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Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) 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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montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014
Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer re-create X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 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
simulation showing hydrodynamic instability of dark matter Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Simulations shed light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies
Released  January 22, 2014
Map of Antarctica Advances in Computational Research Transform Scientific Process and Discovery
NSF-supported supercomputers enhance union between technology and the human mind
Released  March 25, 2013
Photo of the dig site at Chersonesos, a Greek colony on the Crimean peninsula. Digitizing the Past to Protect and Preserve History
Using supercomputers to help protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts
Released  August 14, 2012
A cellulose-digesting enzyme from a fungus. Making Nature's Best Better to Produce Biofuels
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses supercomputer simulations to explore designer enzymes for renewable fuels
Released  January 31, 2012
Photo of Masao Kanamitsu of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Modeling the Local Impact of Global Climate Change
Scripps researcher adapts global climate model to improve regional predictions
Released  September 15, 2011
Photo of Daniel Bodony, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at UIUC. Reducing Jet Noise by Controlling Turbulence
Supercomputing aids scientists in developing a novel technique to reduce jet noise
Released  September 12, 2011
Image of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. A Volcanic Idea to Reverse Climate Change
Supercomputer simulations by University of Washington researchers outline the potential risks and benefits of geoengineering
Released  August 19, 2011
Schematic diagram showing human chromosome 21 with a small region outlined in red. Placing Landmarks on the Genome Map
Vishy Iyer and colleagues use supercomputers and next-generation gene sequences to explore DNA and heredity
Released  May 31, 2011
Simulated data showing protons colliding to form a Higgs boson that decays into hadrons, electrons. Testing Technicolor Physics
Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories
Released  May 5, 2011
Colors in this image depict peak wave heights of the tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, March 11. The TeraGrid Community Steps Up to Help Japan in Crisis
Advanced computation enabled by supercomputers enhances understanding of earthquake and tsunamis and their impacts
Released  May 2, 2011
Image showing presentation of the entire testbed collection as a treemap . A Glimpse of the Archives of the Future
With NSF support, the Texas Advanced Computer Center is finding solutions to keeping track of large amounts of data
Released  April 5, 2011
Image of the observable surface of a star about 3,000 degrees cooler than our sun. 3-D Images Reveal New Composition of the Sun
Improved 3-D simulations carried out at the NSF-supported Texas Advanced Computing Center are leading scientists to reevaluate the sun's composition and theories about the structure and evolution of stars
Released  August 18, 2010
Illustration of a double-stranded DNA in a synthetic nanopore revealed by molecular simulation. New Gene Sequencing Method Could Reduce Cost, Increase Speed
Researchers are developing a new kind of DNA sequencer that will make the dream of "reading" a person's genetic code for less than $1,000 a reality
Released  July 16, 2010
Photo of the natural fluorescence of Acropora millepora under a dissecting microscope. As Corals Die Off, Scientists Watch for Signs of Evolution
Biologist Mikhail Matz uses next-generation sequencers and a massive, NSF-supported supercomputer to study corals at the genomic level and look for evolutionary changes
Released  June 24, 2010
Computer prediction of a novel inhibitor binding to the JNK substrate docking site on a protein. Computers Could Make Better Drugs
Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster, cheaper ways to search for new drugs
Released  May 11, 2010
Photo of an image of a fire captured by an HPWREN automated digital camera on Lyons Peak. Wiring the Wilderness
Working with a wide range of partners, NSF-supported HPWREN demonstrates the value of connecting remote science sites to a high-speed network
Released  December 1, 2009
Photo of Julia Barnathan assisting a student with a lesson Online Labs Aim to Revolutionize High School Science
Project makes online laboratories available to high school students, allowing them to gather real scientific data and, perhaps, think more like scientists
Released  October 2, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Illustration of a supernova explosion. Not a Quirk But a Quark ... a Quark Star!
Super-luminous stellar explosion observed via Caltech's Palomar Observatory, possibly resulting in a quark star
Released  June 26, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
aerial view of wildfire, smoke and flames covering large area of field The Evolution of California Firefighting
What does high performance wireless networking have to do with fighting wildfires? Plenty, according to California fire captain Ron Serabia.
Released  May 25, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
View of smoke from wildfire Communications Team Erects Lifeline for Firefighters Battling California Wildfires
Researchers bridge command post to the Internet within 24 hours of emergency call
Released  July 26, 2006
Generic Discovery Image Mosaic Launches an Internet Revolution
In 1993, the world's first freely available Web browser that allowed Web pages to include both graphics and text spurred a revolution in business, education, and entertainment that has had a trillion-dollar impact on the global economy.
Released  April 8, 2004
gamma-ray burst GRB021004 Wireless Network Helps Astronomers Observe Elusive Gamma-Ray Bursts
A gamma-ray burst (GRB) is one of the universe's most mysterious and explosive events. The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network has given Palomar Observatory the speed astronomers need to pinpoint GRBs and catch them in the act.
Released  April 8, 2004
photo of the world with the Little GLORIAD network ring United States, Russia, China Link Up First Global-Ring Network for Advanced Science and Education
In December 2003, the United States, Russia and China announced the start of operations for the first round-the-world computer network ring. The ring involves the first-ever fiber network connection across the Russia-China border.
Released  March 19, 2004
three-dimensional model of a thunderstorm NSF Shapes the Internet's Evolution
With funding from NSF and other government agencies, the Internet has become a fundamental resource in science, engineering and education. It has spawned vibrant commercial enterprises and changed the way people communicate.
Released  July 25, 2003

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