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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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Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 2014
Spray glider in the water World Oceans Day: 12 things to know about El Niņo: Is it coming, and when?
How will it affect coastal species--and the fish on our dinner tables?
Released  June 5, 2014
Image of glial cells in a mouse brain The beautiful brain cells you don't know about
Hint: They're not neurons
Released  June 3, 2014
Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding from a cultured cell. Catching HIV budding from cells: it all comes down to ALIX
Study shows last-minute role of specific protein named ALIX
Released  May 16, 2014
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Do you know where the ticks are? Lyme Disease: Ten things you always wanted to know about ticks...
...but maybe were afraid to ask...
Released  May 16, 2014
Math is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag. Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Math and a good night's sleep
Released  April 30, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014
students at computers using Social Explorer Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge
Released  March 27, 2014
 the Large Hadron Collider. Catching the Fever
Particle Fever discovers the human element to physics
Released  March 14, 2014
Photo of a white rooftop Is white--or green--the new black in cities?
How effective are white roofs, green roofs, and other urban heat-reducing technologies?
Released  March 11, 2014
Spring wildflowers with Nutrient Network fences in the mountains of southeastern Australia. Herbivores + light = more plant biodiversity in fertilized grasslands
Research on six continents shows that it all comes down to the light
Released  March 10, 2014
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
Colin Camerer Behavioral economist studies science of decision-making
Using brain scans, MacArthur Fellow examines people's expressed values and the choices they later make
Released  January 6, 2014
At City College of San Francisco, student Daniela Cardenas prepares DNA for analysis Preparing high-tech workers, meeting needs of employers
NSF celebrates 20 years of advancing technological education
Released  December 4, 2013
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
Photo of students exploring a pond ecosystem with mobile phones. Nature field trips go digital
Harvard researchers tame the next learning frontier with mobile phones, environmental probes and virtual reality
Released  August 29, 2013
Laurie Garrow Using Big Data to Design Policies to Improve Airline Customers' Experiences
Researcher explores ways to better understand how customers respond to airline practices
Released  July 15, 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
Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal New NEON Resources Available
Videos, brochure and webcast on the NEON available online
Released  June 11, 2013
Painting of the herb American ginseng On World Environment Day and Every Day, the Stress of Being Ginseng
Common medicinal plant of deciduous forests under siege
Released  June 5, 2013
photograph of Ali Abbas Helping People Through the Decision-Making Process Using a Web-Based Application
Researcher was part of inaugural group of NSF Innovation Corps awards in 2011
Released  May 7, 2013
G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy in his lab, surrounded by computers Engineers Use Brain Cells to Power Smart Grid
Studying how neural networks integrate and respond to complex information could inspire methods for managing power supply and use
Released  April 17, 2013
Photo of Raphael Perea delivering a presentation. Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
NSF-funded program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teaches Native Americans about geospatial data
Released  March 20, 2013
collage image showing penguins, swans, sea horses Animal Attraction: The Many Forms of Monogamy in the Animal Kingdom
A Valentine's Day special on the science of monogamy
Released  February 13, 2013
Research area in Gordon Gulch, Colo. High-peak Creeks, Forest Fires and Landscape Erosion: Could They Be Linked?
Colorado's Boulder Creek watershed: Where rushing streams, raging blazes and the Rockies meet
Released  January 14, 2013
Woman cooking over an open fire Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa
Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana
Released  January 3, 2013
Graphic image showing a new ear bud and a human ear. Perfecting Sound Quality In-ear
An audio pioneer who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd continues to provide innovative devices to perfect sound quality and alleviate in-ear pressure and listener fatigue
Released  December 18, 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

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