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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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Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
students and teachers at a conference Artful coders
AP Computer Science Principles draws arts students into computational thinking in Alabama
Released  March 6, 2015
sun filtered in blue and red Techniques to prove or disprove existence of other planets
Astronomers developed technology while studying Gilese 581
Released  March 6, 2015
Leaves and wood in a stream Nutrient pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus reduces streams' ability to support aquatic life
Residence time of leaves and twigs, important to stream-dwelling species, can be halved
Released  March 5, 2015
woman in front of a computer Just in time: Tips for computer science teachers when they need it
NSF's supported professional development program provides online tools and resources for new and experienced computer science educators
Released  March 4, 2015
Visualizations of future nano-transistors From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
Purdue researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to design the building blocks of future nano-computing technologies
Released  March 3, 2015
researcher holding a piece of plastic From tea bags to Miatas, bioplastics are on the rise
Chemists and other researchers are working up new formulas for greener plastic
Released  March 3, 2015
two images of a snowflake Road safety through snowflake imaging
Technology that delivers incredible mid-air snowflake images may now help improve road safety
Released  March 2, 2015
Cornell University researcher Roald Hoffmann After the Lecture
Nobel Prize chemist Roald Hoffmann on creating the right balance of art, science
Released  March 2, 2015
Composite image of the northeast United States during an energy blackout. Creating the energy Internet
How leaders in research, industry and engineering education are working to create the energy network of the future
Released  February 25, 2015
Jennifer Doudna Rewriting genetic information to prevent disease
Breakthrough Prize winner harnesses CRISPR to improve immune system
Released  February 25, 2015
Waves crashed ashore in Woods Hole, Mass., during a 1938 hurricane. Monster hurricanes struck U.S. Northeast during prehistoric periods of ocean warming
Scientists find clues in sediment deposits on Cape Cod
Released  February 11, 2015
DOW scientists Karen Kosiba and Traeger Meyer with radar truck Mission impossible? New England's snowstorm 'bomb' from inside a Doppler-on-Wheels
Trapped in gale-force winds for 24 hours, scientists got the data
Released  February 11, 2015
Video of the ignition of pine needles by contact with a hot steel particle Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire
Understanding how hot metal shards cast off by infrastructure ignite wildfires
Released  February 10, 2015
Flooded street and houses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Scientists confirm that Midwest floods are more frequent
Floods happening more often over past half-century
Released  February 9, 2015
coral reef and fish near Philippines Good news and bad news for coral reefs
There's good news related to marine protected areas, but bad news related to loss of coral cover
Released  February 9, 2015
example of the experimental Potential Storm Surge Inundation Map showing the Texas Gulf coast Communicating a hurricane's real risks
NSF- and NOAA-sponsored studies help improve the quality of emergency communications
Released  February 6, 2015
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

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