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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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Simulated data showing protons colliding to form a Higgs boson that decays into hadrons, electrons. Testing Technicolor Physics
Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories
Released  May 5, 2011
Photo of a young woman taking a photo for a paper prototype used to demonstrate the Forage City app. Mobile Action Lab Trains Young People to Design, Develop and Market Apps
NSF-funded Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab trains young people to design, develop and market apps based on community needs
Released  May 5, 2011
Colors in this image depict peak wave heights of the tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, March 11. The TeraGrid Community Steps Up to Help Japan in Crisis
Advanced computation enabled by supercomputers enhances understanding of earthquake and tsunamis and their impacts
Released  May 2, 2011
Image showing presentation of the entire testbed collection as a treemap . A Glimpse of the Archives of the Future
With NSF support, the Texas Advanced Computer Center is finding solutions to keeping track of large amounts of data
Released  April 5, 2011
Photo 7 people--Jakub Szefer and Cheng Chen-Mou, and Cheng's research group. A Trip Abroad to Design More Efficient Computer Chips
Graduate student Jakub Szefer describes his experience abroad working with a National Taiwan University professor and designing and implementing a microprocessor simulator, thanks to NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program
Released  December 10, 2010
Digital organisms self-replicate with different fitness levels and fill empty spaces. Digital Organisms Shed Light on Mystery of Altruism
NSF-supported researchers use digital evolution techniques to examine theories about the evolution of altruism
Released  November 15, 2010
Photo of Jun Yao, a graduate student at Rice University. Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics
Released  October 8, 2010
Image of the observable surface of a star about 3,000 degrees cooler than our sun. 3-D Images Reveal New Composition of the Sun
Improved 3-D simulations carried out at the NSF-supported Texas Advanced Computing Center are leading scientists to reevaluate the sun's composition and theories about the structure and evolution of stars
Released  August 18, 2010
Illustration depicting cybersecurity in the United States. Scientists Take Aim at Website Hackers
With NSF support, a team of computer scientists is using a novel, two-pronged approach to protect websites from hackers
Released  July 23, 2010
Illustration of a double-stranded DNA in a synthetic nanopore revealed by molecular simulation. New Gene Sequencing Method Could Reduce Cost, Increase Speed
Researchers are developing a new kind of DNA sequencer that will make the dream of "reading" a person's genetic code for less than $1,000 a reality
Released  July 16, 2010
Photo of a soccer player's foot on the ball. Soccer Stars Ranked Using Statistics
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project teams
Released  July 8, 2010
Photo of the natural fluorescence of Acropora millepora under a dissecting microscope. As Corals Die Off, Scientists Watch for Signs of Evolution
Biologist Mikhail Matz uses next-generation sequencers and a massive, NSF-supported supercomputer to study corals at the genomic level and look for evolutionary changes
Released  June 24, 2010
Computer prediction of a novel inhibitor binding to the JNK substrate docking site on a protein. Computers Could Make Better Drugs
Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster, cheaper ways to search for new drugs
Released  May 11, 2010
Photo of students using XO laptops. XO Laptops Inspire Learning In Birmingham, Alabama
Researchers examine the educational and social effects of making one laptop per child available in selected classrooms, and the impact on student outcomes
Released  April 14, 2010
Image of an interacting galaxy. Coming to a Home Near You: Citizen Science Contributes to Research
Discovery may be in front of your home computer, thanks to "citizen scientist" projects
Released  March 24, 2010
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
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 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
Photo of Barbara Liskov of MIT in front of a chalk board. Computer Science--A Growing Field That Needs a Few (More) Good Women
Women involved in computer science say more girls should consider a career in this exciting field
Released  March 30, 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
A young man stands in front a bank of computer monitors that project a simulation of river currents. A New Vision for Scientific Visualizations
New technologies create a relatively easy and inexpensive way for researchers to create high-quality visualizations from large data sets
Released  March 3, 2009
Photo of end-on view of high numerical aperture custom lens system used to trap and image an atom. Excited Atoms Advance Quantum Computing
Scientists using a single atom to control another with the Rydberg Blockade principle have moved a step closer to unimaginable computing power
Released  February 24, 2009
Illustration of heads with brains. Synthetic Brains
Researchers study the feasibility of brains made from carbon nanotubes
Released  January 27, 2009
Photo of a man connecting a bicycle to a series of cables. Pedal-Power Supercomputing
Green supercomputing paves the way for sharing scientific research and collaboration
Released  January 14, 2009
Images of original, input, scene matches, and output. Image Building
New computer technology mines photo databases for missing imagery
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of a man's hands cuffed behind his back. Offering New HOPE in the Balance Of Security and Civil Liberties
Data analytics gives law enforcement and intelligence agencies powerful tools that still protect privacy and civil liberties
Released  December 2, 2008
Photo of Jonathan Arnold and Heinz-Bernd Schuttler discussing their work on biological clocks. The Biological Clock's Incredible Influence Revealed
University of Georgia researchers find that the number of genes under the control of the biological clock in bread mold is dramatically higher than previously reported
Released  November 5, 2008
Photo of basmati rice before harvest. Using Your Computer to Grow More Nutritious Rice for a Hungry World
Computational biologists use a powerful distributed computing network to research rice genome for increased yields of more nourishing rice varieties
Released  October 14, 2008
Image showing a visualization study of inbound traffic on the NSFNET T1 backbone for September 1991. Mysteries of the Unregulated Internet
Researchers develop an alert system and protocol improvements to keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly
Released  September 29, 2008
A computer-generated image showing the "family" of switches and how they are related. Finding the Switches to Our Cells' 'Computer'
Thousands of memory switches inside our cells help them remember and function
Released  September 24, 2008

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