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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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Image of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), taken with a scanning electron microscope. The Invisible AIDS Victims: How Women Cope
Northwestern University associate professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes studies women with HIV/AIDS and the economic resources that help them effectively manage their health
Released  January 14, 2010
Reconstruction of the tarpan, or wild European horse, Equus ferus. Finding the First Horse Whisperers
Sandra Olsen of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History describes how she and her colleagues, with support from NSF, discovered evidence of the early beginnings of horse domestication in Kazakhstan
Released  January 4, 2010
Photo of cultural anthropologist Margie Serrato learning how to properly drink tea in South Korea. Anthropology Abroad: Studying Women's Roles in the Military
Graduate student Margie Serrato on her experiences leaving the familiar to explore the unfamiliar: summer research in South Korea
Released  November 12, 2009
Photo of Andrew Meltzoff The New Science of Learning
Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages
Released  September 11, 2009
Photo of the Northern House mosquito. West Nile Virus: The Search for Answers in Chicago’s Suburbs
The pattern of West Nile virus in Chicago’s suburbs may hold the answers to understanding this disease
Released  August 11, 2009
A real scan of a human brain. Unlocking the Secrets and Powers of the Brain
Leading minds in neuroscience discuss what we know about how our brains work and where the field is headed
Released  June 15, 2009
Photo of Karen Smilowitz who helps nonprofit organizations streamline their work. Libraries, Food Banks Benefit From Transportation Modeling
NSF CAREER awardee Karen Smilowitz applies the art of operations research to find optimal solutions to problems in the nonprofit sector
Released  June 10, 2009
Photo of Ryan Miyakawa warming up the orchestra before recording The Nano Song. Nanotechnology Video Wins Competition, Scores Big Hit on YouTube
While nanotechnology is a field that is generally not well understood by the public, Ryan Miyakawa and fellow graduate students at the University of California Berkeley found a way to both enlighten and entertain non-scientists with this topic
Released  May 11, 2009
Photo of particpants climbing a tree. Changes in Altitude/Changes in Attitude: Scientists and Policymakers Share Views in the Treetops
Excursion to a rainforest canopy creates a communication bridge between scientists and policymakers
Released  April 13, 2009
A photo of a violinist practicing. Fine-tuned Brains
New research shows how musical training enhances an individual's ability to recognize emotion in sound
Released  April 10, 2009
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 Brazil’s Amazon region and the country’s 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

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