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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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Cross-sectional view of a cadmium telluride thin film on glass via a scanning electron microscope. Making Nanoscale Solar Cells in China
Graduate student Meghan Schulz talks about conducting research and engaging in cultural exchanges during an international internship in Shanghai
Released  April 7, 2009
Photo of Randy Davis discussing his research on Weddell seals. More and More Scientists Serve Up Science for Mass Consumption
Scientists use innovative, barrier-busting methods to educate the public and decision-makers about cutting-edge science
Released  March 16, 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
Photo of logs that were from cut from the Amazonian rainforest. Amazon Deforestation: Earth's Heart and Lungs Dismembered
NSF-supported researchers explore the links between globalization, deforestation of Brazilís Amazon region and the countryís dynamic cattle economy
Released  January 23, 2009
A drawing of Mahatma Gandhi on the wall separating the West Bank from Israel. Respect for Sacred Values is Key to Conflict Resolution
Ethical and religious beliefs can trump material gains in motivating human behavior
Released  January 7, 2009
Illustration of a fleeing crowd of artificial agents. A Crowded World
Researchers use computer scenarios to study crowd behavior in time and space
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of a greenhouse. Financial Markets Grow 'Green' Companies
Investors see 'green' firms as less risky, charge lower interest rates
Released  October 7, 2008
Photo showing area one year after the 2006 Tripod Complex fires in northern Washington. Economist Hedges Bets on Wildfires in California
Social scientist Joanne Ho describes an interdisciplinary approach to researching the risks to residents, homes and firefighters in areas threatened by wildfires
Released  September 8, 2008
City of Clarksdale in the Coahoma County, Mississippi Delta region Violent Crime and Civic Engagement in Rural Communities
Sociologist Matthew Lee designs a new conceptual model to study violence in rural settings
Released  August 12, 2008
Photo of a California neighborhood devastated by a wildfire in October 2007. Why People Live in Wildfire Zones
University of Oregon psychology professor Paul Slovic and other researchers offer insight into understanding risks in a democratic society
Released  July 2, 2008
Map showing regions where people have increasing contact with wildlife. Predicting the Next Major Virus
Peter Daszak, executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine at Wildlife Trust, talks about the importance of research to better predict and prevent future devastating pandemics
Released  June 30, 2008
Photo of woman resting her head on basket of laundry. Chore Wars: Men, Women and Housework
Study confirms wives do most household chores
Released  April 28, 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
Photo of Shirley Ann Jackson and William Bialek Top Scientists Promote Innovative, Multidisciplinary Global Problem-Solving Strategies
 
Released  December 11, 2007
Photo of cave opening Seafood Makes Waves: Humans Leave Home
Shellfish allowed humans to relocate to Australia and New Guinea 40,000 years earlier than first thought
Released  October 17, 2007
woman seated on rug next to blue, circular device labeled Roomba Helpful Robot Alters Family Life
A relationship with your vacuum cleaner? Robotic vacuums are warming their way into homes and even taking on a personality for some families.
Released  June 8, 2007
Video-game technology and satellite imagery provide a bird's-eye view of ancient footpaths. Modern Technology Reveals Ancient Footpaths Buried in 2,500 Years Worth of Volcanic Ash
Central-American villagers created sacred burial customs despite volcanic eruptions
Released  March 13, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Social science research provides crucial data on American attitudes, beliefs and social structure. Windows on American Life
Social science research offers insights into American lifestyles and opinions
Released  December 7, 2006
Language helps babies learn spatial relationships such as "in" and "on." Understanding the Building Blocks of Language and Thought
Language shapes how infants learn spatial concepts
Released  December 6, 2006
Aerial photo of Rte 10 & 5 interchange, Los Angeles, CA. Economic Structure Drives Working Poverty in Los Angeles Region
Surprising findings about the geographic distribution of working poverty
Released  September 7, 2006
Companies with easily pronounced names may perform better in the days following an IPO. Company Name Influences Stock Performance
Easy to pronounce names perform better in stock markets
Released  June 23, 2006
Students from across the Middle East grapple with a chemistry problem at the Petra workshop. Bonding in the Middle East
Nobel chemist helps young scientists across the region strengthen ties, work together
Released  April 6, 2006
Baseball player at bat "Crash" Course in Visual Perception and Motor Control
New research explains the role of perception in collisions
Released  March 8, 2006
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 2006
Destruction in Istanbul, Turkey, following the  August 17, 1999, Izmet earthquake Istanbul Overdue for Earthquake Retrofit
Researchers present concerns to Turkish Prime Minister
Released  January 5, 2006
The challenge is to assign each grant application to the appropriate reviewers. Computer Program Streamlines Complex Work Scheduling
Chemical engineers develop an algorithm that could transform scheduling
Released  December 6, 2005
Remains of steel lockers and beds lie amidst other debris from the Celtiksuyu Boarding School. Earthquake Study Suggests Simple Building Fixes Can Save Lives
Code enforcement may have prevented dozens of deaths in Turkish temblor
Released  October 13, 2005
A depiction of the kidney as seen in a live donor transplant. Kidney Exchange: A Life-Saving Application of Matching Theory
Economists help build a kidney exchange system that saves lives.
Released  October 5, 2005
Fingerprint image quality through subsequent generations of genetic algorithm evolution. Man Against Machine
Computer-generated method outperforms human-designed program for fingerprint improvement
Released  September 1, 2005

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