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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 Jill Bruning entering data with small group standing behind her in a  farmer's field The Search for Drinking Water in Nicaragua
NSF-supported graduate student describes her fieldwork searching for geologic fractures that could improve groundwater exploration and the siting of wells in the rugged terrain
Released  May 29, 2009
Photo shows the aerial view of the Somma-Vesuvius volcano. Feverish Effort Under Way to Understand Mt. Vesuvius
Geologist Lucia Gurioli tells how a life-long interest in the A.D. 79 eruption led to her research interest in Vesuvius' volcanic processes
Released  December 12, 2007

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