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Computing 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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man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
Researcher Robin Murphy  next to damaged buildings Robots to the rescue
Five lessons from Hurricane Katrina (and 22 subsequent emergency robot deployments)
Released  September 17, 2015
illustration showing musical notes The sounds of interactivity
Seed funding from NSF, Mozilla helps app developers bring cloud recording studio to students in Chattanooga and beyond
Released  September 16, 2015
screen grab from PlanIT Impact showing Kansas City's 19th and Grand Street corridor Data driven green design
PlanIT Impact uses high-speed networking, open data to show the environmental impact of development
Released  September 15, 2015
students at computers Summer camps seed student interest in cybersecurity
Program reaches 1,400 middle- and high-school students across the nation
Released  September 9, 2015
Brian Nosek and reporter Video: The basics of reproducibility
The president of the Center for Open Science discusses his work
Released  September 1, 2015
cyberlearning Back to school with new cyberlearning tools
Classroom learning technologies fuse computational modeling and data analysis to improve student learning
Released  August 27, 2015
chart comparing SCEC simulations to observations from the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake. Los Angeles basin jiggles like big bowl of jelly in cutting-edge simulations
Computing power helps the Southern California Earthquake Center gain new insights about earthquakes
Released  August 20, 2015
visualization Science, faithfully rendered
NSF-supported ray tracing software lets researchers visualize science with greater fidelity
Released  August 7, 2015
interactive Tree of Trust diagram Cyber-defense and forensic tool turns 20
NSF-supported Bro cybersecurity software helps protect largest, most critical networks from attack
Released  August 4, 2015
image showing a silicon photonic platform Innovations from the wild world of optics and photonics
Princeton research team explores ways of communicating and processing signals with light waves
Released  July 31, 2015
group of people exercising outdoors A scientific smartphone tool for personalized health
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and PARC use predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to develop tailored, health interventions for personalized wellness
Released  July 24, 2015
student looking at a smart phone and computer screen Making Makers in Nedlam's Workshop
Makerspace at Massachusetts high school lets diverse students design new technologies
Released  July 15, 2015
students in a lab working Making the Maker movement accessible
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, develop tools to let individuals with diverse abilities design assistive technologies
Released  July 6, 2015
Anna Balazs After the Lecture: Anna Balazs
Materials scientist Anna Balazs on her journey from Hungary, inspiration from her parents and the future of biosensing
Released  July 2, 2015
computerscreen showing an image from The Mars Rover video game Collaboratively exploring virtual worlds
Researchers from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and StandardsWork create platform for learning math and programming skills
Released  June 29, 2015
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015
illustration showing hands at a computer Rethinking computerized clinical alerts
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis redesign drug interaction warnings to avoid 'alert fatigue'
Released  June 24, 2015
mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  June 19, 2015
graphic representation shows how three active sources cloak an incoming circular wave Hidden from view
Mathematicians formulate equations, bend light and figure out how to hide things
Released  June 19, 2015
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 2015
Concept sketches of a toy helicopter in skWiki Tools for real-time visual collaboration
Indiana and Purdue University professors design cyberlearning system to make sharing ideas easier
Released  June 10, 2015
hand hold a robotic hand Veterans will be first to try cyber physical therapy
High-speed research networks help scientists develop and deploy future health technologies
Released  June 9, 2015
screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
screenshot showing virtual human characters Virtual role-play and robo-tutors
Cyberlearning project teaches language and cross-cultural communication with avatars and robots
Released  April 8, 2015
Nurses next to a robotic patient in a hospital bed How robots can help build better doctors
Research seeks to make better 'human patient simulators'
Released  April 7, 2015

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