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Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) 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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Moroccan students The power of translation
Software helps deaf and hearing communities interact, in the U.S. and abroad
Released  July 22, 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
four 6th-graders in science class Engaging science for everyone
Reflections from science education pioneer Herb Thier on the value of inquiry-based learning
Released  March 24, 2015
a monkey on a branch Protecting biodiversity
In one of the world's richest biological hotspots, an international group of scientists works to preserve biodiversity amid climate change
Released  December 9, 2014
Ohio State's Adaptive Suspension Vehicle (ASV) and engineers A foundation for robotics
NSF celebrates more than 40 years supporting U.S. robotics research
Released  November 21, 2014
Tree swallows Swallows of the western skies
International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions
Released  September 5, 2014
panda eating bamboo Belly up to the bamboo buffet: Pandas vs. horses
Livestock, particularly horses, have been identified as a significant threat to panda survival
Released  March 25, 2014
eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala Studying Mini Earthquakes Provides Clues to Volcanic Behavior
Researchers explore causes and pathways of volcanic eruptions to better predict major eruptions
Released  July 3, 2013
Image of panda sitting in the grass Born To Be Wild: Releasing Captive-bred Pandas
In China, endangered giant pandas are being bred via artificial insemination, and then reintroduced to the wild
Released  February 26, 2013
Photo, left-to-right, of Vijay Srivastava, Kanwal Bhatti, Yintao Song and Richard James. New Materials Turn Heat Into Electricity
A new material with a low-temperature nonmagnetic phase and a strongly magnetic high-temperature phase could potentially be used to help generate power
Released  November 4, 2011
Photo of Virginia Schutte collecting data in the field. Invasive Neighbors Disturb Taiwan's Coasts
University of Georgia student Virginia Schutte describes how a summer in Taiwan gave her the opportunity to get to the bottom of an invasive species problem in mangrove forests there
Released  July 28, 2011
Photo of the snake robot that moves without the aid of a fixed base. The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics
Researchers are designing snake robots that can navigate a variety of terrains, surmount obstacles in their way and function in range of conditions
Released  May 16, 2011
Image of researcher Robert Walker on left and project manager Eugenio Arima on right. Journey to the Center of the Amazon
Researchers journey along the Transamazon Highway to learn about deforestation and the logging industry
Released  May 4, 2011
Photo of Sook-Lei Liew and R.J. Andrews in the MR scanner room at Peking University First Hospital. Neuroimaging Chinese Social Cognition
Sook-Lei Liew writes about the opportunity to conduct research examining the role of experience on neural networks during a summer in China, as part of NSF’s EAPSI program
Released  February 15, 2011
Jessica Meir with a bar-headed geese Into Thin Air
How Do Bar-Headed Geese Manage to Migrate Over the Himalaya?
Released  February 15, 2011
Photo of Michelle Meighan feeding a kangaroo during her summer in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Devil in the Wastewater
Arizona State University grad student Michelle Meighan on her experiences in Tasmania as a participant in NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program
Released  February 3, 2011
Photo of Markita Landry standing with a Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscope. A Trip Abroad to Learn How DNA and Protein Pair Up
Graduate student Markita Landry describes her research, learning experiences and cultural adjustment in Japan as part of NSF's EAPSI program
Released  December 15, 2010
Photo 7 people--Jakub Szefer and Cheng Chen-Mou, and Cheng's research group. A Trip Abroad to Design More Efficient Computer Chips
Graduate student Jakub Szefer describes his experience abroad working with a National Taiwan University professor and designing and implementing a microprocessor simulator, thanks to NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program
Released  December 10, 2010
Photo of David Ortega and Laping Wu with a pork seller in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China. Economists Study How to Improve China's Food Safety
Graduate student David Ortega describes his research project working with professors and students in China to assess Chinese consumer preferences and willingness to pay for certain pork safety attributes
Released  May 3, 2010
Photo of cultural anthropologist Margie Serrato learning how to properly drink tea in South Korea. Anthropology Abroad: Studying Women's Roles in the Military
Graduate student Margie Serrato on her experiences leaving the familiar to explore the unfamiliar: summer research in South Korea
Released  November 12, 2009
Photo of juvenile northern elephant seals on the beach at Ano Nuevo. How Penguins & Seals Survive Deep Dives
Jessica Meir goes to extreme environments to learn how birds and mammals thrive in conditions that humans cannot tolerate, and she tells readers all about it
Released  July 31, 2009
Photo of Jill Bruning entering data with small group standing behind her in a  farmer's field The Search for Drinking Water in Nicaragua
NSF-supported graduate student describes her fieldwork searching for geologic fractures that could improve groundwater exploration and the siting of wells in the rugged terrain
Released  May 29, 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
Photograph of the compact muon solenoid detector at CERN. Physicists Gear Up for Huge Data Flow
University of Nebraska researchers build a computer center to handle the flood of data expected from the world's next-generation particle accelerator
Released  August 7, 2008
Photo of rural China showing agricultural development and fragmented forests. Environmental Programs in China Successful, Study Finds
Key reforms could turn them into world models
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of a pile of coal in Gansu province, China. My Research: I Burn Stuff
U.S. graduate student Abigail Watrous on her research studying energy technologies and seeking practical and affordable alternatives to help developing communities reduce pollution
Released  June 5, 2008
Photo of galaxy NGC 2770 showing location of star and lines from John Keats' poem. International Gemini Observatory Captures Birth of a Supernova
Stellar discovery marks a new epoc in astronomical research
Released  May 28, 2008
Photo of species-rich assemblage of fishes in the lower Congo River. The Freaky Fishes of the Congo
American Museum of Natural History ichthyologist Melanie Stiassny takes us on a journey down the Congo River to explore its rich fish diversity
Released  May 20, 2008
Mike Wininger at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu Xian, Taiwan At the Crossroads of Stem Cells and Computer Science
A Rutgers University graduate student takes readers on a journey from Piscataway, New Jersey, to Hsinchu, Taiwan, and shares some experiences with East-West collaboration, stem cell sorting and computer science
Released  March 20, 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

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