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Engineering (ENG) 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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animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Students in a lab Nanoscale solutions to a very large problem
NSF-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center to enable deployment of mobile, efficient water treatment and desalination systems
Released  March 31, 2016
researchers test water in a kitchen while the resident is watching Flint water crisis: For young engineers, a lesson on the importance of listening
Students in engineering ethics class helped uncover lead levels in Flint water, learned to listen to community in distress
Released  March 23, 2016
aerial image showing a network of levees and wetlands protect the low-lying agricultural communities National Science Foundation invests in a clean water future
On World Water Day, NSF declares agency commitments to clean water research, supporting accessible, secure and sustainable water resources
Released  March 22, 2016
animation showing hydrocarbons clump together and rise through water during purification Acoustic technique presents fresh take on water treatment
Technology could solve longstanding problem of separating suspended contaminants from water
Released  March 22, 2016
Lynden Archer with students in the lab After the Lecture
NSF-funded materials scientist Lynden Archer on batteries, diversity and the state of materials science
Released  March 16, 2016
micro-biosensor on the side of a coin Fundamental science will play a key role in finding cancer cure
NSF-supported research to help U.S. achieve cancer 'moonshot'
Released  March 15, 2016
Generic Discovery Image Pioneering women in STEM -- how many do you know?
This Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration
Released  March 11, 2016
France Cordova and Gabriela Gonzalez at LIGO Celebrating women in science and engineering
NSF Director shares her thoughts on Women's History Month
Released  March 3, 2016
Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016
Slideshow image showing robot walking How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally
University of Michigan engineers seek to perfect the science of balance
Released  December 14, 2015
person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015
illustration showing a city skyline, bridge, airplane and power grid A beautiful defense for smart grids
The next generation of engineering algorithms help protect the evolving smart grid
Released  October 30, 2015
polarization grating and light 4-D laser printing: holograms and beyond
Novel tech that manipulates light has applications beyond holograms, from studying alien worlds to making cellphones more energy efficient
Released  October 21, 2015
student in front of a microscope Trouble in the air?
The smell of licorice and lessons learned from the West Virginia chemical spill
Released  October 20, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015
Researcher Robin Murphy  next to damaged buildings Robots to the rescue
Five lessons from Hurricane Katrina (and 22 subsequent emergency robot deployments)
Released  September 17, 2015
Wildfire in a forest In year of U.S. wildfires, Nepal earthquake, NSF awards $27.5 million in hazards research grants
Scientists will study ways to predict and respond to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, drought
Released  September 9, 2015
Andrea Alu Video: Now you see it...
Andrea Alý makes small things invisible--and that could mean big things for technology
Released  August 18, 2015
Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 2015
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
people and rubble following the Nepal earthquake of April 25, 2015. NSF awards grants for study of Nepal earthquake
Research aims to help people in Nepal and beyond become more resilient in natural disasters
Released  August 3, 2015
animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 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
Moroccan students The power of translation
Software helps deaf and hearing communities interact, in the U.S. and abroad
Released  July 22, 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
Anna Balazs After the Lecture: Anna Balazs
Materials scientist Anna Balazs on her journey from Hungary, inspiration from her parents and the future of biosensing
Released  July 2, 2015
Illustration of Laser micro-transfer printing Letting go with lasers
Focused energy of lasers breaks microscopic adhesion
Released  July 1, 2015

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