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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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Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011
Top: Scenes From the Life of Saint John the Baptist, Bottom: Cross section of paint layers. What Lies Beneath? Understanding Art Using Science
Scientists are using antibody-based techniques to identify and study the organic compounds used in paintings
Released  March 30, 2011
Image of a Greek vase. Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery
What do cutting-edge research into future space travel and the investigation of ancient ceramic pots have in common? More than you'd think.
Released  March 28, 2011
Photo of a coastal outcrop exposure of Late Ordovician Ellis Bay Formation. Relationship Found Between Ancient Climate Change and Mass Extinction
Researchers use a ground-breaking technique that reveals a relationship between cooler temperatures and Earth's second largest mass extinction, which occurred about 450 million years ago
Released  February 17, 2011
Photo of Michelle Meighan feeding a kangaroo during her summer in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Devil in the Wastewater
Arizona State University grad student Michelle Meighan on her experiences in Tasmania as a participant in NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program
Released  February 3, 2011
Photo showing marshmallows representing hairy spheres connected with plastic coffee stirrers. Exotic Discovery Made in Soft Polymer
Novel nanostructure pattern never seen in a plastic material
Released  January 3, 2011
Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Illustration of sulfur dioxide molecules forming weak bonds with water molecules. The Water Dance
A myriad of methods for watching water molecules in motion advances critical understanding of biology, chemistry and climate science
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of Georgia Tech chemist Nicholas Hud in his laboratory. How Did Life Begin?
Georgia Tech professor Nicholas Hud and his students discover new evidence advancing the theory that certain small molecules may have acted as "molecular midwives" to help the first RNA and DNA molecules to form
Released  July 30, 2010
Illustration showing H. pylori liquefying stomach mucin to cross over to the epithelium cells. How Bacteria Get Past Our Defenses
Research team uncovers how the bacterium that causes ulcers travels through the sticky gels of stomach mucus
Released  November 4, 2009
Photo of Anna Kornfeld Simpson with her robot High School Student Develops Chemical-detecting Robot
California senior describes how she developed a mobile, autonomous robot, spending time in the lab of an NSF-supported researcher, and she shares what it was like to win at the state science fair competition
Released  October 6, 2009
Photo of Charles Sykes and two graduate students using a scanning tunneling microscope. Chemist Aims to Turn Molecules Into Motors
Charles Sykes and his team use scanning tunneling microscopes to study novel molecular motors and rotors
Released  July 22, 2009
Graphical representation of seven test molecule structures. Video Game Technology and Science?
Chemists use the computer technology behind today’s video games to rapidly calculate the structure of molecules
Released  July 15, 2009
Illustration showing scanning tunneling microscopy and angle-resolved photo-electron spectroscopy. Exploring High-temperature Superconductivity and the Pseudogap
Research using two complimentary techniques increases understanding of superconductor materials
Released  June 15, 2009
Photo of JILA's strontium atomic clock. Coping With Unusual Atomic Collisions Makes an Atomic Clock More Accurate
Researchers have figured out how to nullify collision effects and make the clock still more precise
Released  May 20, 2009
Photo of the MIT battery material. Improved Lithium Ion Battery Technology Could Fast-charge Electric Vehicles, Boost Acceleration
"Beltway" coating on cathode eases ions' way into crystalline tunnels
Released  April 22, 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
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
Image showing the red and blue letters retrieved from a data cube. New Record for World's Smallest Letters
Stanford University breaks record set in 1991, promises denser information storage
Released  March 10, 2009
Photo of researchers Bret Flanders and Prem Thapa in their laboratory at Kansas State University. Electrical Nanowires Probe Individual Cells
Radically new technology for studying and controlling cells at the nanoscale
Released  February 20, 2009
Photomicrograph of biocompatible, bioactive glass. Reflecting on the Many Uses of Glass
The director of NSF's International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass at Lehigh University focuses on glass research and exciting students from underrepresented groups about glass science and engineering
Released  February 20, 2009
Photo of water coming out of a faucet. Clean Water for a Crowded, Contaminated World
Revolutionary purification techniques address impending global water crisis
Released  February 2, 2009
Photo of Cornell University researchers who are developing flexible electronics. Did You Say Flexible Electronics?
Organic electronic devices possible with supercritical carbon dioxide process
Released  February 2, 2009
Counterfeit (left) and genuine (right) samples of artesunate from Cameroon. Fake Drugs Exposed by Rapid Chemical Assay
Forensic chemistry leads to shut down of large-scale drug counterfeiting operation in Southeast Asia
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of Ayusman Sen's laboratory team in 2008. Nanoparticles Taught to Swim
NSF-supported research team at Penn State creates nanoscale motors powered by catalytic reactions that convert chemical energy into motion
Released  November 20, 2008
Photo of Afsaneh Rabiei who invented an ultra-strong and lightweight composite metal foam. Foamy Invention Could Save Energy and Lives
NSF CAREER awardee Afsaneh Rabiei's ultra-high-strength composite metal foam could revolutionize impact protection
Released  October 29, 2008
Photo of a gecko, which has a unique ability to scamper across shear surfaces and vertical walls. How to Make Adhesive as Good as a Gecko
Materials scientist Ali Dhinojwala and his team use nanotechnology to develop adhesive tapes that stick better than a gecko’s foot
Released  October 16, 2008
Photo of professors and graduate students. Students Give High Marks to First U.S.-Japan Glass Science School
Meeting brings U.S. university students and researchers together with their Japanese counterparts to talk about new developments and potential collaborations in glass research
Released  August 21, 2008
Photo of hands holding conjugated polymers that change color and intensity when excited by light. The Choreography of Dancing Molecules
Photochemist Elizabeth Harbron and her students investigate the properties of conjugated polymers that can be activated by light
Released  August 5, 2008

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