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NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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A black surfperch swimming in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Island. A fine kettle of fish?
Long-term data help determine fluctuations in fish populations
Released  November 30, 2015
cancer cells and copper Starving the beast
New NSF-funded research finds way to withhold cancer cells' favorite food
Released  November 24, 2015
The coast of Alaska and the Bering Glacier viewed from the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution. Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild
Erosion caused by glaciation can wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can form them
Released  November 23, 2015
Scientist lowering an instrument in water Low-oxygen 'dead zones' in North Pacific linked to past ocean warming
Large-scale warming events 10,000+ years ago triggered loss of oxygen
Released  November 18, 2015
3-d graphic with a cube shape showing a probabilistic model Learning from distributed data
CAREER awardee develops mathematical and computational methods to analyze de-centralized information
Released  November 17, 2015
person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
ship through ice Video: Bringing mathematics to sea ice research
NSF-funded Ken Golden plays key role in better understanding sea ice changes
Released  November 4, 2015
ruins showing structures at Ceren archeological site Buried in ash, ancient Salvadoran village shows images of daily life
Village of Ceren so well preserved that footprints and finger marks remain
Released  November 3, 2015
Salt marshes in Hatches Harbor, Mass. Grass-planting change boosts coastal wetland restoration success
Marsh grasses should be spaced close together, not far apart
Released  November 3, 2015
fluid dynamics lab with two people An oral history of an NSF Ideas Lab
The story behind 'Cracking the Olfactory Code'
Released  November 3, 2015
illustration showing a city skyline, bridge, airplane and power grid A beautiful defense for smart grids
The next generation of engineering algorithms help protect the evolving smart grid
Released  October 30, 2015
school of Atlantic cod Warming waters contributed to the collapse of New England's cod fishery
New report shows that warming complicates fisheries management plans
Released  October 29, 2015
hoatzin bird in a tree How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?
Effects were likely only along major waterways
Released  October 28, 2015
smart meter installation New electricity meters are smart -- but are they trusted?
Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015
screenshot of tool that maps connections between neurons with an image of a macaque brain Speeding up extreme big brain data analysis
Interactive software tool lets brain researchers explore large-scale, high-res imaging to better understand connections in the brain
Released  October 26, 2015
hand holding a smartphone with a car in the background Benefits and risks of the 'Internet of Things'
Researchers from the University of Washington identify vulnerabilities in automobiles and medical devices and design tools to prevent data tracking
Released  October 23, 2015
illustration showing computers and other electornic devices, a satellite The future of encryption
NSF-supported researchers are working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies
Released  October 22, 2015
polarization grating and light 4-D laser printing: holograms and beyond
Novel tech that manipulates light has applications beyond holograms, from studying alien worlds to making cellphones more energy efficient
Released  October 21, 2015
person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 2015
student in front of a microscope Trouble in the air?
The smell of licorice and lessons learned from the West Virginia chemical spill
Released  October 20, 2015
chart and numbers Accurate data that drives educated policy decisions
NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics focuses on the U.S. research and development enterprise
Released  October 20, 2015
smartphone being held The source of statistics: New frontiers in survey methodology
NSF-sponsored research looks into how a changing technological landscape affects survey collection
Released  October 20, 2015
dead trees in a forest Morticulture: Forests of the living dead
Scientists unearth importance of dead wood to forest ecosystems
Released  October 19, 2015
An infographic shows examples of how NSF-supported cybersecurity research protects people Infographic: How NSF-supported research keeps you safe online
NSF investments in interdisciplinary research helped develop many of the web's basic protections
Released  October 19, 2015
Nepal houses damaged by earthquake Will there be another quake in Nepal? Scientists present insights at upcoming conference
Annual Geological Society of America meeting features NSF-supported earthquake research
Released  October 16, 2015
part of building with the word Bank on it Cybersecurity research looks to guard networks from 'insider threats'
Experts mine computer system data to find potential vulnerabilities
Released  October 15, 2015
artist rendition of a dinosaur with eggs and two babies Research sheds new light on 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate
Evidence shows some dinosaurs elevated their body temperatures using heat sources such as the sun
Released  October 13, 2015
aerial view of of river Amazon Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis program awards $1.5 million in new grants
Funding will lead to new understanding of subjects as large as the Amazon, as small as a mosquito
Released  October 13, 2015
White House Astronomy Night Gearing up for Astronomy Night 2015
10 tips for gathering friends to stargaze
Released  October 13, 2015

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