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Computing Discoveries

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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People stand in a food bank storage area. Engineering a better food bank
Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
Released  September 22, 2014
Noah Smith Growing field of natural language processing works at the interface of computers and language
Researcher's algorithm design produces valuable tools for translation, text mining, question answering and more
Released  September 18, 2014
Julian Goldman Helping health care technologies communicate
Doctor develops open-source software to link healthcare systems at home and in hospitals
Released  August 1, 2014
monitor showing heart rate Healthcare that follows you from home to hospital and back
University of Missouri researcher links fall detection system with other medical technologies at Smart America Expo
Released  July 31, 2014
man with unmanned vehicle (UAV) Drones for disaster relief
Texas researchers demonstrate unmanned aerial vehicles capable of providing wireless communications to storm-ravaged areas
Released  July 29, 2014
3-D Printer Local 3-D printing hubs bring manufacturing back to US
NSF-supported start-up demonstrates method for finding, printing parts locally
Released  July 28, 2014
robot Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
Dogs Dispatches from a connected future
Researchers from academia, government and industry team up to create networked solutions to society's problems
Released  July 22, 2014
Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014
iluustration showing a map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana "Bottom-up" proteomics
NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
Released  July 1, 2014
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
illustration showing air pushed through vocal folds causing them to vibrate The aeroacoustics of jets
Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines
Released  June 27, 2014
image of protein strcuture and text photo gallery Computing a cure for HIV
Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease
Released  June 26, 2014
Dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of hard spheres representing a colloidal gel Helping ideas gel
NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science
Released  June 26, 2014
snapshot from the Penn State University real-time hurricane analysis Today's forecast: Better forecasts
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Released  June 25, 2014
two stages in the temporal evolution of synthetic DNA nanostructures  imaged through Stampede Blueprint for the affordable genome
Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies
Released  June 23, 2014
 3-D GRMHD simulation of a differentially rotating and highly magnetized progenitor to a supernova A high-performance first year for Stampede
NSF-funded supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering
Released  June 19, 2014
Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program Funding as fulcrum
NSF’s Industry and University Cooperative Research program pays big dividends for science and engineering
Released  May 19, 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014
Mark D. Hill Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors
University of Wisconsin researcher finds hidden efficiencies in computer architecture
Released  April 17, 2014
montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014
Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer re-create X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
image of Emre Salman Scientist developing 3-D chips to expand capacity of microprocessors
Novel design would consume less power and provide higher performance
Released  January 29, 2014
simulation showing hydrodynamic instability of dark matter Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Simulations shed light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies
Released  January 22, 2014
Researcher Dina Katabi and her students Innovative technology addresses wireless interference
Researcher has developed new tools and programs that enhance speed, efficiency and security of data transmission
Released  December 16, 2013
Ming-Hsuan Yang Teaching a computer to perceive the world without human input
Researcher's work could lead to assistive technology for the visually impaired, traffic modeling, and improved navigation and surveillance in robots
Released  September 20, 2013
Photo of researcher and a colleague in a sound booth using a computer to record sound Computer Algorithms Reveal How the Brain Processes and Perceives Sound in Noisy Environments
Scientist hopes basic research will lead to better products that enhance communication applications in cell phones and hearing aids, for example, and in a variety of settings
Released  July 18, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Graduate students Sam Fok and Alex Neckar hold a brain-inspired computational platform Energy Efficient Brain Simulator Outperforms Supercomputers
Neurogrid brain simulator ushers in new level of research
Released  April 24, 2013

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