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Computer and Network Systems (CNS) 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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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
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
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
student looking at a smart phone and computer screen Making Makers in Nedlam's Workshop
Makerspace at Massachusetts high school lets diverse students design new technologies
Released  July 15, 2015
students in SMART Summer program with robots in a lab Engagement in STEM through robotics, mechatronics, cybersecurity and more
With NSF funding, Summer of STEM at NYU Polytechnic supports and encourages students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Released  July 9, 2015
animation character Sulley from Monsters University with modelling grid World premiere of 'The Science Behind Pixar' illustrates power of computational thinking
NSF-supported exhibition offers a unique look into the Pixar process
Released  July 7, 2015
students in a lab working Making the Maker movement accessible
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, develop tools to let individuals with diverse abilities design assistive technologies
Released  July 6, 2015
multiple banknotes of U.S. and foreign currency Foreseeing US economic trends
Tim Kehoe's computer models gather international market data, predict impact of policy changes
Released  July 2, 2015
computerscreen showing an image from The Mars Rover video game Collaboratively exploring virtual worlds
Researchers from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and StandardsWork create platform for learning math and programming skills
Released  June 29, 2015
Kid on a stationary bike in the Hank Virtual Environments Lab Beyond looking both ways
SBE-funded researchers ask a fundamental safety question: What are kids thinking when crossing the street?
Released  June 26, 2015
hand hold a robotic hand Veterans will be first to try cyber physical therapy
High-speed research networks help scientists develop and deploy future health technologies
Released  June 9, 2015
Greg Gogolin Restoring lost data
Researchers developing 3-D digital laser microscopy to create visual roadmap
Released  April 3, 2015
screenshot showing an experiment in Internet routing included in the GENI Massive Open Online Course Hands-on training for tomorrow's Internet engineers
NYU researchers give students around the world real-world networking experiences through NSF-supported GENI wireless resources
Released  March 25, 2015
Kettering University students participating in a community cleanup Igniting change in Vehicle City
Kettering University leads effort to improve city services in Flint, Mich., through high-speed networking
Released  March 24, 2015
woman exercising in front of monitor Fitness app connects exercisers to experts
NSF-supported Fitnet uses powerful computing and networking infrastructure to enable new capabilities
Released  March 23, 2015
power lines Smarter smart grids
ExoGENI testbed helps researchers develop methods for monitoring, controlling and troubleshooting power grids
Released  March 18, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
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
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
People working under a bridge Warding off failure
Tiny, self-powered sensors push the limits of health and usage monitoring
Released  February 4, 2015
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
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
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
hands holding a smartphone Experts identify easy way to improve smartphone security
Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information
Released  October 28, 2014
animated gif showing visualization of pushbacks at logan airport Designing tomorrow's air traffic control systems
MIT researcher explores algorithmic solutions to make flying more efficient
Released  October 14, 2014

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