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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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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
Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in Central Africa, site of the scientists' research. Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Seed Dispersal, Environmental Conditions Matter in African Forests
Ecologists discover when, how tropical trees regenerate
Released  May 14, 2013
Giant barrel sponges off Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean next to a researcher. Life on a Coral Reef: Insult Is (Sometimes) Added to Injury
Overfishing removes predatory fish that keep sponges from smothering corals
Released  May 8, 2013
Researcher Carla Finkielstein examines mutations of circadian proteins. Studying Molecules That Regulate the Body’s Circadian Rhythms
Researcher examines behavior of genes to understand breast cancer risks and other health issues
Released  April 29, 2013
Photo of smoke from a forest fire going up in to the sky Trail of Fire Leads to Less Snow, Threatened Water Resources
Scientists study New Mexico's Rabbit Mountain, where forests burned in the 2011 Las Conchas fire
Released  April 25, 2013
Image of melting snow and the text Photo Gallery Earth Week: The Search for White Gold--Snowmelt
Thin snowpack puts ecosystems and water resources in critical condition
Released  April 16, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
Photo of Raphael Perea delivering a presentation. Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
NSF-funded program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teaches Native Americans about geospatial data
Released  March 20, 2013
close up of a mosquito on skin "Defective" Virus Leads to Epidemic of Dengue Fever
Virus may have led to widespread disease in Myanmar in 2001
Released  March 1, 2013
Phot of the mountain peak El Yunque El Yunque, Majestic Rocky Icon of Puerto Rico: Impervious to the Ravages of Time?
Anvil-shaped promontory formed inside an ancient supervolcano
Released  February 27, 2013
Scientists Dusty Kemp and Meredith Meyers under water in the Florida Keys. Underwater Whodunit: What's Killing Florida's Elkhorn Coral?
Scientists solve Caribbean coral mystery: human pathogens cause marine invertebrate deaths
Released  February 14, 2013
collage image showing penguins, swans, sea horses Animal Attraction: The Many Forms of Monogamy in the Animal Kingdom
A Valentine's Day special on the science of monogamy
Released  February 13, 2013
Close up image of a beaver. Yellowstone Ecosystem Needs Wolves and Willows, Elk and...Beavers?
Scientists plot crucial links among Yellowstone plant and animal species
Released  February 7, 2013
Jellyfish known as "sea tomatoes" on Cable Beach in western Australia Jellyfish "Blooms" Wax and Wane in Natural Cycles
Research shows blooms follow periodic global oscillations
Released  January 24, 2013
Research area in Gordon Gulch, Colo. High-peak Creeks, Forest Fires and Landscape Erosion: Could They Be Linked?
Colorado's Boulder Creek watershed: Where rushing streams, raging blazes and the Rockies meet
Released  January 14, 2013
photo of Ann Graybiel Exploring the Brain's Relationship to Habits
Research may impact development of treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, as well as conditions such as autism
Released  January 14, 2013
Fish and corals. Life in the Fast Lane: Racing to Identify Species As Biodiversity Shrinks
A conversation about conserving and naming species
Released  January 4, 2013
Woman cooking over an open fire Cooking Up Clean Air in Africa
Reducing air pollution and meningitis risk in Ghana
Released  January 3, 2013
Robbosquirrel, the robotic squirrel. Snake Tales
Scientists use high-tech methods to interpret tail signals from squirrel prey to rattlesnake predators
Released  December 17, 2012
Photo of two computers and a terrestrial robot swarm Studying Evolution in Action
Researchers apply biological and digital approaches to better understand underlying factors
Released  November 29, 2012
Photo of a man examining water for infectious snails in coastal Kenya. Snails in the Waters, Disease in the Villages
Treatment for snail-borne schistosomiasis works best over the long haul
Released  November 19, 2012
Photo of a bobcat making its way through snow in Colorado. Cool Cat in a Hot Zone
Urban bobcats pick up diseases from humans, not the reverse
Released  November 5, 2012
Photo of a scientist researching soil in a forested area. Science on the Graveyard Shift
Discovering what gets buried and how
Released  October 31, 2012
Photo of multiple bats in a cave in Trinidad. The Night Life: Why We Need Bats All the Time--Not Just on Halloween
Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats, gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology, and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic
Released  October 31, 2012
Image of maple leaves on the ground with their fall colors. The Colors of Fall: Are Autumn Reds and Golds Passing Us By?
Climate change, land-use change, introduced pests and diseases altering fall foliage
Released  September 25, 2012
Photo of Acropora coral on NSF's Moorea Coral Reef LTER site. Tropical Reefs Surviving Environmental Stresses: Corals' Choice of Symbiotic Algae May Hold the Key
Corals that host fewer species of algae are less sensitive to disturbances
Released  August 29, 2012
Photo of a moose in the water on the shoreline of Isle Royale. From Lake to Land, in a Land of Lakes
Moose act as conduits of nitrogen between water bodies and the edges of lakes, ponds
Released  August 17, 2012
Illustration of satellite and ground-based systems monitoring snowmelt and water in the Sierra. A Tree Stands in the Sierra Nevada
A coniferous view of the link between snowmelt and water supplies in the U.S. West
Released  August 7, 2012
Photo of spiny shrubs in foreground, mountains in background, in Chile's Bosque de Fray Jorge Park. Into the Matorral: Scientists Track Avifauna in Coastal Chile's Thorn-Scrub
Researchers discover ecological role of bird life in a biodiversity hotspot
Released  July 26, 2012
Photo of a stream with boulders in the streambed. Acid Rain: Scourge of the Past or Trend of the Present?
New connection between climate change and acidification of Northeast's forests and streams
Released  July 25, 2012

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