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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 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  July 24, 2014
robot Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
Dogs Dispatches from a connected future
Researchers from academia, government and industry team up to create networked solutions to society's problems
Released  July 22, 2014
discarded coconut husks Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives
Essentium Materials converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes
Released  July 22, 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
physics professor with undergraduates (Really) learning physics
Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
Released  July 16, 2014
John Patten and Deepak Ravindra New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials
Laser device could have major impact for manufacturing electronics, computer chips, lenses, windows and mirrors
Released  July 16, 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
Alison Coil Exploring dramatic changes in galaxies
Scientist hopes to uncover physical process behind the changes, including cosmic webs and supermassive black holes
Released  July 11, 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
Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014
Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 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
back of a man with a  self charging backpack Walking can recharge the spirit, but what about our phones?
Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets
Released  July 1, 2014
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
a sample of charged iron in a recipient New, high-energy rechargeable batteries
Researchers develop molten air battery with commercial potential
Released  June 27, 2014
illustration showing air pushed through vocal folds causing them to vibrate The aeroacoustics of jets
Simulations helps scientists understand and control turbulence in humans and machines
Released  June 27, 2014
iron oxide nanoparticle binding to a cell membrane Chemical engineer studies how to design the best materials with the least environmental impact
Researcher examines nanoparticle-membrane interactions to determine safety
Released  June 27, 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  June 26, 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  June 26, 2014
snapshot from the Penn State University real-time hurricane analysis Today's forecast: Better forecasts
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system
Released  June 25, 2014
a driverless cadillac surrounded by people in front of Capitol Hill Demonstrating a driverless future
Carnegie Mellon researchers bring NSF-funded autonomous vehicle to D.C. to show promise of driverless cars
Released  June 24, 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  June 23, 2014
researcher and students experiment with a mannequin A new tool for the early detection of heart failure
Researchers believe it will save lives and result in big savings to health care costs
Released  June 20, 2014
 3-D GRMHD simulation of a differentially rotating and highly magnetized progenitor to a supernova A high-performance first year for Stampede
NSF-funded supercomputer enables discoveries throughout science and engineering
Released  June 19, 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
children assembling test circuits Engineering for all
The "maker movement" shines a spotlight on DIY design and manufacturing
Released  June 17, 2014
Young museum visitors use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH. Learning through making
Active tinkering can engage people of all ages in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Released  June 17, 2014
color-composite image of red dwarf stars Red dwarf stars tell us how planets form
Researcher uses computer models to test how stars form and to improve modeling and predictions
Released  June 13, 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

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