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Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) 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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Wildfire in a forest In year of U.S. wildfires, Nepal earthquake, NSF awards $27.5 million in hazards research grants
Scientists will study ways to predict and respond to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, drought
Released  September 9, 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
Perovskite solar cell NSF invests in interstate collaboration in science and engineering research
Eight awards will fuel the development of research programs in 12 states
Released  August 6, 2015
Two students in front of a high-temperature high-vacuum molding system NSF invests in science and engineering infrastructure across the nation
Arkansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Guam will receive five-year awards for strategically aligned innovative research
Released  August 3, 2015
Illustration of brain cancer Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth
Cell-based treatment could lead to a new standard of care for brain cancer patients
Released  February 3, 2014
Student with a haorned toad on her shoulder Making room for science at Oklahoma's tribal colleges
Partnership with the state's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research opens doors for tribal college students
Released  November 1, 2013
image of tripolar ring electrode and conventional electrode, side by side Simple Innovation to Electrodes Makes a Big Difference
Researcher expects improvements in epilepsy diagnosis and prevention of life-threatening seizures
Released  December 20, 2012
A tent-like kiln over woody waste material Helping Landowners With Waste Wood While Improving Agribusiness and Energy
NSF Innovation Corps allowed researcher to explore business model for offering biochar products
Released  December 14, 2012
Photo of Ankit Kalani, Satish Kandlikar and Kirthana Kripash holding a LED light cooling device. Learning to Pivot in the Commercial World
Researchers attempt to take their discoveries to customers
Released  November 16, 2012
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
Photo of a man connecting a bicycle to a series of cables. Pedal-Power Supercomputing
Green supercomputing paves the way for sharing scientific research and collaboration
Released  January 14, 2009
Illustration depicting the relative sizes of the sun and Earth. Cheaper Plastic Solar Cells in the Works
South Dakota State University’s Diane Hinkens describes her work in an interdisciplinary research collaboration that is trying to design, synthesize and eventually fabricate a more efficient and less costly solar cell
Released  January 13, 2009
Researchers collect data in Greenland. Researchers Peek Under Ice Sheets for Clues on Climate Change
Synthetic aperture radar technology provides world-class data
Released  December 18, 2008
Photo of a jellyfish swarm. Jellyfish Researcher Explains How and Why Jellyfish Swarms Form
Why are large swarms of jellyfish and other gelatinous animals being reported in many of the world's popular fishing and vacation spots?
Released  December 16, 2008
A picture of the setting sun off the coast of Estonia and the letter "A." Cracking the Code of Images
New software easily detects pictures' hidden messages
Released  July 15, 2008
A conceptual view of a new pathway for methane production in the oceans. Methane Formation in the Oceans: New Pathway Discovered
Significant importance for study of greenhouse gas production on Earth
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of surgeon Jon Wagner holding plastic casts of fractured jaws. Engineers Create Better Fix for Broken Jaws
Computer finite element modeling program used by University of New Mexico engineers in designing smaller and lighter plates for jaw repair surgery
Released  May 13, 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
Nattharika Aumsuwan and Marek Urban, part of team who developed antibiotic coating process. New Coating Could Prevent Infection From Surgical Tools and Implants
Development of penicillin-coated surfaces could save thousands of lives from infection
Released  September 7, 2007
Illustration of computer screen and sensor embedded in a bridge span. Life Can Be a Strain
From enormous mining trucks to human knee implants, sensor technology is teaching us when enough is enough
Released  February 21, 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
Researchers are using vitamin C (background) to craft certain plastics more efficiently. Vitamin C and Water Not Just Healthy for People -- Healthy for Plastics, too
New manufacturing techniques may lead to cheaper, "greener" plastics
Released  October 23, 2006
Madeleine is helping scientists and engineers better understand how flippered animals swim. Swimming Robot Tests Theories About Locomotion in Existing and Extinct Animals
May explain why four-flippered swimmers now use only two
Released  May 30, 2006
Silicon-oxygen nanoparticles aggregate to form zeolites. Crystal Sieves, Born Anew
Hard data resolves decades-old mystery of how certain zeolites form
Released  April 17, 2006
Watch this "Virtual Cell" animation to learn how proteins are transported in a cell. Virtual Tools Add New Dimension to Learning
Internet-based resources educate students about archaeology, biology, computer science and geology
Released  April 12, 2006
Aquatic bacteria attach to a surface, and each other, by their glue-secreting holdfasts. Waterproof Superglue May Be Strongest in Nature
Bacterial adhesive is 2-3 times stronger than common commercial glues
Released  April 11, 2006
The 3D-Seek software rapidly locates objects with only a few quick steps. Doodle Search
New software can hunt through online catalogs using only a sketch
Released  February 23, 2006
Culture of white fungus Fantastic Fungus: Plant Biologist Discovers Natural Antimicrobial in Honduran Jungle
Montana State University professor Gary Strobel travels the world in search of exotic plants and the mysterious fungi that live inside them. Among his discoveries: a smelly white fungus that acts as a natural antimicrobial.
Released  October 5, 2005
The holes that spell "NSF" are only 10 nanometers in diameter. Researchers Carve with Electricity at the Nanometer Scale
Process may yield miniscule molecular detection devices, semiconducting connectors and molecular sieves
Released  August 17, 2005
Young man stands in front of a row of white telescopes. New Mexico Graduate Student Receives Costa Rica's Top Science Honor
At 26, Esteban Araya is the youngest person to ever receive the top science award from his native Costa Rica. A graduate student in astronomy at New Mexico Tech, Araya was honored for his research into the formation of massive stars.
Released  August 5, 2005

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