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Biological Sciences (BIO) Discoveries

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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Patricia Wright shouldering a lemur Renowned scientist/conservationist Patricia Wright campaigns to save severely endangered lemurs
Patricia Wright describes her passion for lemurs in a video interview
Released  August 27, 2014
Loihi Seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes. Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
Elaborate Hawaiian seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes
Released  August 7, 2014
Ahi tuna heads on display at the market Mercury in the world's oceans: On the rise
New results show three times as much in upper oceans since Industrial Revolution times
Released  August 6, 2014
Image of Bacillus subtillis. Researchers investigate remarkable approach to desalination
Rice scientists reprogram protein pairs; attempt to modify bacterial decisions
Released  August 3, 2014
fire ants on a plant Border crossing: 10 things to know about invasive fire ants on the march
Are fire ants using habitat corridors to advance the front?
Released  August 1, 2014
French green clays in pots, bottles and soap on a counter New answer to MRSA, other 'superbug' infections: clay minerals?
Researchers discover natural clay deposits with antibacterial properties
Released  July 17, 2014
The NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft outside a hangar Atmospheric scientists take to the skies to study Colorado Front Range ozone pollution
Results are applicable to metropolitan areas across the country, around the world
Released  July 15, 2014
bumblebee colony in a nest Bees from the inside out
Researchers work to save bees by studying the diversity of microbes that live in their guts and the impacts on these microbes of exposure to antibiotics
Released  July 7, 2014
iluustration showing a map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana "Bottom-up" proteomics
NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
Released  July 1, 2014
blue crab with the text photo gallery Summer brings crab feasts--and concerns for Chesapeake blue crabs
Infectious diseases play a part in crab population declines
Released  June 17, 2014
Artist's reconstruction of Zanda Fauna from the Pliocene about three to five million years ago. "Out of Tibet" hypothesis: Cradle of evolution for cold-adapted mammals is in Tibet
Extinct Tibetan fox, ancestor of today's arctic fox, used Tibet as training ground for Ice Age climate
Released  June 11, 2014
owl monkeys Father's day special: And the best father in the animal kingdom is...
Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright discusses why owl monkeys and other species of small monkeys are extraordinarily devoted dads
Released  June 11, 2014
tractor  in a corn field at the NSF Kellogg Biological Station LTER site. How much fertilizer is too much for Earth's climate?
Helping farmers around the globe combat greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
Released  June 9, 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
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
Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014
researchers in a lab Study suggests survival may not always be about competition
New research findings contradict one of Darwin's lesser known hypotheses, which encourages prioritizing species for conservation based on evolutionary or genetic uniqueness
Released  May 1, 2014
photo of Antonis Rokas Reconstructing the tree of life
Research builds on understanding how life evolved on Earth and how different traits and organisms developed
Released  April 30, 2014
Willow catkin with dew in Yellowstone. Earth Week: Whither Yellowstone's willows and the streams they shade?
Yellowstone's water table dropping below riverbank willow trees
Released  April 22, 2014
Gray trees killed by bark beetles between green trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. Earth Week: Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
What happens when millions of dead trees, killed by beetles, no longer need water?
Released  April 21, 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
granite domes and conifer trees in the mountains Granite bedrock and sequoia forests 'communicate' in the Sierra Nevada
Research reveals the coevolution of life and landscapes
Released  April 3, 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
The tent-making bat Uroderma bilobatum By dark of night, how do bats smell their way to fruit?
Scientists find distinctive patterns of olfactory receptors in fruit-eating bats
Released  March 3, 2014
Illustration of simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate hydrolysis in water Computational science takes the Nobel stage
2013 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry continue to develop important high performance computing methods
Released  February 11, 2014
Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014
Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014
Echinacea angustifolia flowers The truth about Echinacea: Plant commonly used for colds and flu suffers from disappearing habitat
Purple coneflowers, often found in vanishing prairies, provide food for bees and other species
Released  February 3, 2014

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