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Illustration of head of ancient crocodile These Crocs Are Made for Biting
Paleontologists scouring a river bank in Tanzania unearthed a highly unusual, 105 million-year-old crocodile. The relatively lanky, cat-sized animal with mammal-like teeth and a land-based lifestyle reveals that crocodiles were once far more diverse than they are today.
Date Updated: August 4, 2010
National Lab Day National Lab Day
NSF joins other partners in National Lab Day, an initiative connecting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers with STEM professionals who volunteer to share their expertise--and their passion--for science and engineering with students.
Date Updated: May 12, 2010
Future of NSF The Future of NSF on Its 60th Anniversary
At the National Science Foundation's 60th anniversary symposium during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting, past and present NSF leaders reflected upon 25 years of experience and offered advice about the agency's future.
Date Updated: April 30, 2010
Photo showing damage from Haiti earthquake. Learning From Haiti: Rapid Response Research
Every disaster leaves critical clues in its wake--not only of its cause, but also of how to protect lives in future emergencies. In this Special Report, researchers on site within days of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti discuss their work there and around the world.
Date Updated: April 19, 2010
Image of two stock cars racing The Science of Speed
You can't win NASCAR races without getting the science right. NSF has partnered with NASCAR in the production of the "Science of Speed", a fast-paced 12-part video series that explains the scientific principles that are so essential to the NASCAR experience.
Date Updated: December 17, 2009
Science of the Olympic Winter Games Science of the Olympic Winter Games 2010
NBC Learn has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to produce Science of the Olympic Winter Games, a 16-part video series that explores the science behind individual Olympic events.
Date Updated: December 14, 2009
Reconstruction of Tawa hallae. Tawa hallae: Dinosaur Ancient History
When paleontologists unearthed the ancient dinosaur Tawa hallae, they knew it was different--and remarkably well preserved. What they did not know is that the animal has an intriguing lineage, one that answers questions about the earliest evolution of dinosaurs.
Date Updated: December 10, 2009
Climate Change Climate Change
Our planet's climate affects--and is affected by--the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth's climate system.
Date Updated: December 7, 2009
Portrait of Charles Darwin Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Darwin's "On the Origin of Species"
On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" intrigued scientists, appalled religionists and fascinated the public. Now, 150 years later, "Origin" still causes ripples. This report--updated on the original publication's anniversary--gives a surprising glimpse inside the science and society that fueled his rise to science stardom.
Date Updated: November 24, 2009
Dead Zones Dead Zones
The Earth currently has more than 400 "dead zones"--marine expanses covering hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles that periodically become virtually lifeless. Explore the surprising causes of Oregon's dead zones, and the pioneering methods used to research them.
Date Updated: November 3, 2009
Photo of  six-story test structure on shake table. Standing Strong: 2009 NEESWood Capstone Test
On July 14, 2009, a six-story condominium building shook under the forces of an earthquake more powerful than any quake California has experienced in modern times. The final experiment of NSF's multi-year NEESWood project, the effort tested new ways to construct buildings that can withstand severe forces of nature.
Date Updated: July 14, 2009
Thumbnail child holding a pencil Math: What’s the Problem?
International assessments show U.S. math students outperformed by those in many other countries. Research supported by NSF illuminates the role of teaching, curriculum and technology in math education, and demonstrates the importance of math education to all citizens.
Date Updated: January 26, 2009
Jellyfish images Jellyfish Gone Wild: Environmental Change and Jellyfish Swarms
Massive jellyfish blooms have recently overrun some world-class fisheries and tourist destinations--even transforming large swaths of them into veritable jellytoriums. This report--guaranteed to make your skin crawl--explains the basics of jellyfish biology and summarizes what we know about the causes and future of jellyfish blooms. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: September 16, 2008
Photo of battered trunk, whip and hat Archaeology From Reel to Real
No one expects the "reel" world of Indiana Jones to resemble the real world of science, but NSF-supported archaeologists really do discover "lost cities," try to figure how "lost civilizations" disappeared and learn about Ancient Egypt from its graves and their skeletons. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: May 21, 2008
NSF and the Birth of the Internet NSF and the Birth of the Internet
The Internet is now a part of modern life, but how was it created? Learn how the technology behind the Internet was created and how NSFNET, a network created to help university researchers in the 1980s, grew to become the Internet we know today. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: April 29, 2008
Illustration showing montage of extreme microbes X-treme Microbes
They're called 'extremophiles' because they're able to live in shocking extremes of cold, heat, pressure, acidity and more. Research on these strange organisms is redefining the limits of life on Earth and, perhaps, on other worlds. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: April 29, 2008
Photo of William Golden William T. Golden Appreciation
Although he never worked as a scientist and didn't receive his master's degree in biology until age 70, William T. Golden was one of the most influential figures in post-World War II American science.
Date Updated: November 15, 2007
Language and Linguistics Language and Linguistics
Common to all humans, language is nonetheless complex. How do languages develop and change? What happens when one is lost? What about sign languages? Linguists explore these questions and more.
Date Updated: March 13, 2007
a view of the famous crack in the Liberty Bell The Liberty Bell: Protecting an American Icon
When the Liberty Bell took a journey to its new home, 21st century sensor technology helped ensure a safe move for this symbol of American history, preserving the bell and its legendary crack.
Date Updated: February 8, 2007
Robotics Robotics
Robots have long captured the human imagination, yet despite many advances, robots have yet to reach the potential so often envisioned in science fiction.
Date Updated: October 25, 2006
The Secret Lives of Wild Animals The Secret Lives of Wild Animals
Modern technologies like global tracking systems and ultraminiaturized sensors now provide researchers with intimate glimpses of rarely seen behaviors of wild animals. NAGC Winner
Date Updated: September 25, 2006
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
More than 75 million Americans live in areas at risk for earthquake or tsunami devastation. This network links researchers working to design structures and materials that better withstand the forces of nature.
Date Updated: August 14, 2006
Cyberinfrastructure Cyberinfrastructure
Cyberinfrastructure is poised to revolutionize many science and engineering disciplines. Individual researchers will have the power of the world's highest-performance digital resources at their disposal.
Date Updated: June 28, 2006
Aviation Opens Antarctica Aviation Opens Antarctica
Adm. Richard Byrd's historic flight to the South Pole in 1929 helped open the Frozen Continent. The history of aviation and the history of Antarctic science and exploration are inextricably entwined.
Date Updated: June 5, 2006
Seafloor Science Seafloor Science
On the seafloor--where no sunlight reaches and pressure is extreme--tectonic plates slowly shift, chimneys spew hot liquid "smoke," and exotic life forms thrive. Join the VISIONS '05 expedition to see more.
Date Updated: March 20, 2006
Surveys: Tracking Opinion Surveys: Tracking Opinion
Human behavior is one of the most important yet ill-understood areas of scientific inquiry. Surveys are the scientific instruments that help us understand ourselves and our society.
Date Updated: March 17, 2006
After the Tsunami After the Tsunami
Within days of the massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean in late 2004, teams of researchers rushed to survey the disaster, hoping to learn how such loss of lives, property and ecosystems could be prevented.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Arctic Climate Research Arctic Climate Research
The complex factors that influence climate change demand a multifaceted approach--from ships at sea to snowmobiles in Alaska--to study the process.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Digging Dinosaurs Digging Dinosaurs
Spotting fossil remains is only the first step in accurately recreating a creature that has been dead for many millions of years.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
Life Science Frontiers Life Science Frontiers
Biological organisms mesh with the surrounding environment to form vibrant, thriving communities. Scientists from diverse backgrounds are examining this complicated weave of life.
Date Updated: October 7, 2005
World Year of Physics 2005 World Year of Physics 2005
Just a century ago, an unknown patent clerk named Albert Einstein gave us a whole new way to think about light, matter, energy, space and time. Learn what he did in 1905--and all that came of it.
Date Updated: August 3, 2005
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