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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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Brian Nosek and reporter Video: The basics of reproducibility
The president of the Center for Open Science discusses his work
Released  September 1, 2015
Three women next to houses damaged by storm Documenting the invisible damage of Katrina
Anthropologist's account of a family's eight-year recovery after Hurricane Katrina yields lessons for future disasters
Released  August 28, 2015
cyberlearning Back to school with new cyberlearning tools
Classroom learning technologies fuse computational modeling and data analysis to improve student learning
Released  August 27, 2015
mosquito on skin To slow the spread of infectious diseases, NSF, NIH, USDA support new research
Scientists will study how diseases are transmitted among humans, other animals and the environment
Released  August 26, 2015
Fog over the estuary of the Klamath River along the Pacific Coast. Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
Ultimately makes its way into ecosystems along shore
Released  August 26, 2015
person looking through a microscope Company R&D expenditures in U.S. increased 6.7 percent in 2013
Latest figures show companies invested more of their own funds
Released  August 21, 2015
chart comparing SCEC simulations to observations from the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake. Los Angeles basin jiggles like big bowl of jelly in cutting-edge simulations
Computing power helps the Southern California Earthquake Center gain new insights about earthquakes
Released  August 20, 2015
Andrea Alu Video: Now you see it...
Andrea Alý makes small things invisible--and that could mean big things for technology
Released  August 18, 2015
Students adjust the target wheel and detectors near a beam outlet Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound
Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 2015
Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 2015
Drawing of a town and balloon Drawing in the third dimension
Technology from small business Mental Canvas reimagines drawing in the digital age
Released  August 13, 2015
two people looking at AMNH exhibit Engines of Curiosity
Award-winning museums look to the future
Released  August 11, 2015
visualization Science, faithfully rendered
NSF-supported ray tracing software lets researchers visualize science with greater fidelity
Released  August 7, 2015
Perovskite solar cell NSF invests in interstate collaboration in science and engineering research
Eight awards will fuel the development of research programs in 12 states
Released  August 6, 2015
Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Expedition to the Aleutian Islands: Geoscientists head to remote Alaska volcanoes
Teams study mountain chain in most volcanically active U.S. state
Released  August 5, 2015
Scuba diver measuring giant kelp biomass NSF selects first Long-Term Ecological Research network communications office
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis receives $3.5 million award for support of multi-site efforts
Released  August 4, 2015
interactive Tree of Trust diagram Cyber-defense and forensic tool turns 20
NSF-supported Bro cybersecurity software helps protect largest, most critical networks from attack
Released  August 4, 2015
people and rubble following the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015. NSF awards grants for study of Nepal earthquake
Research aims to help people in Nepal and beyond become more resilient in natural disasters
Released  August 3, 2015
Two students in front of a high-temperature high-vacuum molding system NSF invests in science and engineering infrastructure across the nation
Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Guam will receive five-year awards for strategically aligned innovative research
Released  August 3, 2015
man looking at EEG data on the screen What happens when 'Aha!' strikes
Research at Drexel University shows sudden insights are real--and you can train your brain to have more
Released  August 3, 2015
animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 2015
image showing a silicon photonic platform Innovations from the wild world of optics and photonics
Princeton research team explores ways of communicating and processing signals with light waves
Released  July 31, 2015
Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015
Robin Dodsworth and people at a market As a Southern community changes, an accent fades
Southern accents are declining in North Carolina. What does that tell us about social dynamics?
Released  July 27, 2015
a basket of blackberries It's blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?
Scientist offers insights into national, global pollinator declines
Released  July 27, 2015
a shark in the water The truth about sharks
With shark attacks, or bites, in the news, what's the story behind the story?
Released  July 27, 2015
group of people exercising outdoors A scientific smartphone tool for personalized health
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and PARC use predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to develop tailored, health interventions for personalized wellness
Released  July 24, 2015
A female anopheles mosquito Breaking the cycle of malaria transmission
Discovery of protein could lead to treatment that creates 'dead end' for malaria parasite
Released  July 23, 2015
truck in front of a cloudy sky at night Ten things to know about thunderstorms that strike at night
For the latest information, NSF talks with three atmospheric scientists
Released  July 22, 2015
Moroccan students The power of translation
Software helps deaf and hearing communities interact, in the U.S. and abroad
Released  July 22, 2015

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