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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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Police on the street in Boston Marathon bombing aftermath Responding to terror (again): A study of the Boston Marathon bombing
Media exposure to prior tragedies may sensitize people to new disasters
Released  May 21, 2015
Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) scientists are studying nighttime thunderstorms. Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night
Researchers will spend six weeks this summer probing nighttime thunderstorms on the Great Plains
Released  May 20, 2015
picture of Anne Kelly Knowles Geography and mapping give new dimension to study of the Holocaust
Research addresses questions about the scale of the Holocaust, the meaning of place, and the significance of spatial patterns
Released  May 19, 2015
Expected increases in drought will affect the U.S. power grid, scientists have found. Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid
Scientists recommend looking at power plants' capacities in view of expected changes
Released  May 18, 2015
screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015
An instrument system used to collect samples from different water depths in the ocean. Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer
Tiny marine plants play major role in phosphorus cycle
Released  May 14, 2015
microscope Latest figures show decline in federal funding for R&D, equipment, facilities in FY 2013
Projections show rising federal agency obligations in FY 2014 and FY 2015
Released  May 14, 2015
forest As Massachusetts ecosystems shrink, hard-working "hotspots" emerge
Researchers call hotspots valuable, but say their growing numbers might be cause for concern
Released  May 14, 2015
Instructor working with a student at a technology center Who will do the technical jobs needed to fuel a commercial spacecraft industry?
With NSF funding, SpaceTEC is preparing the next generation of spacecraft technicians
Released  May 13, 2015
hands of a man behind bars Justice intersects with research on federal review committee
NSF's Jon Gould talks about his new role with a panel evaluating a critical part of the justice system
Released  May 8, 2015
William Newman Earthquakes expose limits of scientific predictions
But math and science are refining ways to predict, limit impact of disasters
Released  May 7, 2015
collage of NSF staff Five great reasons to work for the federal government
At the National Science Foundation, public service means fostering discovery and innovation
Released  May 7, 2015
dried trees in a forest Trees turned to snags: "Sudden Oak Death" fells California oaks in their prime
Citizen scientists assist with research on infectious plant disease
Released  May 1, 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
A University Success student working with seals on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Increasing opportunities for Alaska Natives in science and engineering
An evolving pipeline model promotes STEM careers while changing attitudes
Released  April 30, 2015
scientist working in a lab Who earns a doctorate? More women, more foreigners, more minorities
Report provides latest research on trends in doctoral education
Released  April 29, 2015
a school of bigeye travellies fish Scientists map sustainability challenges in Baja California Sur fisheries
Conduct review of ecological and social data for 12 regions around Baja
Released  April 28, 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
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015
aerial view of  volcano Yellowstone magma discovery
NSF-funded seismologists at the University of Utah discover magma hidden beneath Yellowstone's supervolcano
Released  April 23, 2015
Scientist in a field Earth Day: Disease spread among species is predictable
Study in California grassland expands understanding of biodiversity and management of emerging diseases
Released  April 22, 2015
photo of the Capitol dome in Wahsington DC Federally funded R&D center spending declined, latest figures say
Spending has fallen since one-time federal infusion of funds in fiscal year 2009
Released  April 21, 2015
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015
man working on a computer Science and engineering graduate school enrollment increases
Rise largely fueled by influx of foreign students
Released  April 17, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
Andrea Alu The National Science Foundation names engineering researcher Andrea Alù its Alan T. Waterman awardee for 2015
Alù is a pioneer in the field of metamaterials who has developed "cloaking" technology to make objects invisible to sensors
Released  April 16, 2015
Collage of images showing algae in alakes and researcher Earth Day is on the horizon. But is 'greener' always better?
Not when it's the bright green waters of algae-fouled lakes and rivers
Released  April 15, 2015
Timothy Verstynen in graveyard holding a plastic skull and brain. A craving for brains (and knowledge)
Timothy Verstynen on using pop culture, including zombies and podcasting, to talk about serious research
Released  April 13, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
equipment in a lab Research space at academic institutions increased by 4.7 percent in fiscal 2013
Biological and biomedical sciences constitute largest share of research space
Released  April 9, 2015

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