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Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) 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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Young man stands in front of a row of white telescopes. New Mexico Graduate Student Receives Costa Rica's Top Science Honor
At 26, Esteban Araya is the youngest person to ever receive the top science award from his native Costa Rica. A graduate student in astronomy at New Mexico Tech, Araya was honored for his research into the formation of massive stars.
Released  August 5, 2005
Young girl smiles at camera, science project in background. Teenage Mentors Open Door to Science for Younger Girls
How can schools encourage more girls to study science? Researchers have found that pairing high school girls as mentors of elementary school girls for field and laboratory science investigations boosts interest--and confidence--in both groups.
Released  April 6, 2005
Star-nosed mole News of This Speedy Mole Travels Fast
Researchers need high-speed camera to catch the star-nosed mole devouring its food.
Released  March 8, 2005
Illustration comparing two theories behind the Rio Grande rifting. Deeper View Helps Explain Rio Grande Rift
Subsurface revealed down to the Earth's mantle
Released  March 1, 2005
Student looking through large telescope Real Science for Younger Scientists
Real scientific projects go beyond "cookbook curriculum" and engage students in the unknown.
Released  November 8, 2004
male Black Rosy-Finch Tracking the Black Rosy-Finch: Hidden Treasure and Higher Learning in North America's Alpine Zone
Climbing for science above 10,000 feet, a University of Wyoming student makes a rare discovery that yields new genetic data about one of North America's highest breeding species.
Released  July 30, 2004
The waveguide as it appears within the femtosecond laser amplifier system. Breakthrough Brings Laser Light to New Regions of the Spectrum
Researchers have created a "waveguide" that coaxes extreme-ultraviolet light waves into forming a tightly focused laser-like beam that will allow researchers to "see" tiny features and carve miniature patterns.
Released  December 9, 2003

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