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inaugural national science board members wearing party hats It's our birthday!
A celebration of NSF-funded research
Released  Tue May 10 00:00:00 EDT 2016
animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  Thu Apr 21 00:00:00 EDT 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  Mon Apr 18 00:00:00 EDT 2016
Students in a lab Nanoscale solutions to a very large problem
NSF-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center to enable deployment of mobile, efficient water treatment and desalination systems
Released  Thu Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 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  Tue Mar 15 00:00:00 EDT 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  Thu Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2016
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  Wed Sep 30 00:00:00 EDT 2015
Anna Balazs After the Lecture: Anna Balazs
Materials scientist Anna Balazs on her journey from Hungary, inspiration from her parents and the future of biosensing
Released  Thu Jul 02 00:00:00 EDT 2015
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  Wed Jun 24 00:00:00 EDT 2015
a clock, laser beems and frequency combs Combing frequencies
NSF-funded center provides spectrum of new research, technology
Released  Tue Jun 23 00:00:00 EDT 2015
mouse brain imaged using photoacoustic microscopy. Seeing more deeply with laser light
Photoacoustic approach shows potential to expand bioimaging's scope
Released  Fri Jun 19 00:00:00 EDT 2015
graphic representation shows how three active sources cloak an incoming circular wave Hidden from view
Mathematicians formulate equations, bend light and figure out how to hide things
Released  Fri Jun 19 00:00:00 EDT 2015
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  Thu Jun 18 00:00:00 EDT 2015
Visualizations of future nano-transistors From massive supercomputers come tiniest transistors
Purdue researchers use Blue Waters supercomputer to design the building blocks of future nano-computing technologies
Released  Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 EST 2015
A humanoid robot from MIT lab A day in the life of Robotina
What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
Released  Thu Nov 20 00:00:00 EST 2014
Mark Hersam Materials for the next generation of electronics and photovoltaics
MacArthur Fellow develops new uses for carbon nanotubes
Released  Mon Oct 20 00:00:00 EDT 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  Thu Jul 24 00:00:00 EDT 2014
image of protein strcuture and text photo gallery Computing a cure for HIV
Nine ways NSF-supported supercomputers help scientists understand and treat the disease
Released  Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 EDT 2014
Dynamic simulation of the structural evolution of hard spheres representing a colloidal gel Helping ideas gel
NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in materials science
Released  Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 EDT 2014
two stages in the temporal evolution of synthetic DNA nanostructures  imaged through Stampede Blueprint for the affordable genome
Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies
Released  Mon Jun 23 00:00:00 EDT 2014
An illustration of multilayer graphene supported on an amorphous SiO2 substrate. Making graphene work for real-world devices
Fundamental research in phonon scattering helps researchers design graphene materials for applications
Released  Thu Apr 24 00:00:00 EDT 2014
A microscopic image of nanoparticles using a nanogrid. Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds
Innovation Corps project explores how to bring technology to the field
Released  Fri Nov 08 00:00:00 EST 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  Wed Jun 12 00:00:00 EDT 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  Fri Apr 05 00:00:00 EDT 2013
Rolls of printed graphene electronics. Graphene Technology Gaining a Foothold in the Marketplace
NSF grantee Vorbeck Materials, one of the first companies to produce graphene-based products, is expanding its operations
Released  Wed Feb 13 00:00:00 EST 2013
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  Wed Jul 27 00:00:00 EDT 2011
Photo of bioengineer Rafael Davalos in his laboratory at Virginia Tech. New Cancer Treatments More Potent With Fewer Side Effects
Scientists are investigating new combined therapies to deliver cancer treatments that target only the tumor without damaging normal tissue
Released  Fri Nov 19 00:00:00 EST 2010
Graphic simulation of electron cloud in layer of copper oxide in a cuprate superconductor. Asymmetric Electron Behavior Discovered in High-temperature Superconductors
Finding could eventually lead to cheaper electrical power
Released  Tue Aug 31 00:00:00 EDT 2010
Artistic visualization of the atomic and magnetic moment structure of chromia. Researchers Control Collective Spin States Electrically at Room Temperature
Breakthrough paves way to store and process information in novel spin-electronics
Released  Mon Aug 16 00:00:00 EDT 2010
Video showing gecko feet. Following in the Footsteps of Nature
Researchers move one step closer to nature with the development of polymers and directional adhesion that follow the workings of a gecko's foot
Released  Tue Feb 09 00:00:00 EST 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  Wed Nov 04 00:00:00 EST 2009
Photo of Sudipta Seal holding a bottle containing billions of ultra-small, engineered nanoceria. Nanoparticles Explored for Preventing Cell Damage
Engineers investigate using nanoparticles both as a preventative and a treatment for disease
Released  Tue Jul 14 00:00:00 EDT 2009
Photo of Ryan Miyakawa warming up the orchestra before recording The Nano Song. Nanotechnology Video Wins Competition, Scores Big Hit on YouTube
While nanotechnology is a field that is generally not well understood by the public, Ryan Miyakawa and fellow graduate students at the University of California Berkeley found a way to both enlighten and entertain non-scientists with this topic
Released  Mon May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2009
Photo showing bright red-orange photoluminescence from porous silicon nanoparticles. Safer Nano Cancer Detector
Nanoparticle test in mice could pave the way for human uses
Released  Thu Apr 30 00:00:00 EDT 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  Fri Mar 13 00:00:00 EDT 2009
Image showing the red and blue letters retrieved from a data cube. New Record for World's Smallest Letters
Stanford University breaks record set in 1991, promises denser information storage
Released  Tue Mar 10 00:00:00 EDT 2009
Illustration showing one sphere being repelled from a plate and the other sphere being attracted. Nanoscale Repulsion
Tiny quantum force, measured for the first time, could be an aid to nanodevice designers
Released  Thu Feb 19 00:00:00 EST 2009
Image showing ball and stick model of two crossing carbon nanotubes on a graphite surface. Measuring Excitement for Carbon Nanotubes
Studying light pulses in nanoscale molecules brings scientists closer to understanding properties that may lead to a multitude of applications
Released  Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 EST 2009
Illustration of heads with brains. Synthetic Brains
Researchers study the feasibility of brains made from carbon nanotubes
Released  Tue Jan 27 00:00:00 EST 2009
Photo of Ayusman Sen's laboratory team in 2008. Nanoparticles Taught to Swim
NSF-supported research team at Penn State creates nanoscale motors powered by catalytic reactions that convert chemical energy into motion
Released  Thu Nov 20 00:00:00 EST 2008
Photo of a gecko, which has a unique ability to scamper across shear surfaces and vertical walls. How to Make Adhesive as Good as a Gecko
Materials scientist Ali Dhinojwala and his team use nanotechnology to develop adhesive tapes that stick better than a gecko’s foot
Released  Thu Oct 16 00:00:00 EDT 2008
Illustration of a bioparticle (left) ready to bind antigens (yellow) from tumor cells. Natural Bio-Army Trained to Fight Cancer
Bioengineer Tarek Fahmy and colleagues are engineering new nanoscopic and microscopic biomaterials to stimulate the body’s production of killer T-cells to fight infectious diseases
Released  Fri Aug 08 00:00:00 EDT 2008
John Chmiola holds an electrochemical capacitor's electrode. Supercapacitors Could Be Key to a Green Energy Future
John Chmiola, a doctoral student at Drexel University, is doing groundbreaking work on supercapacitors
Released  Wed Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2008
Illustration of photocathode gun. Brightest X-ray Vision at the Nano-scale
Superconducting 'universal toolkit' for scientists, engineers will conserve energy, too
Released  Fri Jun 06 00:00:00 EDT 2008
Photo of Professor Israel Wachs with the combined Raman-Infrared spectrometer/microscope. Scientist Explores Invisible Environmental Helpers
Researcher uses his expertise in catalysis to impact major environmental issues
Released  Fri Apr 25 00:00:00 EDT 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  Wed Jan 30 00:00:00 EST 2008
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  Tue Jan 09 00:00:00 EST 2007
Electrons hitting an iron-carbide filled carbon nanotube cause it to contract and extrude material. Nanotubes Not for Toothpaste . . . Yet
Researchers Squeeze Even Rock-Hard Materials Through Minuscule Carbon Tubes
Released  Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2006
With strong magnetic fields and cold temperatures, magnetic order in barium-copper silicate emerges. Purple Haze
Ancient pigment reveals secrets about unusual state of matter
Released  Tue Jul 11 00:00:00 EDT 2006
Vesicle membranes that collapse when cooled may someday deliver minute payloads of medicines. Micro Pills Could Deliver Drugs on Demand
Temperature-sensitive capsules release chemicals at tightly controlled rates
Released  Mon Mar 27 00:00:00 EST 2006
The new nanofountain probe produced these patterns; features are as thin as 40 nanometers The World’s Smallest Fountain Pen?
New microscope tips use capillary action to print patterns tens of nanometers across
Released  Wed Oct 05 00:00:00 EDT 2005
Illustration shows how a tiny needle full of carbon nanotubes could work as glucose sensor. The Tiniest Test Kits: A Medical Future for Carbon Nanotubes?
Imagine if diabetics could read blood-glucose levels by reading a watch. Or if researchers could monitor hormone levels, in real-time, in their subjects. What sounds like science fiction today could be reality soon, thanks to carbon nanotubes.
Released  Fri May 20 00:00:00 EDT 2005
Vault cross section Vaults: From Biological Mystery to Nanotech Workhorse?
Natural nano-capsules show promise for drug delivery, electrical switches and circuits
Released  Wed May 11 00:00:00 EDT 2005
FAST-ACT crystals Nano-engineered Powders Tackle Toxic Chemicals
Thirsty grains act fast to clean up messes
Released  Thu Apr 28 00:00:00 EDT 2005
spherical dendrimers Molecular Self-Assembly Technique May Mimic How Cells Assemble Themselves
Researchers have created tree-like molecules that assemble themselves into precisely structured building blocks of a quarter-million atoms. Such structures may help build nanostructures for molecular electronics or photonics materials.
Released  Fri Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2004
electron microscope image of a colloidosome Researchers Solve 100-Year-Old Puzzle of How Layer of Particles Coats the Surface of a Sphere
Researchers have discovered how nature arranges charged particles in a thin layer around a sphere. Understanding this theoretical problem may help reveal chinks in the armor of viruses and bacteria and guide engineers designing new molecules.
Released  Fri Jul 30 00:00:00 EDT 2004
Raman scattering images of carbon nanotubes Shining Light on the Nanoscale
In 2003 researchers created the highest-resolution optical image up to that point, revealing structures as small as nanotubes just a few billionths of an inch across. The new method should shed light on objects as small as proteins in a cell membrane.
Released  Mon May 17 00:00:00 EDT 2004

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