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Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Discoveries

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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researcher in a lab testing a mattress for chemicals Crib mattress dangers
NSF-funded researchers discover harmful chemicals in crib mattresses
Released  April 9, 2014
Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014
Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014
 image showing cells responding to stress from various blood flows Mechanical engineer studies flow of blood vessels related to diabetes and resulting heart disease
Research could lead to development of new drugs and tissue engineering applications
Released  February 6, 2014
Illustration of brain cancer Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth
Cell-based treatment could lead to a new standard of care for brain cancer patients
Released  February 3, 2014
Goodall  with two students he mentored An integrated computer modeling system for water resource management
Comprehensive system allows for more accurate predictions about shortages and flood and storm management
Released  January 31, 2014
Image of delicate, nested microbubbles. 'Smuggling' drugs at the cellular level
Drexel researchers use ultrasound to deliver customized medication through the skin
Released  December 5, 2013
soil columns Using engineering to help microbes destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater
Researcher's work could help with faster cleanup following oil spills or toxic waste spills
Released  September 30, 2013
A neuron activated by light Critical tool for brain research derived from "pond scum"
Basic research serendipitously advances brain science
Released  September 30, 2013
Human heart surrounded by electrical orb. Researchers envision switching a heart beat on and off with light
Relatively new field of optogenetics may offer solutions for cardiac arrhythmia
Released  September 19, 2013
image of rug fibers as seen through a microscope Researcher Studies Indoor Air Particles and Their Movement
Team is working on developing tools to predict exposure of bacteria or chemical and biological agents
Released  June 12, 2013
an image of primary human amniotic fluid stem cells in a culture dish Engineering New Tissue for Pediatric Heart Surgery
Bioengineering professor explores potential to grow cardiac cells to repair infant heart defects
Released  March 19, 2013
image of tripolar ring electrode and conventional electrode, side by side Simple Innovation to Electrodes Makes a Big Difference
Researcher expects improvements in epilepsy diagnosis and prevention of life-threatening seizures
Released  December 20, 2012
Photo of student Keith Berry in the chemistry lab A Student's Road to Research
NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is a pathway to a career in science and engineering
Released  November 13, 2012
Photo of curve-crease sculpture called Green Balance, created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Computer Scientist Turned Artist
CAREER awardee studies geometric folding algorithms
Released  October 25, 2012
Image of a sundw leaf showing tentacles that secrete a powerful adhesive. The Nanotechnology of Sundew and English Ivy
Researchers are studying the adhesive properties of sundew plants and the nanoparticles in English ivy for innovative medical applications
Released  October 17, 2011
George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011
Photo of Sossina Haile and William Chueh next to the benchtop thermochemical reactor. Future Fuels for Everyone Powered by the Sun
New scheme would use only sunlight, air and water to supply energy for cars, laptops, GPS systems
Released  April 6, 2011
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of bioengineer Rafael Davalos in his laboratory at Virginia Tech. New Cancer Treatments More Potent With Fewer Side Effects
Scientists are investigating new combined therapies to deliver cancer treatments that target only the tumor without damaging normal tissue
Released  November 19, 2010
Photo of a water coming out of a water fountain. Much of U.S. Water Safe, But Problems Remain
Looking more carefully at the water we drink
Released  March 10, 2010
Photo of Sudipta Seal holding a bottle containing billions of ultra-small, engineered nanoceria. Nanoparticles Explored for Preventing Cell Damage
Engineers investigate using nanoparticles both as a preventative and a treatment for disease
Released  July 14, 2009
Photo showing bright red-orange photoluminescence from porous silicon nanoparticles. Safer Nano Cancer Detector
Nanoparticle test in mice could pave the way for human uses
Released  April 30, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of water coming out of a faucet. Clean Water for a Crowded, Contaminated World
Revolutionary purification techniques address impending global water crisis
Released  February 2, 2009
Photo of Raul Cal modeling the cool laser eye-protecting glasses used during the experiments. Lab Tests Show Wind Turbine's Air Flow
Researcher describes NSF-supported wind tunnel experiments that mimic atmospheric airflow around wind turbines to advance our understanding of real wind farm conditions
Released  November 25, 2008
Photo of Ayusman Sen's laboratory team in 2008. Nanoparticles Taught to Swim
NSF-supported research team at Penn State creates nanoscale motors powered by catalytic reactions that convert chemical energy into motion
Released  November 20, 2008
Photo of Jonathan Arnold and Heinz-Bernd Schuttler discussing their work on biological clocks. The Biological Clock's Incredible Influence Revealed
University of Georgia researchers find that the number of genes under the control of the biological clock in bread mold is dramatically higher than previously reported
Released  November 5, 2008
Three-dimensional reconstructions of magnetic resonance images of the rat gastro-intestinal tract. Gut Reaction: Digestion Revealed in 3-D
James Brasseur and his multidisciplinary team image the dynamic mixing of fluids and nutrient exchange in the human digestive system
Released  October 17, 2008
Illustration of a bioparticle (left) ready to bind antigens (yellow) from tumor cells. Natural Bio-Army Trained to Fight Cancer
Bioengineer Tarek Fahmy and colleagues are engineering new nanoscopic and microscopic biomaterials to stimulate the body’s production of killer T-cells to fight infectious diseases
Released  August 8, 2008

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