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Biological Sciences (BIO) 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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burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015
collage of images showing a forest, water and solar panels New, forward-thinking report addresses environmental research, education
NSF advisory committee offers recommendations spanning next decade
Released  September 16, 2015
Field researcher in Alaska Life on Earth: National Science Foundation awards $23 million for studies of planet's biodiversity
Research will fill in knowledge gaps, lead to advances in health, agriculture, energy and manufacturing
Released  September 15, 2015
illustration showing the different eras in history NSF awards $12.3 million for research on genealogy of life
Awards offer new window into development of species, foster synthesis of biodiversity data
Released  September 15, 2015
drawing showing an American kestrel  bird NSF awards $20.4 million for research on how humans, environment interact
Studies continue mission of Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program
Released  September 11, 2015
mosquito on skin To slow the spread of infectious diseases, NSF, NIH, USDA support new research
Scientists will study how diseases are transmitted among humans, other animals and the environment
Released  August 26, 2015
Fog over the estuary of the Klamath River along the Pacific Coast. Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
Ultimately makes its way into ecosystems along shore
Released  August 26, 2015
Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 2015
Scuba diver measuring giant kelp biomass NSF selects first Long-Term Ecological Research network communications office
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis receives $3.5 million award for support of multi-site efforts
Released  August 4, 2015
animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 2015
Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015
a basket of blackberries It's blackberry season! Summer fruits depend on pollinators. But where have all the bees gone?
Scientist offers insights into national, global pollinator declines
Released  July 27, 2015
a shark in the water The truth about sharks
With shark attacks, or bites, in the news, what's the story behind the story?
Released  July 27, 2015
A female anopheles mosquito Breaking the cycle of malaria transmission
Discovery of protein could lead to treatment that creates 'dead end' for malaria parasite
Released  July 23, 2015
student checks on ant colony The ecology of the future and the future of ecology
Researchers working with underrepresented groups to study the ecological impact of climate change and to craft citizen science tools, aim to explore pressing scientific questions while recruiting a new generation of ecology researchers
Released  July 17, 2015
Trees Infectious disease ecology, forest biodiversity, urban ecology featured at upcoming conference
National Science Foundation-funded research findings presented at 2015 Ecological Society of America conference in August
Released  July 15, 2015
pygmy slow loris clinging to a branch Saving the slow loris
Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 2015
A  view of Bear Lake in Utah's Unitas Mountains Where does water go when it doesn't flow?
Study shows how much enters air from plants, soil, surface water
Released  July 9, 2015
Scientist in lake collecting sediment samples in Maine Methane-eating microorganisms help regulate emissions from wetlands
Without this process, methane emissions from freshwater wetlands could be 30 to 50 percent higher
Released  June 30, 2015
team of scientists collecting hives Protecting the honey-bearers
Ancestors of American honey bees shed light on pollinator health
Released  June 19, 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
Wasp Tiny brains, but shared smarts
Unlike humans and other vertebrates, the brains of wasps shrink when they're socialized--but they might 'share' brainpower
Released  June 17, 2015
drawing shwoing dinosaurs, fire and dry land Big dinosaurs steered clear of the tropics
Climate swings lasting millions of years too much for dinos
Released  June 15, 2015
 coral reefs Coral reefs defy ocean acidification odds in Palau
Palau reefs show few of the predicted responses
Released  June 5, 2015
animated gif showing the wavelike gait of the millipede Motyxia sequoiae Night lights: The wonders of bioluminescent millipedes
A Virginia Tech researcher discusses bioluminescent millipedes and other glowing creatures
Released  June 5, 2015
An Atlantic rock crab Warmer, lower-oxygen oceans will shift marine habitats
Changes will result in marine animals moving away from equator
Released  June 4, 2015
cracked, dry soil Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid
Scientists recommend looking at power plants' capacities in view of expected changes
Released  May 18, 2015
An instrument system used to collect samples from different water depths in the ocean. Revealing the ocean's hidden fertilizer
Tiny marine plants play major role in phosphorus cycle
Released  May 14, 2015

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