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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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undergraduate student acqu with a gravitometer in a port Geomagnetic reversal: Understanding ancient flips and flops in Earth's polarity
Researcher boards R/V Sikuliaq to gather data about Earth's geomagnetic history
Released  December 19, 2014
Richard Taylor Unlocking the mysteries of mathematics
Breakthrough Prize winner has advanced the field
Released  December 19, 2014
college students in class Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science
A science education advocate who trained as a molecular biologist uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty
Released  December 18, 2014
NYU's Bart Kahr After the Lecture...
NSF-funded crystallographer Bart Kahr on the beauty, magic and science of crystals
Released  December 18, 2014
health worker with biohazard gear on Ebola, Dengue fever, Lyme disease: The growing economic cost of infectious diseases
Five new such diseases expected each year; strategies to reduce climate change adaptable to infectious diseases
Released  December 16, 2014
Man holding Mediterranean mussels at the Penn Cove Shellfish Farm Ocean acidification a culprit in commercial shellfish hatcheries' failures
New study finds low level of 'saturation state' harmful to bivalve larvae
Released  December 15, 2014
women with their hands together Addressing the shortage of women in technology
National Center for Women & Information Technology connects universities, companies, nonprofits, and government organizations to increase women’s participation in computing and technology
Released  December 12, 2014
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
Jan Cuny Computer Science Education Week: Expert voices on the value of CS
We asked leading researchers from academia, government and industry to share with us their thoughts about the importance of computer science education
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
student and teacher A new approach to creating a computing curriculum
Innovative, NSF-funded project brings together teachers and researchers to rethink computer science education
Released  December 10, 2014
students and participants at Mobile Apps Expo at Trinity College App-ealing to students through app development
Team led by Trinity College professor develops computer science course that inspires students through mobile application development
Released  December 10, 2014
a monkey on a branch Protecting biodiversity
In one of the world's richest biological hotspots, an international group of scientists works to preserve biodiversity amid climate change
Released  December 9, 2014
Danielle Bassett Researcher studies how different brain regions interact during tasks
2014 MacArthur Fellow’s work has potential to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, addiction, stroke, autism, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease
Released  December 8, 2014
LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014
UCLA astrophysicist  Andrea Ghez After the Lecture...
NSF-funded UCLA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on probing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole
Released  December 5, 2014
image of numerically simulated three-dimensional and isotropic fluid turbulence. SciServer: Big Data infrastructure for science
Research team from Johns Hopkins extends tools from Sloan Digital Sky Survey to new scientific communities
Released  December 4, 2014
James L. Olds Meet James L. Olds, the new head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences
A conversation with James L. Olds
Released  December 4, 2014
animation of a humanoid robot walking Firmer footing for robots with smart walking sticks
SupraPed robotic platform designed at Stanford uses smart staffs to improve balance, mobility
Released  November 25, 2014
Ohio State's Adaptive Suspension Vehicle (ASV) and engineers A foundation for robotics
NSF celebrates more than 40 years supporting U.S. robotics research
Released  November 21, 2014
visualizations of data from a simulation of plasma turbulence in Earth's ionosphere A deep dive into plasma
Renowned physicist uses NSF-supported supercomputer and visualization resources to gain insight into plasma dynamic
Released  November 20, 2014
A humanoid robot from MIT lab A day in the life of Robotina
What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
Released  November 20, 2014
gradute students , Francois Hebert, Andy Bohn and William Throwe standing in a classroom 'Blockbuster' science images
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery
Released  November 20, 2014
illustration showing wall of a wood cell New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Research offers sustainable solutions that may have strong benefits to building, construction, automobile and aircraft industries
Released  November 19, 2014
Starfish with sea star wasting disease Virus fingered as top suspect in West Coast sea star wasting disease
Deadly culprit identified as type of parvovirus
Released  November 17, 2014
cherry-sized fruits of a tree species in Thailand Fruits of the forest gone: Overhunting of large animals has catastrophic effects on trees
As the animals go, so go tropical forests
Released  November 12, 2014
The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog sitting on a rock "Microbiome" of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs shifts during infectious disease outbreaks
Interaction between microbiome and infectious pathogens may drive disease
Released  November 12, 2014
Rutgers-Newark graduate students  with high-school student and a ground-penetrating radar Forging the path
Geoscience program blossoms into statewide effort to broaden participation in science and engineering
Released  November 12, 2014
a vet and trauma REU student and his dog Trauma research by veterans, for veterans
Undergraduates gain a better understanding of trauma, and what it takes to be a scientist, through research program
Released  November 11, 2014
globe map showing models of orbiting satellites in the thermosphere Confronting models with observations
Team at National Center for Atmospheric Research develops data assimilation tools used throughout science
Released  November 7, 2014

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