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Biological Infrastructure (DBI) 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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Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
a green glowing fish Fish aglow: Hidden colors in the sea
"There's a whole light show going on down there, and people never see it."
Released  January 9, 2014
Student with a haorned toad on her shoulder Making room for science at Oklahoma's tribal colleges
Partnership with the state's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research opens doors for tribal college students
Released  November 1, 2013
Photo of wildfire next to a house and forest in Arizona As large Western wildfires increase, scientists look for answers
What are the causes and impacts of the upsurge in U.S. Western wildfires?
Released  August 8, 2013
Matthew Hahn Genomic and computational tools provide window to distant past
Researcher studies gene differences in humans and other species to better understand timeline of genetic changes
Released  August 8, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal New NEON Resources Available
Videos, brochure and webcast on the NEON available online
Released  June 11, 2013
Fish and corals. Life in the Fast Lane: Racing to Identify Species As Biodiversity Shrinks
A conversation about conserving and naming species
Released  January 4, 2013
Photo of two computers and a terrestrial robot swarm Studying Evolution in Action
Researchers apply biological and digital approaches to better understand underlying factors
Released  November 29, 2012
Photo of multiple bats in a cave in Trinidad. The Night Life: Why We Need Bats All the Time--Not Just on Halloween
Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats, gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology, and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic
Released  October 31, 2012
Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
Photo of a C. elegans worm tail belonging to a male, showing sensory rays. Worms Can Evolve to Survive Intersex Populations
Experimental evolution reveals a possible intermediate stage in the evolution of sex determination
Released  December 5, 2011
Image of a crab walking on a specially built treadmill while its vital signs are monitored. Taking the Pulse of Marine Life in Stressed Seas
Researchers study responses of crustaceans to human-caused environmental stresses
Released  October 6, 2011
Photomicrograph of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. Understanding the Brain As a Computational Network
Researchers are decoding the patterns that connect different types of nerve cells
Released  April 14, 2011
Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010
Digital organisms self-replicate with different fitness levels and fill empty spaces. Digital Organisms Shed Light on Mystery of Altruism
NSF-supported researchers use digital evolution techniques to examine theories about the evolution of altruism
Released  November 15, 2010
Photo showing a raging torrent of water overflowing its banks in Puerto Rico. Scientists Endure Deluge to Study Tropical Streams
Aspiring ecologist Ashley Golphin, an undergraduate at Kent State, describes the challenges and rewards of conducting research on tropical stream ecosystems in Puerto Rico during the summer rainy season
Released  October 21, 2010
Photo of Amy Barnes making phosphorus-rich phosphate glass to use with her doctoral research work. On Earth Day and Everyday, Ecologist Fights for Phosphorus
NSF-supported ecologist James Elser is internationally recognized as an expert on phosphorus in biology and ecology, and his research could help to change society’s views on phosphorus use and conservation
Released  May 6, 2010
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 Daniel Bond holding Geobacter microbes. Batteries Made of Bacteria?
Researchers believe the energy produced by Geobacter microbes can be harnessed for electrical power, environmental remediation and biosensors
Released  November 19, 2008
Photo of Duke University Lemur Center director Anne D. Yoder with a Coquerel's Sifaka. Islands: Exquisite Labs of Evolution
Anne Yoder, director of the Duke University Lemur Center, and colleagues are using genetic and genomic approaches to unravel the history of lemurs and the primate family tree
Released  November 14, 2008
Photo of basmati rice before harvest. Using Your Computer to Grow More Nutritious Rice for a Hungry World
Computational biologists use a powerful distributed computing network to research rice genome for increased yields of more nourishing rice varieties
Released  October 14, 2008
Photo of a baby chimp and adult chimps. Researcher Walks Among Dying Baby Chimps
Virginia Tech scientist Taranjit Kaur describes her team's research studying chimpanzees in western Tanzania and the virus that is threatening the chimps’ health
Released  September 9, 2008
Diagram showing the key role the SUN gene plays in fruit shape. What's Behind the Crazy Shapes of Fruits
Ohio State researchers discover and clone a gene that controls the shape of tomatoes
Released  July 8, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
Madeleine is helping scientists and engineers better understand how flippered animals swim. Swimming Robot Tests Theories About Locomotion in Existing and Extinct Animals
May explain why four-flippered swimmers now use only two
Released  May 30, 2006
Image shows circle of bright red and green lights. Of Plants and Pathogens: A Model Relationship
Pathogen genome reveals secrets of infection
Released  February 28, 2006
Robyn Hannigan in labcoat with bubbles RISE Program Proves that Undergraduate Research Experiences Help Recruit Minority Scientists
Mentorship is thriving at Arkansas State University, where geochemist Robyn Hannigan has established a program to immerse minority and female students in the study of environmental science. The result has been a double success for science and education.
Released  November 8, 2005
the plant Arabidopsis thaliana and background representing DNA sequence A Small Plant's Genome Has Huge Impact
Completing the first-ever plant genome means knowing plants well, really well.
Released  July 23, 2004

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