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Earth & Environment 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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fire ants on a plant Border crossing: 10 things to know about invasive fire ants on the march
Are fire ants using forest corridors to advance the front?
Released  August 1, 2014
French green clays in pots, bottles and soap on a counter New answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections: clay minerals?
Researchers discover natural clay deposits with antibacterial properties
Released  July 17, 2014
The NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft outside a hangar Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to study Colorado Front Range ozone pollution
Results are applicable to metropolitan areas across the country, around the world
Released  July 15, 2014
Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 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
snapshot from the Penn State University real-time hurricane analysis Today's forecast: Better forecasts
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Released  June 25, 2014
blue crab with the text photo gallery Summer brings crab feasts--and concerns for Chesapeake blue crabs
Infectious diseases play a part in crab population declines
Released  June 17, 2014
Artist's reconstruction of Zanda Fauna from the Pliocene about three to five million years ago. "Out of Tibet" hypothesis: Cradle of evolution for cold-adapted mammals is in Tibet
Extinct Tibetan fox, ancestor of today's arctic fox, used Tibet as training ground for Ice Age climate
Released  June 11, 2014
owl monkeys Father's day special: And the best father in the animal kingdom is...
Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright discusses why owl monkeys and other species of small monkeys are extraordinarily devoted dads
Released  June 11, 2014
tractor  in a corn field at the NSF Kellogg Biological Station LTER site. How much fertilizer is too much for Earth's climate?
Helping farmers around the globe combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
Released  June 9, 2014
Spray glider in the water World Oceans Day: 12 things to know about El Niņo: Is it coming, and when?
How will it affect coastal species--and the fish on our dinner tables?
Released  June 5, 2014
Allison Steiner Estimating how pollen particles in the atmosphere influence climate
Researchers study water cycle and cloud formation and design computer algorithm models to understand impact
Released  May 29, 2014
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Do you know where the ticks are? Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...
...but maybe were afraid to ask...
Released  May 16, 2014
Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
Willow catkin with dew in Yellowstone. Earth Week: Whither Yellowstone's willows and the streams they shade?
Yellowstone's water table dropping below riverbank willow trees
Released  April 22, 2014
Gray trees killed by bark beetles between green trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. Earth Week: Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
What happens when millions of dead trees, killed by beetles, no longer need water?
Released  April 21, 2014
title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014
granite domes and conifer trees in the mountains Granite bedrock and sequoia forests 'communicate' in the Sierra Nevada
Research reveals the coevolution of life and landscapes
Released  April 3, 2014
Ilya Bindeman Will the Yellowstone supervolcano erupt in our lifetime?
Researcher studies the past to predict the future
Released  March 25, 2014
 the Large Hadron Collider. Catching the Fever
Particle Fever discovers the human element to physics
Released  March 14, 2014
Photo of a white rooftop Is white--or green--the new black in cities?
How effective are white roofs, green roofs, and other urban heat-reducing technologies?
Released  March 11, 2014
Spring wildflowers with Nutrient Network fences in the mountains of southeastern Australia. Herbivores + light = more plant biodiversity in fertilized grasslands
Research on six continents shows that it all comes down to the light
Released  March 10, 2014
The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum By dark of night, how do bats smell their way to fruit?
Scientists find distinctive patterns of olfactory receptors in fruit-eating bats
Released  March 3, 2014
Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014
Echinacea angustifolia flowers The truth about Echinacea: Plant commonly used for colds and flu suffers from disappearing habitat
Purple coneflowers, often found in vanishing prairies, provide food for bees and other species
Released  February 3, 2014
a tomato and the text  photogallery Staple of recipe favorites--the tomato--reveals processes that maintain biodiversity
No hothouse plants: Study examines supermarket tomatoes' wild relatives, which live in Earth's most extreme environments
Released  December 5, 2013
Scientist Andrew Storfer checking a Tasmanian devil for tumor facial disease. Tasmanian devils: Will rare infectious cancer lead to their extinction?
Cartoon character's real-life counterpart may offer clues to human and other animal diseases
Released  November 13, 2013
Image showing the sun's corona It's hot...super hot
Finding answers around the sun
Released  November 12, 2013
Photo of marine organisms under water "Talking" to the animals
Chemical ecologists translate the language of the sea
Released  September 25, 2013

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