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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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tropical grasslands and savanna Dirt mounds made by termites in Africa, South America, Asia could prevent spread of deserts
Termites create oases of moisture, plant life
Released  February 5, 2015
animated map of transit systems Walking, driving and riding in a winter wonderland
Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
Released  February 5, 2015
People working under a bridge Warding off failure
Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
Released  February 4, 2015
a robot doing laundry Human insights inspire solutions for household robots
New algorithms designed by Berkeley and UMass researchers allow autonomous systems to deal with uncertainty
Released  February 4, 2015
Photo of Bob Bea After the lecture: Bob Bea and a lifetime spent outwitting disaster
Nearly 10 years post-Katrina, the engineer who co-led a team that investigated the New Orleans levee system reflects on what it takes to have resilient and sustainable infrastructure -- and the next generation of engineers
Released  February 4, 2015
houses in the Los Rios region of south-central Chile. Field fever, harvest fever, rat catcher's yellows: Leptospirosis by any name is a serious disease
Infection is more prevalent in lower-income tropical areas
Released  February 3, 2015
Wind turbine on snow Floating wind turbines bring electricity where it's needed
Altaeros Energies' research into advanced materials enables new heights for wind energy
Released  February 3, 2015
Microscopic image of senile plaques seen in the cerebral cortex of a person with Alzheimer's Uncovering Alzheimer's complex genetic networks
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic use NSF-supported Blue Waters supercomputer to understand gene expression in the brain
Released  February 3, 2015
Saul Perlmutter Scientist who helped discover the expansion of the universe is accelerating
Breakthrough Prize winner continues investigating fundamental physics of the world
Released  February 3, 2015
cover of Frontiers in ecology journal Drylands: Desolate, scorched, uninhabitable? Scientists say otherwise
Complex ecosystem is patchwork of grasses, shrubs, agricultural fields, urban-dwelling species, including humans
Released  February 2, 2015
image showing te design of driverless car GM-Segway EN-V Programming safety into self-driving cars
UMass researchers improve artificial intelligence algorithms for semi-autonomous vehicles
Released  February 2, 2015
Electric vehicle and charging station. Improving electric vehicle sales may require solving unique chicken and egg problem
Subsidizing construction of charging stations possibly a cheaper way to reach US sales goals than tax incentives
Released  January 29, 2015
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015
Terence Tao Mathematician tries to solve wave equations
Breakthrough Prize winner seeks further insights into fluid dynamics
Released  January 12, 2015
African buffalo at a watering hole in South Africa. Treatment for parasitic worms helps animals survive infectious diseases--and spread them
Scientists discover unanticipated consequences of some disease remedies
Released  January 8, 2015
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

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