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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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Image of Bacillus subtillis. Researchers investigate remarkable approach to desalination
Rice scientists reprogram protein pairs; attempt to modify bacterial decisions
Released  August 3, 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
a sample of charged iron in a recipient New, high-energy rechargeable batteries
Researchers develop molten air battery with commercial potential
Released  June 27, 2014
Dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of hard spheres representing a colloidal gel Helping ideas gel
NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science
Released  June 26, 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  April 24, 2014
crystalline motif First principles approach to creating new materials
Solid-state chemistry and theoretical physics combined to help discover new materials with useful properties
Released  April 4, 2014
Daniel Sheehy Researcher studies unsolved problem of interacting objects
Insights could enable more widespread use of superconducting materials
Released  March 10, 2014
image of Chulsung Bae Material technology that can increase performance of fuel cells
Researcher hopes to create fuel cells that are more durable, efficient and less costly
Released  February 25, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
Lara Estroff Learning from biology to create new materials
Researcher studies crystal growth that may lead to biomaterials for bone and tooth repair
Released  February 10, 2014
Illustration of brain cancer Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth
Cell-based treatment could lead to a new standard of care for brain cancer patients
Released  February 3, 2014
Jonathan Rudick  headshot New hybrid molecules could lead to materials that function at the nanoscale
Research could lead to improvements in large-scale water purification and solar power
Released  January 13, 2014
Marie Curie in her lab Diversity in science
Celebrating Marie Curie's birthday means recognizing her courage, commitment and scientific genius
Released  November 7, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
Diagram showing an experimental polymer and molecular structures of various substances Center Creates Polymers Made From Safe and Renewable Natural Resources
Researchers partner with more than 25 companies to conduct research and development
Released  July 24, 2013
Closeup image of a porous nanostructured particle made from fly ash Recyclable Fly Ash Material Cleans Up Oil Spills
Scientists create zeolites that remove oil from polluted water and return the oil to the processing plant
Released  June 27, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Schematic illustration of the design concept for self-assembling drug amphiphiles Scientist Studies How to Turn Cancer Drugs Into Their Own Delivery Systems
Key is incorporating water properties into effective nanoscale systems
Released  April 5, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
A scanning electron micrograph of fungus Nodulisporium sp. Harnessing Plant-Invading Fungi for Fuel
As gas prices rise around the world, researchers are seeking a potential solution from endophytic fungi
Released  January 8, 2013
Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste. Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts
Mushroom mycelium is an alternative to plastics and foams
Released  December 11, 2012
Illustration showing how liquid crystal molecules become images in the Boogie Board eWriter. How Liquid Crystal Displays Work in an eWriter
The Boogie Board eWriter developed by Kent Displays Inc. as an alternative to paper products
Released  December 3, 2012
Photo of student Keith Berry in the chemistry lab A Student's Road to Research
NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is a pathway to a career in science and engineering
Released  November 13, 2012
Photo of curve-crease sculpture called Green Balance, created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Computer Scientist Turned Artist
CAREER awardee studies geometric folding algorithms
Released  October 25, 2012
Image of colloidal beads, bright dots, assembled on a liquid droplet forming a 3-D curved structure. Self-healing Curved Crystals
Scientists discover novel method of removing defects by bending, twisting, flexing materials
Released  September 30, 2012
Photo of a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 2012
Students use the PhET Wave Interference simulation. PhET Simulations Provide Interactive Learning Tools
The PhET project, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, offers simulations where students can simulate experiments and more
Released  January 25, 2012
George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011

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