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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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Mark Hersam Materials for the next generation of electronics and photovoltaics
MacArthur Fellow develops new uses for carbon nanotubes
Released  October 20, 2014
health workers in biohazard gear Halting the spread of Ebola: Nigeria a model for quick action, scientists find
Rapid control measures critical to stopping the virus in its tracks
Released  October 16, 2014
animated gif showing visualization of pushbacks at logan airport Designing tomorrow's air traffic control systems
MIT researcher explores algorithmic solutions to make flying more efficient
Released  October 14, 2014
sunflowers in a  farm field next to houses Ten things to know about the flowers of fall: Sunflowers
Scientists unfurl common flowers' genetic secrets
Released  October 14, 2014
Marcus Raichle What happens to your brain when your mind is at rest?
Kavli Prize winner recognized as pioneer in research in the development and use of brain imaging techniques
Released  October 10, 2014
dunes and desert vegetation Sleeping sands of the Kalahari awaken after more than 10,000 years
Overgrazing leaves desert's red dunes blowing in the African wind
Released  October 8, 2014
Crops growing in an Egyptian oasis, with the Pyramids of Giza in the background. Geospatial data project puts major issues on the map
Powerful Web-based system let users worldwide predict damaging floods and potential effects of climate change
Released  October 8, 2014
Jaquelin Erazo Making stars
Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity
Released  October 7, 2014
illustration of the brown dog search engine workflow Brown Dog: A search engine for the other 99 percent (of data)
Illinois-led team develops tools to search the unstructured Web
Released  October 6, 2014
Jeannie Albrecht Advances in computer mobility, connectivity and networks
Researcher develops programs and platforms that will ensure systems work despite power losses and other issues
Released  October 2, 2014
photo of tropical forest Expensive cup o'joe? Blame coffee farm rust fungus
To find answers, scientists study ecological complexity of Mexican, Central American coffee plantations
Released  September 29, 2014
Blue mussel larvae settled on a rope. How to grow mussels
Researchers optimize growing conditions and practices to improve mussel farming
Released  September 25, 2014
Researchers study plants in a greenhouse. Building the framework for the future of biofuels
Do plant-based fuels offer a realistic reprieve from a fossil-powered future? An ASU engineer examines the full cycle
Released  September 24, 2014
James Hewlett holds a black bear cub Community college project gets students on the STEM path
Undergraduates get involved in research activities as part of teaching mission
Released  September 24, 2014
Photo of dried kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo Plant-based building materials may boost energy savings
Insulation for homes of the future may be harvested from fields of kenaf, an alternative to fiberglass
Released  September 23, 2014
People stand in a food bank storage area. Engineering a better food bank
Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
Released  September 22, 2014
scientist holding a bat Science by, of and for the people
Inspiring scientists and citizens to help conserve Puerto Rico
Released  September 19, 2014
educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014
Noah Smith Growing field of natural language processing works at the interface of computers and language
Researcher's algorithm design produces valuable tools for translation, text mining, question answering and more
Released  September 18, 2014
 Sunghee Lee and three students in her lab The right chemistry
NSF-funded researcher mixes mentoring and materials science
Released  September 17, 2014
bacteria infected by a virus Harnessing the power of viruses to improve wastewater treatment
Researcher developing a system to isolate and replicate a natural phenomenon that removes pollutants and other contaminants
Released  September 11, 2014
Stream restoration involving reconnection of an urban waterway near Baltimore with its floodplain. A river runs through it: U.S. cities' waterways show consistent patterns of evolution
Urban waters record salt in our food, cement in our sidewalks
Released  September 10, 2014
artist's rendition showing the dinosaur's likely paleoenvironment. Paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania
Rare find of sauropod dinosaur skeleton from Africa
Released  September 8, 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
male scientist at work Labor Day Q&A: Opportunities in STEM
Preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offers broad range of career pathways
Released  August 29, 2014
Patricia Wright shouldering a lemur Renowned scientist/conservationist Patricia Wright campaigns to save severely endangered lemurs
Patricia Wright describes her passion for lemurs in a video interview
Released  August 27, 2014
stack of liquid metal droplets Changing the shape and function of liquid metal
Researchers study gallium to design adjustable electronic components, including new types of antennas
Released  August 26, 2014
Mark Clementz samples teeth from the lower jaw of a manatee Understanding how ancestors of today's mammals responded to climate change
Research provides valuable insights for future environmental challenges
Released  August 18, 2014
Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014

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