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Nifty 50

The "Nifty50" are NSF-funded inventions, innovations and discoveries that have become commonplace in our lives.

Lagoon Nebula     1. ACCELERATING, EXPANDING UNIVERSE
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Hands doing sign language     2. AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY DEVELOPMENT
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Researchers and ozone balloon     3. ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE RESEARCH
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Fish     4. ANTIFREEZE PROTEINS—SECRETS FOR MANKIND
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Arabidopsis plant     5. ARABIDOPSIS --A PLANT GENOME PROJECT
Updated April 1, 2000
 
bar code being scanned     6. BAR CODES
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Black hole representation     7. BLACK HOLES CONFIRMED
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Bucky ball graphic     8. BUCKY BALLS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
CAD drawing of Boeing 777     9. CAD/CAM
Updated April 1, 2000
 
computer-generated image of a minimal surface     10. COMPUTER VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
Updated April 1, 2000
 
boy with cerebal palsy using pen to operate computer     11. THE DARCI CARD
Updated April 1, 2000
 
CD with binary code projection     12. DATA COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY
Updated April 1, 2000
 
illustration of planet in space     13. DISCOVERY OF PLANETS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Doppler radar view of Hurricane Andrew     14. DOPPLER RADAR
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Seismograph reading registering an earthquake     15. EARTHQUAKE MITIGATION
Updated April 1, 2000
 
several potatoes     16. EDIBLE VACCINATIONS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
trees damaged by acid rain     17. EFFECTS OF ACID RAIN
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Drought-damaged earth     18. EL NIÑO AND LA NIÑA PREDICTIONS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Eye seen through a digital camera     19. THE "EYE CHIP" OR RETINA CHIP
Updated April 1, 2000
 
fiber optics cables     20. FIBER OPTICS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
firefighters on the job     21. FIRE RESEARCH MANAGEMENT
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Globe and clock     22. FIREFLIES, FRUITFLIES AID NEW RESEARCH ADVANCES IN THE BODY'S 24-HR CLOCK
Updated April 1, 2000
 
illustration of Big Bang theory     23. GAMMA RAY BURSTS
Updated April 1, 2000
 
Geminii North telescope     24. GEMINI TELESCOPES
Updated April 1, 2000
 
cornstalks     25. GENOMICS BIO-PHARMING WITH PLANTS
Updated April 1, 2000
 

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