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Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) 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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Students adjust the target wheel and detectors near a beam outlet Nuclear physics technique helps companies detect dangerous compound
Scientist develops new approach to rapidly identify toxic compounds in everyday materials such as clothing
Released  August 17, 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
Student holding a sample for rsearch in the lab Finding the origins of life in a drying puddle
Researchers find wet and dry cycles result in important chemical processes
Released  July 20, 2015
image of tightly-bound quarks Physicists discover long-sought 'pentaquark' particle
Particle could help scientists better understand composition of matter
Released  July 14, 2015
pygmy slow loris clinging to a branch Saving the slow loris
Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 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
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015
a clock, laser beems and frequency combs Combing frequencies
NSF-funded center provides spectrum of new research, technology
Released  June 23, 2015
mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  June 19, 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
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 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
Ari Chakraborty Many uses in researching quantum dots
These nanoparticles can achieve higher levels of energy when light stimulates them
Released  May 1, 2015
Lisa Randall After the lecture: Extra dimensions, interacting dark matter, and the power of uncertainty
A conversation with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall
Released  April 24, 2015
Photo of Albert Einstein Albert Einstein, in his own words
Think you know the man behind the famous equation? Find out how Einstein dealt with the doubters of relativity--and tried to get his kids to write him more letters.
Released  March 20, 2015
Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015
Lisa Manning Materials, like metallic glass, can help us understand how cells break
Research could lead to faster wound recovery and prove valuable in constructing buildings, producing golf clubs and more
Released  March 17, 2015
sun filtered in blue and red Techniques to prove or disprove existence of other planets
Astronomers developed technology while studying Gliese 581
Released  March 6, 2015
researcher holding a piece of plastic From tea bags to Miatas, bioplastics are on the rise
Chemists and other researchers are working up new formulas for greener plastic
Released  March 3, 2015
Cornell University researcher Roald Hoffmann After the Lecture
Nobel Prize chemist Roald Hoffmann on creating the right balance of art, science
Released  March 2, 2015
Saul Perlmutter Scientist who helped discover the expansion of the universe is accelerating
Breakthrough Prize winner continues investigating fundamental physics of the world
Released  February 3, 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
NYU's Bart Kahr After the Lecture...
NSF-funded crystallographer Bart Kahr on the beauty, magic and science of crystals
Released  December 18, 2014
LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014
UCLA astrophysicist  Andrea Ghez After the Lecture...
NSF-funded UCLA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on probing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole
Released  December 5, 2014
gradute students , Francois Hebert, Andy Bohn and William Throwe standing in a classroom 'Blockbuster' science images
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery
Released  November 20, 2014
illustration showing wall of a wood cell New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Research offers sustainable solutions that may have strong benefits to building, construction, automobile and aircraft industries
Released  November 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
 image of the sun  showing prominences and filaments. Spotlighting the sun
Partial solar eclipse shows off massive sunspot
Released  October 24, 2014

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