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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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Marie Curie in her lab Diversity in science
Celebrating Marie Curie's birthday means recognizing her courage, commitment and scientific genius
Released  November 7, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
Diagram showing an experimental polymer and molecular structures of various substances Center Creates Polymers Made From Safe and Renewable Natural Resources
Researchers partner with more than 25 companies to conduct research and development
Released  July 24, 2013
Closeup image of a porous nanostructured particle made from fly ash Recyclable Fly Ash Material Cleans Up Oil Spills
Scientists create zeolites that remove oil from polluted water and return the oil to the processing plant
Released  June 27, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Schematic illustration of the design concept for self-assembling drug amphiphiles Scientist Studies How to Turn Cancer Drugs Into Their Own Delivery Systems
Key is incorporating water properties into effective nanoscale systems
Released  April 5, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
A scanning electron micrograph of fungus Nodulisporium sp. Harnessing Plant-Invading Fungi for Fuel
As gas prices rise around the world, researchers are seeking a potential solution from endophytic fungi
Released  January 8, 2013
Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste. Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts
Mushroom mycelium is an alternative to plastics and foams
Released  December 11, 2012
Illustration showing how liquid crystal molecules become images in the Boogie Board eWriter. How Liquid Crystal Displays Work in an eWriter
The Boogie Board eWriter developed by Kent Displays Inc. as an alternative to paper products
Released  December 3, 2012
Photo of student Keith Berry in the chemistry lab A Student's Road to Research
NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is a pathway to a career in science and engineering
Released  November 13, 2012
Photo of curve-crease sculpture called Green Balance, created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Computer Scientist Turned Artist
CAREER awardee studies geometric folding algorithms
Released  October 25, 2012
Image of colloidal beads, bright dots, assembled on a liquid droplet forming a 3-D curved structure. Self-healing Curved Crystals
Scientists discover novel method of removing defects by bending, twisting, flexing materials
Released  September 30, 2012
Photo of a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 2012
Students use the PhET Wave Interference simulation. PhET Simulations Provide Interactive Learning Tools
The PhET project, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, offers simulations where students can simulate experiments and more
Released  January 25, 2012
George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011
University of Michigan engineering researcher Brent Gillespie uses a prototype of a device. Technology May Soon Turn Thoughts Into Action
NSF funds research to develop potentially life-changing technology for millions of prosthetic-dependent people
Released  July 27, 2011
Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011
Top: Scenes From the Life of Saint John the Baptist, Bottom: Cross section of paint layers. What Lies Beneath? Understanding Art Using Science
Scientists are using antibody-based techniques to identify and study the organic compounds used in paintings
Released  March 30, 2011
Image of a Greek vase. Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery
What do cutting-edge research into future space travel and the investigation of ancient ceramic pots have in common? More than you'd think.
Released  March 28, 2011
Photo of a coastal outcrop exposure of Late Ordovician Ellis Bay Formation. Relationship Found Between Ancient Climate Change and Mass Extinction
Researchers use a ground-breaking technique that reveals a relationship between cooler temperatures and Earth's second largest mass extinction, which occurred about 450 million years ago
Released  February 17, 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 showing marshmallows representing hairy spheres connected with plastic coffee stirrers. Exotic Discovery Made in Soft Polymer
Novel nanostructure pattern never seen in a plastic material
Released  January 3, 2011
Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Illustration of sulfur dioxide molecules forming weak bonds with water molecules. The Water Dance
A myriad of methods for watching water molecules in motion advances critical understanding of biology, chemistry and climate science
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of Georgia Tech chemist Nicholas Hud in his laboratory. How Did Life Begin?
Georgia Tech professor Nicholas Hud and his students discover new evidence advancing the theory that certain small molecules may have acted as "molecular midwives" to help the first RNA and DNA molecules to form
Released  July 30, 2010
Illustration showing H. pylori liquefying stomach mucin to cross over to the epithelium cells. How Bacteria Get Past Our Defenses
Research team uncovers how the bacterium that causes ulcers travels through the sticky gels of stomach mucus
Released  November 4, 2009
Photo of Anna Kornfeld Simpson with her robot High School Student Develops Chemical-detecting Robot
California senior describes how she developed a mobile, autonomous robot, spending time in the lab of an NSF-supported researcher, and she shares what it was like to win at the state science fair competition
Released  October 6, 2009

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