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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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Henry Fu with simulation device Microorganisms: Studying the mechanics of their locomotion
Research has potential for improvements in treating diseases and reproductive health and creating new drug delivery systems
Released  June 5, 2014
Image of glial cells in a mouse brain The beautiful brain cells you don't know about
Hint: They're not neurons
Released  June 3, 2014
Children in a Sea Perch team with a remotely operated vehicle. Competitions inspire STEM learning through innovative project
Engineering challenges engage middle-school students in designing, testing and building – and it happens after school and on Saturdays
Released  June 3, 2014
Allison Steiner Estimating how pollen particles in the atmosphere influence climate
Researchers study water cycle and cloud formation and design computer algorithm models to understand impact
Released  May 29, 2014
micrograph showing methane-eating bacteria A biodegradable plastic made from waste methane
Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane
Released  May 27, 2014
 Kate Devlin and Tom Devlin,  NSF GRFs. It's a family affair
Sixty years later, Graduate Research Fellowship recipient's granddaughter receives prestigious NSF fellowship
Released  May 27, 2014
network for fast-charging cars Energy-efficient technologies developed with people in mind
Engineer studies human behavior and how it relates to consumer decision-making
Released  May 23, 2014
Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program Funding as fulcrum
NSF’s Industry and University Cooperative Research program pays big dividends for science and engineering
Released  May 19, 2014
The whole nervous system of a worm. Engineers ask the brain to say, "Cheese!"
How do we take an accurate picture of the world’s most complex biological structure?
Released  May 19, 2014
Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding from a cultured cell. Catching HIV budding from cells: it all comes down to ALIX
Study shows last-minute role of specific protein named ALIX
Released  May 16, 2014
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Do you know where the ticks are? Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...
...but maybe were afraid to ask...
Released  May 16, 2014
Hippocampus cells Artificial brains learn to adapt
Neural networks imitate intelligence of biological brains
Released  May 15, 2014
collage of students and faculty Igniting students’ passion for science
Environmental scientists connect with community colleges and diverse communities to engage in STEM topics
Released  May 14, 2014
Screenshot from student-designed game Tech Sandbox: The playground of neural engineering
University of Washington students compete in creating projects that demonstrate the core principles of neural engineering
Released  May 7, 2014
Illustration of microtubules Engineering resilience in the brain
Penn researchers model neural structures on the smallest scales to better understand traumatic brain injury
Released  May 5, 2014
Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014
researchers in a lab Study suggests survival may not always be about competition
New research findings contradict one of Darwin's lesser known hypotheses, which encourages prioritizing species for conservation based on evolutionary or genetic uniqueness
Released  May 1, 2014
Math is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag. Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Math and a good night's sleep
Released  April 30, 2014
photo of Antonis Rokas Reconstructing the tree of life
Research builds on understanding how life evolved on Earth and how different traits and organisms developed
Released  April 30, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014
researcher working on fossils in a lab Cougars' diverse diet helped species during ice age
New research sheds light on cougars' feeding habits
Released  April 24, 2014
Illustration of an eyeball with retinal implant How to build a brain-machine interface
New-generation brain technologies are now in use thanks to new body-compatible materials, smaller electronics and better sensors designed by engineers
Released  April 24, 2014
Willow catkin with dew in Yellowstone. Earth Week: Whither Yellowstone's willows and the streams they shade?
Yellowstone's water table dropping below riverbank willow trees
Released  April 22, 2014
Gray trees killed by bark beetles between green trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. Earth Week: Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
What happens when millions of dead trees, killed by beetles, no longer need water?
Released  April 21, 2014
liquid asphalt rubber binder poured in a dish Old tires become material for new and improved roads
"Crumb" rubber can lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance
Released  April 21, 2014
Mark D. Hill Shaving nanoseconds from racing processors
University of Wisconsin researcher finds hidden efficiencies in computer architecture
Released  April 17, 2014
image of a new Earth-sized planet Earth-sized exoplanet discovery
Gemini confirms Earth-sized planet
Released  April 17, 2014
title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014
montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014

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