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Mathematical Sciences (DMS) 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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MTBI students at poster session Math for the real world
Student-driven research program applies math to thorny social and biological problems
Released  April 13, 2016
ship through ice Video: Bringing mathematics to sea ice research
NSF-funded Ken Golden plays key role in better understanding sea ice changes
Released  November 4, 2015
graphic representation shows how three active sources cloak an incoming circular wave Hidden from view
Mathematicians formulate equations, bend light and figure out how to hide things
Released  June 19, 2015
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
But math and science are refining ways to predict and limit impact of disasters
Released  May 7, 2015
Terence Tao Mathematician tries to solve wave equations
Breakthrough Prize winner seeks further insights into fluid dynamics
Released  January 12, 2015
Richard Taylor Unlocking the mysteries of mathematics
Breakthrough prize winner has advanced the field
Released  December 19, 2014
globe map showing models of orbiting satellites in the thermosphere Confronting models with observations
Team at National Center for Atmospheric Research develops data assimilation tools used throughout science
Released  November 7, 2014
Manjul Bhargava in the classroom Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava: Mathematics is the pursuit of beauty
Manjul Bhargava, winner of the 2014 Fields Medal, has developed new methods in the geometry of numbers
Released  August 14, 2014
Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 2014
Math is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag. Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Math and a good night's sleep
Released  April 30, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 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
A neuron activated by light Critical tool for brain research derived from "pond scum"
Basic research serendipitously advances brain science
Released  September 30, 2013
Photo of Joel E. Cohen in class Mathematical Biologist Pushes Frontiers of Knowledge
Corporations, international organizations and other institutions rely on this curiosity-driven researcher to answer societal questions
Released  June 21, 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
photo of Jill Pipher Math Institute Serves As Bridge for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Best mathematical minds from around the world collaborate on projects with a strong computational component
Released  May 14, 2013
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
A 3-D computer model of a stent. Scientists Use Math to Build Better Stents
University of Houston mathematician Sunica Canic and her colleagues build computer models to study stents; their simulations could lead to better designs and also help doctors select the right stents for specific procedures
Released  August 26, 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
Image of a two-dimensional representation of the Klein bottle topology. Klein Bottle is a Real Natural in the Zoo of Geometric Shapes
Discovery could advance understanding of human vision and lead to powerful data compression techniques
Released  October 7, 2008
Photo of a researcher in a lab. Math Could Aid in Curing Cancer
Scientists and medical doctors couple math and medicine for unusual, promising marriage
Released  August 4, 2008
Photo of Jessica Alba and recipients of 2008 A.M.P.A.S Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards. The Man Behind Amazing Movie Simulations
He may not be as famous as Johnny Depp or Jessica Alba, but Oscar-winner Ron Fedkiw creates 3-D models of liquids that have had a major impact on Hollywood and our lives
Released  July 24, 2008
Photo of theoretical mathematician Graeme Milton. Cloaking Device Concept Moves Beyond Theory
Applied mathematician Graeme Milton brings the dream of cloaking devices portrayed in "Star Trek" and "Harry Potter" closer to reality
Released  June 18, 2008
Photo of surgeon Jon Wagner holding plastic casts of fractured jaws. Engineers Create Better Fix for Broken Jaws
Computer finite element modeling program used by University of New Mexico engineers in designing smaller and lighter plates for jaw repair surgery
Released  May 13, 2008
Photo of two men in at a whiteboard Using Abstract Mathematics to Solve Real-World Problems
Researcher's mathematical theory used in new technologies to destroy cancerous tumors
Released  March 5, 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
The E8 root system consists of 240 vectors in an 8-dimensional space. A Mathematical Solution for Another Dimension
New tool could drive breakthroughs in several disciplines
Released  March 19, 2007
Both tropical rainfall and magnetism are described by the math of self-organized criticality. A Link Between Rainfall and Magnetism
They are nothing alike--except for their underlying mathematics
Released  June 29, 2006
A gene chip A Better Algorithm for Detecting Cancer Genes
Process detects known cancer-related genes as well as new ones
Released  May 12, 2006

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