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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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A sky with red sprites Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? It's a...red sprite
Strange lights in the sky studied by atmospheric scientists
Released  August 26, 2013
Robotic structure under water Underwater robotics competition helps students build skills for ocean occupations
Annual competition, sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technological Education Center, gives competitors a taste of the real-life capabilities needed to maintain an ocean observing system
Released  August 23, 2013
Photo of tree trunks in a coastal redwood forest California's iconic redwoods in danger from fire and infectious disease
Pathogen that causes sudden oak death leaves redwoods vulnerable to fire
Released  August 21, 2013
Photo of the Philadelphia skyline at night Detecting social patterns from shifting dialects
A powerful computer program allows scientists to map shifts in regional accents. Such research can aid development of speech recognition technology
Released  August 20, 2013
Mool Gupta Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military
Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice buildup
Released  August 19, 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
supreme court building in washington dc Baseball, search engines and the Supreme Court
The Oyez Project multimedia archive includes a searchable trove of oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court since 1955
Released  August 13, 2013
Photo of wildfire next to a house and forest in Arizona As large Western wildfires increase, scientists look for answers
What are the causes and impacts of the upsurge in U.S. Western wildfires?
Released  August 8, 2013
Matthew Hahn Genomic and computational tools provide window to distant past
Researcher studies gene differences in humans and other species to better understand timeline of genetic changes
Released  August 8, 2013
Math coach working with students In Nebraska, university and school districts build formula for better math education
Support from local foundations spurs growth at an innovative NSF-funded partnership working to close the math achievement gap
Released  August 2, 2013
Shari Stockero Studying and Improving Teacher Education Experiences
Researcher hopes to incorporate her findings into teacher education coursework, initially in mathematics instruction
Released  July 31, 2013
collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue
Scientists discover genes involved in immunity of sea fans to coral diseases
Released  July 24, 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
Photo of researcher and a colleague in a sound booth using a computer to record sound Computer Algorithms Reveal How the Brain Processes and Perceives Sound in Noisy Environments
Scientist hopes basic research will lead to better products that enhance communication applications in cell phones and hearing aids, for example, and in a variety of settings
Released  July 18, 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
Song holding grasshopper nymphs Controlling Destructive Locusts by Manipulating Their Genetics
Researcher seeks novel method that won’t harm other species or their environment
Released  July 11, 2013
eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala Studying Mini Earthquakes Provides Clues to Volcanic Behavior
Researchers explore causes and pathways of volcanic eruptions to better predict major eruptions
Released  July 3, 2013
Mountain with dried trees in a forest overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado Ghosts of Forests Past: Bark Beetles Kill Lodgepole Pines, Affecting Entire Watersheds
Bark beetle epidemic changing water quality as well as forest health
Released  June 27, 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
Christopher J. Marx, Harvard University Redefining Adaptation, the Study of How Populations Grow and Survive
Researcher also engages educators and students in an open forum
Released  June 27, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
Photo of sun radiating over highway filled with cars in traffic in Phoenix Summertime: Hot Time in the City
Parks are islands of coolness in cities' urban heat
Released  June 21, 2013
President Obama tours a classroom at Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas Designs on the Future of High-school Engineering: UTeachEngineering
What started as a teacher training program morphed into a year-long, high school engineering course and multiple professional development opportunities
Released  June 21, 2013
Photo of Joel E. Cohen in class Mathematical Biologist Pushes Frontiers of Knowledge
Corporations, international organizations and other institutions rely on this curiosity-driven researcher to answer societal questions
Released  June 21, 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
image of rug fibers as seen through a microscope Researcher Studies Indoor Air Particles and Their Movement
Team is working on developing tools to predict exposure of bacteria or chemical and biological agents
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
graphic illustration showing a tornado simulation Long-Term Federal Investments Improve Severe Weather Prediction
NSF supports world-class computational and observational facilities and research
Released  May 28, 2013
Nathan Scherrer, a Navy veteran and senior mechanical engineering student at USD Recruiting Veterans Helps Program Engineer Its Future
NSF grant increases veteran student population, enhances overall strength of University of San Diego’s engineering program
Released  May 27, 2013

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