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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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Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Largest analysis of microbial data reveals that 99.999 percent of all species remain undiscovered
Released  May 2, 2016
Photo showing two researchers interviewing locals in the mountains Language and earthquakes: Insights in disaster response
In post-quake Nepal, language provides window into 'invisible damage'
Released  April 28, 2016
crabs and fish on the bottom seafloor Evidence points to widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s
Deoxygenation due to climate change threatens marine life
Released  April 27, 2016
woman holding a baby touching a screen Math without numbers
Researchers show humans and other animals can understand quantities, even without language
Released  April 27, 2016
Fish swimming by a healthy coral reef in the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Too much algae -- and too many microbes -- threaten coral reefs
'Microbialization' destroys reef habitats
Released  April 26, 2016
 group of patrollers in the forest Outwitting poachers with artificial intelligence
NSF-funded researchers apply computer science and game theory to protect Earth's endangered animals and forests
Released  April 22, 2016
A baby Rapetosaurus stands alongside a dog, elephant, rhino and hippo Newly discovered baby Titanosaur sheds light on dinosaurs' early lives
Long-necked sauropod dinosaurs include the largest animals ever to walk on land
Released  April 21, 2016
animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016
microchip and integrated circuits Federal research funding up 6 percent in FY2014
Obligations for both basic and applied research rise
Released  April 20, 2016
shepards using a mobile device Computers play a crucial role in preserving the Earth
From bears to birds to herders: NSF-funded researchers develop computing methods to cultivate a sustainable environment, economy and society
Released  April 20, 2016
A four-month-old infant baboon rides on its mother's back in Amboseli, Kenya. Rough childhoods can have ripple effects for wild baboons
Baboons who experience drought, loss of mothers, live shorter lives
Released  April 19, 2016
Ponderosa pine on Grand Canyon rim falling over Earth Week: In a drought, which trees risk death?
Study identifies tree traits that contribute to drought vulnerability
Released  April 18, 2016
collage of images showing corals, divers Earth Day: New insights into coral health hidden in reefs' microbiomes
Inner microbial ecosystems keep reef-building corals and other animals 'in the pink'
Released  April 18, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Sarah Laszlo prepares a subject to measure brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to 'brainprints'
Project aimed at predicting reading problems yields unexpected benefits in biometrics
Released  April 14, 2016
MTBI students at poster session Math for the real world
Student-driven research program applies math to thorny social and biological problems
Released  April 13, 2016
Jacob Abernethy Machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd
NSF CAREER awardee combines machine learning, economics to develop socially beneficial forecasts
Released  April 8, 2016
Automated chambers in use a young stand of wheat. New land-use strategies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Improved land-use practices needed as strategies for lowering greenhouse gases
Released  April 7, 2016
animation showing clouds and weather systems moving through Midwest US Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains
Multi-agency project advances understanding and prediction of extreme storms using simulation and data science
Released  April 4, 2016
Trinity Lake dried out California drought patterns becoming more common
Atmospheric patterns linked with drought occurred more frequently in recent decades
Released  April 1, 2016
woman holding a piece of hardware Report: U.S. institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded in 2014
Trends include more S&E degrees, more doctorates for women
Released  April 1, 2016
Students in a lab Nanoscale solutions to a very large problem
NSF-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center to enable deployment of mobile, efficient water treatment and desalination systems
Released  March 31, 2016
woman looking through a microscope Number of science and engineering graduate students up in 2014
Increase largely due to foreign student influx
Released  March 30, 2016
closeup of a child's face Video: Tiny cars help infants' cognitive development
Research helps young children 'hack' their own mobility solutions
Released  March 30, 2016
William A. Tarpeh working in the lab NSF awards 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships
Diverse group of awardees includes 1,077 women
Released  March 29, 2016
cars in traffic on a highway and a big sun Ocean temperatures predict U.S. heat waves 50 days out
Pacific pattern forms in advance of hot days in Eastern U.S.
Released  March 28, 2016
diver under water Video: Changing ocean chemistry may threaten Antarctic food chain
To monitor changes, researchers deploy automated ocean sensors around McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
Released  March 24, 2016
aerial view of lake Erie showing algal blooms Community college teams propose ways to improve natural resource sustainability
NSF, AACC announce finalists for Community College Innovation Challenge
Released  March 23, 2016
researchers test water in a kitchen while the resident is watching Flint water crisis: For young engineers, a lesson on the importance of listening
Students in engineering ethics class helped uncover lead levels in Flint water, learned to listen to community in distress
Released  March 23, 2016
aerial image showing a network of levees and wetlands protect the low-lying agricultural communities National Science Foundation invests in a clean water future
On World Water Day, NSF declares agency commitments to clean water research, supporting accessible, secure and sustainable water resources
Released  March 22, 2016

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