science, mathematics, and technology education in K-12 schools on tribal reservations in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Washington. The grants, made through NSF’s Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI), incorporate standards-based instructional practice with supportive policies and partnerships. “Enhancing math and science instruction will help more young Native American men and women find a brighter future in an increasingly technological society,” says Rita Colwell, NSF director. More...

Keybowl (TM) keyboard New Ergonomic Keyboard Relieves Wrist Pain
Peter McAlindon has taken the stress out of using computer keyboards. McAlindon, with assistance from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has developed an ergonomic alternative that could increase comfort, prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and help millions with other disabilities gain access to the power of computing. "This new keyboard is testimony to the power of small businesses, supported by the federal government, to contribute significant public benefits," said NSF program manager Sara Nerlove. More...


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