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Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) 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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Photo showing two researchers interviewing locals in the mountains Language and earthquakes: Insights in disaster response
In post-quake Nepal, language provides window into 'invisible damage'
Released  April 28, 2016
woman holding a baby touching a screen Math without numbers
Researchers show humans and other animals can understand quantities, even without language
Released  April 27, 2016
animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016
microchip and integrated circuits Federal research funding up 6 percent in FY2014
Obligations for both basic and applied research rise
Released  April 20, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Sarah Laszlo prepares a subject to measure brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Neuroscience research into dyslexia leads to 'brainprints'
Project aimed at predicting reading problems yields unexpected benefits in biometrics
Released  April 14, 2016
woman holding a piece of hardware Report: U.S. institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded in 2014
Trends include more S&E degrees, more doctorates for women
Released  April 1, 2016
woman looking through a microscope Number of science and engineering graduate students up in 2014
Increase largely due to foreign student influx
Released  March 30, 2016
closeup of a child's face Video: Tiny cars help infants' cognitive development
Research helps young children 'hack' their own mobility solutions
Released  March 30, 2016
researchers test water in a kitchen while the resident is watching Flint water crisis: For young engineers, a lesson on the importance of listening
Students in engineering ethics class helped uncover lead levels in Flint water, learned to listen to community in distress
Released  March 23, 2016
France Cordova and Gabriela Gonzalez at LIGO Celebrating women in science and engineering
NSF Director shares her thoughts on Women's History Month
Released  March 3, 2016
Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016
graphic showing a city skyline Multinational companies perform majority of U.S. business R&D
Interagency data linking project reveals new insights
Released  February 5, 2016
woman looking out of the window The profound power of loneliness
Depression, dementia and even some useful effects: Research examines how loneliness affects the social human brain
Released  February 3, 2016
two people working in a lab Immigrants play increasing role in U.S. science and engineering workforce
Immigration a significant factor in decade-long growth in total science and engineering workforce
Released  January 13, 2016
person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015
researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015
ruins showing structures at Ceren archeological site Buried in ash, ancient Salvadoran village shows images of daily life
Village of Ceren so well preserved that footprints and finger marks remain
Released  November 3, 2015
smart meter installation New electricity meters are smart -- but are they trusted?
Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015
person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 2015
chart and numbers Accurate data that drives educated policy decisions
NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics focuses on the U.S. research and development enterprise
Released  October 20, 2015
smartphone being held The source of statistics: New frontiers in survey methodology
NSF-sponsored research looks into how a changing technological landscape affects survey collection
Released  October 20, 2015
An infographic shows examples of how NSF-supported cybersecurity research protects people Infographic: How NSF-supported research keeps you safe online
NSF investments in interdisciplinary research helped develop many of the web's basic protections
Released  October 19, 2015
part of building with the word Bank on it Cybersecurity research looks to guard networks from 'insider threats'
Experts mine computer system data to find potential vulnerabilities
Released  October 15, 2015
hand holding a magnifying glass over the world map with the word protect When hackers talk, this research team listens
Online conversations help fill critical gap in cybersecurity knowledge about attackers' motivations, possible targets
Released  October 8, 2015
Mota cave dig site From a very old skeleton, new insights on ancient migrations
Discovery in Ethiopia yields first ancient human genome sequence from Africa
Released  October 8, 2015
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
fingers picking a test tube U.S. R&D increased in 2013, outpacing GDP
Business R&D performance continues to drive increases
Released  September 21, 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
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

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