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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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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
school of Atlantic cod Warming waters contributed to the collapse of New England's cod fishery
New report shows that warming complicates fisheries management plans
Released  October 29, 2015
hoatzin bird in a tree How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?
Effects were likely only along major waterways
Released  October 28, 2015
smart meter installation New electricity meters are smart -- but are they trusted?
Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015
screenshot of tool that maps connections between neurons with an image of a macaque brain Speeding up extreme big brain data analysis
Interactive software tool lets brain researchers explore large-scale, high-res imaging to better understand connections in the brain
Released  October 26, 2015
hand holding a smartphone with a car in the background Benefits and risks of the 'Internet of Things'
Researchers from the University of Washington identify vulnerabilities in automobiles and medical devices and design tools to prevent data tracking
Released  October 23, 2015
illustration showing computers and other electornic devices, a satellite The future of encryption
NSF-supported researchers are working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies
Released  October 22, 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
person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 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
chart and numbers Accurate data that drives educated policy decisions
NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics focuses on the U.S. research and development enterprise
Released  October 20, 2015
smartphone being held The source of statistics: New frontiers in survey methodology
NSF-sponsored research looks into how a changing technological landscape affects survey collection
Released  October 20, 2015
dead trees in a forest Morticulture: Forests of the living dead
Scientists unearth importance of dead wood to forest ecosystems
Released  October 19, 2015
An infographic shows examples of how NSF-supported cybersecurity research protects people Infographic: How NSF-supported research keeps you safe online
NSF investments in interdisciplinary research helped develop many of the web's basic protections
Released  October 19, 2015
Nepal houses damaged by earthquake Will there be another quake in Nepal? Scientists present insights at upcoming conference
Annual Geological Society of America meeting features NSF-supported earthquake research
Released  October 16, 2015
part of building with the word Bank on it Cybersecurity research looks to guard networks from 'insider threats'
Experts mine computer system data to find potential vulnerabilities
Released  October 15, 2015
artist rendition of a dinosaur with eggs and two babies Research sheds new light on 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate
Evidence shows some dinosaurs elevated their body temperatures using heat sources such as the sun
Released  October 13, 2015
aerial view of of river Amazon Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis program awards $1.5 million in new grants
Funding will lead to new understanding of subjects as large as the Amazon, as small as a mosquito
Released  October 13, 2015
White House Astronomy Night Gearing up for Astronomy Night 2015
10 tips for gathering friends to stargaze
Released  October 13, 2015
Josh Pauli working with a student in the lab. Creating a white hat nation
Josh Pauli, Director of the CyberCorps program at Dakota State University, explains what it takes to train an army of ethical cybersecurity experts
Released  October 9, 2015
hand holding a magnifying glass over the world map with the word protect When hackers talk, this research team listens
Online conversations help fill critical gap in cybersecurity knowledge about attackers' motivations, possible targets
Released  October 8, 2015
Mota cave dig site From a very old skeleton, new insights on ancient migrations
Discovery in Ethiopia yields first ancient human genome sequence from Africa
Released  October 8, 2015
A siphonophore glides through the sea. Clues to future of undersea exploration may reside inside a jellyfish-like creature
Siphonophore holds secrets of oceanic "jet propulsion"
Released  October 7, 2015
burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015
The HOLODEC instrument  on a C-130 aircraft. Scientists use holography to peer into clouds
New way of seeing clouds enhances weather, climate predictions
Released  October 1, 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
fingers picking a test tube U.S. R&D increased in 2013, outpacing GDP
Business R&D performance continues to drive increases
Released  September 21, 2015
student and professor in a glass lab A sustainable model for academic diversity
Outreach from NSF-supported Lehigh-Penn State research institute focuses on long-term impact
Released  September 18, 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

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