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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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Photo of two men in at a whiteboard Using Abstract Mathematics to Solve Real-World Problems
Researcher's mathematical theory used in new technologies to destroy cancerous tumors
Released  March 5, 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 2 people and a 3-D tessellated image of a brain projected on a large monitor. Brain Surgery: It Really Is Brain Surgery
Dynamic 3-D computer modeling tracks brain changes during surgery
Released  August 31, 2007
aerial view of wildfire, smoke and flames covering large area of field The Evolution of California Firefighting
What does high performance wireless networking have to do with fighting wildfires? Plenty, according to California fire captain Ron Serabia.
Released  May 25, 2007
Illustration of computer screen and sensor embedded in a bridge span. Life Can Be a Strain
From enormous mining trucks to human knee implants, sensor technology is teaching us when enough is enough
Released  February 21, 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
With strong magnetic fields and cold temperatures, magnetic order in barium-copper silicate emerges. Purple Haze
Ancient pigment reveals secrets about unusual state of matter
Released  July 11, 2006
Larva on leaf Earth's Biodiversity Now on Your Desktop
Global Web service connects vast networks of primary biodiversity data
Released  April 20, 2006
Watch this "Virtual Cell" animation to learn how proteins are transported in a cell. Virtual Tools Add New Dimension to Learning
Internet-based resources educate students about archaeology, biology, computer science and geology
Released  April 12, 2006
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 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
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
Image shows two molecules binding to a larger molecule. Molecules in Motion: Computer Simulations Lead to a Better Understanding of Protein Structures
A California researcher is using the world's most powerful supercomputers to simulate the behavior of molecules. The work could have significant health benefits.
Released  July 29, 2005
Screen capture from video showing surgeon and robot in an operating room Robots in the OR -- Stat!
Penelope the robot may free nurses to do more "human" tasks
Released  April 28, 2005
Man reading newspaper with headline NSF Tops in Computer Funding New Analysis Method Ranks National Science Foundation As Tops For Computer Science Funding
New data shows NSF has the highest ranking among national and international agencies for funding high-impact computer and information science research.
Released  December 16, 2004
World map showing the spread of the Code Red worm in 2001 Network Telescope Offers Global View of Internet's Dark Side
UCSD's network telescope looks at the dark side of the Internet--traffic destined for a part of the Internet with legal addresses but no active computers. By watching this supposedly dark Internet, researchers have shed light on malicious activities.
Released  October 13, 2004
Portion of Digital Libraries I logo. On the Origins of Google
Even in the early days of the Internet, people saw the need for better interfaces to growing data collections. A graduate student supported by an NSF digital library project at Stanford University uncovered the missing links in Web page ranking.
Released  August 17, 2004
Photo of a computer disk drive. From Moonbounce to Hard Drives: Correcting More Errors Than Previously Thought Possible
What does a Nobel laureate need to bounce a radio signal off the moon? A good error-correcting code, for one thing. Now, a breakthrough error-correction method has turned almost 40 years of conventional wisdom in digital communications on its head.
Released  August 11, 2004
Artist's conception of OGLE-TR-56b. Ogling Distant Stars
An NSF-funded project that monitors the brightness of stars has given astronomers a potent tool for discovering planets far beyond our part of the galaxy. We can expect to find more "exoplanets" in the decade ahead.
Released  August 9, 2004
graduate student Robert Dalton listens to an MTB recording Hearing It Like It Was
Your ears not only tell you what you're hearing, but also a lot about where you're hearing it. A new recording and playback method developed at the University of California, Davis, keeps your head in the mix, so you can hear it like it really was.
Released  July 30, 2004
icon of a hand and www Detecting Hidden Groups on the Internet
In the free-form clamor of the Internet's discussion groups and other public forums, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute want to listen for the whispers of groups trying to stay hidden.
Released  July 30, 2004
drawing of a triangular faucet opening. Triangles, Not Circles, Make Optimal Faucets
It had long been assumed that circular nozzles, such as those used by ink-jet printers to deposit tiny droplets of ink, were the best shapes for the job. Now, mathematicians at Harvard University have shown that triangular may be the way to go.
Released  July 30, 2004
several views of pterosaur skulls Pterosaur Heads Were Uniquely Adapted for Flight
Taking a high-tech look at fossil skulls, scientists examined the brains of ancient pterosaurs. They found key structures to be specialized and enlarged, a discovery that could revise views of how vision, flight and the brain itself evolved.
Released  July 30, 2004
screen capture from eSkeletons home page and comparison of crania eSkeletons: "The Hip Bone's Connected to the " Web Bone
Cyberskeletons are now a click away at an interactive and expanding digital library of human and primate anatomy.
Released  July 6, 2004
VRD animation. Virtual Display Beams Images Directly into the Eye
Researchers have developed a display that beams full-color images directly onto your retina.
Released  June 3, 2004
Spreadsheet cell borders Exterminating Bugs in Spreadsheets and Web Applications
A spreadsheet error sounds harmless enough, unless your retirement funds or medical treatment rely on that faulty calculation. A six-campus team is working to exterminate the bugs that infest spreadsheets and other programs created by computer users.
Released  May 17, 2004
Developers at the NCHC Access Grid node test the SARS Grid network links. Grid Community Pulls Together to Battle SARS in Taiwan
Grid-computing researchers around the Pacific Rim mobilized to fight the SARS epidemic by helping to establish a cutting-edge communication network, called the Access Grid, among quarantined hospitals across Taiwan.
Released  May 17, 2004
network cables Data Mining Pinpoints Network Intrusions
Vipin Kumar and colleagues at the University of Minnesota are developing data-mining techniques to detect rare events, such as computer break-ins, that are difficult to detect using methods that recognize attacks only through pre-defined patterns.
Released  April 19, 2004
Generic Discovery Image Mosaic Launches an Internet Revolution
In 1993, the world's first freely available Web browser that allowed Web pages to include both graphics and text spurred a revolution in business, education, and entertainment that has had a trillion-dollar impact on the global economy.
Released  April 8, 2004
gamma-ray burst GRB021004 Wireless Network Helps Astronomers Observe Elusive Gamma-Ray Bursts
A gamma-ray burst (GRB) is one of the universe's most mysterious and explosive events. The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network has given Palomar Observatory the speed astronomers need to pinpoint GRBs and catch them in the act.
Released  April 8, 2004

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