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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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Photo of Jim Kurose and family at graduation Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the power of global citizenship
Three NSF leaders reflect on their heritage
Released  May 23, 2016
inaugural national science board members wearing party hats It's our birthday!
A celebration of NSF-funded research
Released  May 10, 2016
Saul Kassin Video: What can we do about false confessions?
Saul Kassin's research looks at why innocent people confess
Released  May 5, 2016
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
shepards using a mobile device Computers play a crucial role in preserving the Earth
From bears to birds to herders: NSF-funded researchers develop computing methods to cultivate a sustainable environment, economy and society
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
MTBI students at poster session Math for the real world
Student-driven research program applies math to thorny social and biological problems
Released  April 13, 2016
Jacob Abernethy Machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd
NSF CAREER awardee combines machine learning, economics to develop socially beneficial forecasts
Released  April 8, 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
micro-biosensor on the side of a coin Fundamental science will play a key role in finding cancer cure
NSF-supported research to help U.S. achieve cancer 'moonshot'
Released  March 15, 2016
Generic Discovery Image Pioneering women in STEM -- how many do you know?
This Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration
Released  March 11, 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
images of animals and birds Conversing with computers
USC researchers develop algorithms that let machines understand speech with human-like speed, accuracy
Released  March 2, 2016
Harriet Tubman Rescued history
Massive data analysis helps uncover black women's experiences
Released  February 25, 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
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
medical staff working on a machine Making mobile health effective and secure
Interdisciplinary project working to design security measures for wearables, hospitals and homes
Released  December 17, 2015
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
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
illustration showing computers and other electornic devices, a satellite The future of encryption
NSF-supported researchers are working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies
Released  October 22, 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
Josh Pauli working with a student in the lab. Creating a white hat nation
Josh Pauli, Director of the CyberCorps program at Dakota State University, explains what it takes to train an army of ethical cybersecurity experts
Released  October 9, 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

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