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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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Graph showing the reflectivity at the surface of one of McGovern's simulations. Supercomputer Simulations to Help Predict Tornadoes
Researchers seek to fundamentally transform understanding of spinning giants
Released  June 29, 2011
Image from a simulated interplanetary disturbance caused by an solar magnetic eruption (SME) Taking the "Surprise" out of Surprise Solar Storms
Scientists are learning to predict giant solar storms that could, at any time, hit the Earth and produce cascading catastrophes
Released  March 18, 2010
Photo of the twisting road, Mauna Loa's lava fields and clouds. Water Plays Surprising Role in Climate Change
From Hawaii's Mauna Loa, climate scientists measure oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in water vapor to better understand changes in the water cycle
Released  February 6, 2009
Scientists prepare to launch a balloon to test an emergency deflation system designed for the blimp. Scientist Keeps Ben Franklin's Legacy Alive
Adriana Bailey of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences interviews Yannick Meillier about using kites and aerodynamic blimps in his research
Released  April 18, 2008

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