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Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) 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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Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Image showing a toddler looking toward a toy and away from a metallic robot. Babies Learn From Robots While Robots Learn From Babies
Interdisciplinary research combines infant learning and computer science
Released  November 18, 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 of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Photo of students participating in the STOMP program. Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
With NSF support, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students.
Released  September 2, 2010
Image of the observable surface of a star about 3,000 degrees cooler than our sun. 3-D Images Reveal New Composition of the Sun
Improved 3-D simulations carried out at the NSF-supported Texas Advanced Computing Center are leading scientists to reevaluate the sun's composition and theories about the structure and evolution of stars
Released  August 18, 2010
Illustration of a double-stranded DNA in a synthetic nanopore revealed by molecular simulation. New Gene Sequencing Method Could Reduce Cost, Increase Speed
Researchers are developing a new kind of DNA sequencer that will make the dream of "reading" a person's genetic code for less than $1,000 a reality
Released  July 16, 2010
Photo of a soccer player's foot on the ball. Soccer Stars Ranked Using Statistics
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project teams
Released  July 8, 2010
Photo of the natural fluorescence of Acropora millepora under a dissecting microscope. As Corals Die Off, Scientists Watch for Signs of Evolution
Biologist Mikhail Matz uses next-generation sequencers and a massive, NSF-supported supercomputer to study corals at the genomic level and look for evolutionary changes
Released  June 24, 2010
Computer prediction of a novel inhibitor binding to the JNK substrate docking site on a protein. Computers Could Make Better Drugs
Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster, cheaper ways to search for new drugs
Released  May 11, 2010
Photo of an image of a fire captured by an HPWREN automated digital camera on Lyons Peak. Wiring the Wilderness
Working with a wide range of partners, NSF-supported HPWREN demonstrates the value of connecting remote science sites to a high-speed network
Released  December 1, 2009
Photo of Julia Barnathan assisting a student with a lesson Online Labs Aim to Revolutionize High School Science
Project makes online laboratories available to high school students, allowing them to gather real scientific data and, perhaps, think more like scientists
Released  October 2, 2009
Photo of Barbara Liskov of MIT in front of a chalk board. Computer Science--A Growing Field That Needs a Few (More) Good Women
Women involved in computer science say more girls should consider a career in this exciting field
Released  March 30, 2009
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
A young man stands in front a bank of computer monitors that project a simulation of river currents. A New Vision for Scientific Visualizations
New technologies create a relatively easy and inexpensive way for researchers to create high-quality visualizations from large data sets
Released  March 3, 2009
Illustration of heads with brains. Synthetic Brains
Researchers study the feasibility of brains made from carbon nanotubes
Released  January 27, 2009
Photo of a man connecting a bicycle to a series of cables. Pedal-Power Supercomputing
Green supercomputing paves the way for sharing scientific research and collaboration
Released  January 14, 2009
Images of original, input, scene matches, and output. Image Building
New computer technology mines photo databases for missing imagery
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of a man's hands cuffed behind his back. Offering New HOPE in the Balance Of Security and Civil Liberties
Data analytics gives law enforcement and intelligence agencies powerful tools that still protect privacy and civil liberties
Released  December 2, 2008
Photo of corn damaged by insects. Placing a Dollar Value on Services Provided by Bats
Advanced imaging and information technology reveals economic and ecological impact of agricultural pest control
Released  November 12, 2008
Thermal infrared image of Brazilian free-tailed bats in Texas. 'Gone Bats' Over Aeroecology
New scientific discipline studies bats, birds and other animals in atmosphere closest to Earth's surface
Released  October 28, 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
Image showing a visualization study of inbound traffic on the NSFNET T1 backbone for September 1991. Mysteries of the Unregulated Internet
Researchers develop an alert system and protocol improvements to keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly
Released  September 29, 2008
A computer-generated image showing the "family" of switches and how they are related. Finding the Switches to Our Cells' 'Computer'
Thousands of memory switches inside our cells help them remember and function
Released  September 24, 2008
Spiral raises the level of abstraction for complete automation without sacrifices in performance. Teaching Computers How to Write Fast Software
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University develop a framework to replace the human programmer in high performance numerical library development
Released  August 8, 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
Illustration of a supernova explosion. Not a Quirk But a Quark ... a Quark Star!
Super-luminous stellar explosion observed via Caltech's Palomar Observatory, possibly resulting in a quark star
Released  June 26, 2008
Plot of genetic markers and world map graphic. Computer Program Reveals Anyone's Ancestry
Researchers develop computer algorithm that can trace the genetic ancestry of thousands of individuals in minutes
Released  May 5, 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

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