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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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computerscreen showing an image from The Mars Rover video game Collaboratively exploring virtual worlds
Researchers from the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and StandardsWork create platform for learning math and programming skills
Released  June 29, 2015
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015
illustration showing hands at a computer Rethinking computerized clinical alerts
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis redesign drug interaction warnings to avoid 'alert fatigue'
Released  June 24, 2015
mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  June 19, 2015
graphic representation shows how three active sources cloak an incoming circular wave Hidden from view
Mathematicians formulate equations, bend light and figure out how to hide things
Released  June 19, 2015
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 2015
Concept sketches of a toy helicopter in skWiki Tools for real-time visual collaboration
Indiana and Purdue University professors design cyberlearning system to make sharing ideas easier
Released  June 10, 2015
hand hold a robotic hand Veterans will be first to try cyber physical therapy
High-speed research networks help scientists develop and deploy future health technologies
Released  June 9, 2015
screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015
images generated using data from a particle-in-cell simulation Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?
Scientists developing technology that could expand use for medicine, national security, materials science, industry and high energy physics research
Released  April 21, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
screenshot showing virtual human characters Virtual role-play and robo-tutors
Cyberlearning project teaches language and cross-cultural communication with avatars and robots
Released  April 8, 2015
Nurses next to a robotic patient in a hospital bed How robots can help build better doctors
Research seeks to make better 'human patient simulators'
Released  April 7, 2015
Greg Gogolin Restoring lost data
Researchers developing 3-D digital laser microscopy to create visual roadmap
Released  April 3, 2015
screenshot showing an experiment in Internet routing included in the GENI Massive Open Online Course Hands-on training for tomorrow's Internet engineers
NYU researchers give students around the world real-world networking experiences through NSF-supported GENI wireless resources
Released  March 25, 2015
Kettering University students participating in a community cleanup Igniting change in Vehicle City
Kettering University leads effort to improve city services in Flint, Mich., through high-speed networking
Released  March 24, 2015
woman exercising in front of monitor Fitness app connects exercisers to experts
NSF-supported Fitnet uses powerful computing and networking infrastructure to enable new capabilities
Released  March 23, 2015
power lines Smarter smart grids
ExoGENI testbed helps researchers develop methods for monitoring, controlling and troubleshooting power grids
Released  March 18, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
wheat plants Developing infrastructure for data sharing around the world
NSF-supported organization coordinates US participation in global data-sharing and infrastructure-building effort
Released  March 9, 2015
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
students and teachers at a conference Artful coders
AP Computer Science Principles draws arts students into computational thinking in Alabama
Released  March 6, 2015
woman in front of a computer Just in time: Tips for computer science teachers when they need it
NSF's supported professional development program provides online tools and resources for new and experienced computer science educators
Released  March 4, 2015
Visualizations of future nano-transistors From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
Purdue researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to design the building blocks of future nano-computing technologies
Released  March 3, 2015
two images of a snowflake Road safety through snowflake imaging
Technology that delivers incredible mid-air snowflake images may now help improve road safety
Released  March 2, 2015
Composite image of the northeast United States during an energy blackout. Creating the energy Internet
How leaders in research, industry and engineering education are working to create the energy network of the future
Released  February 25, 2015
Video of the ignition of pine needles by contact with a hot steel particle Engineering the spark that starts the wildfire
Understanding how hot metal shards cast off by infrastructure ignite wildfires
Released  February 10, 2015
animated map of transit systems Walking, driving and riding in a winter wonderland
Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
Released  February 5, 2015

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