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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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Winter in the oak savanna at NSF's Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site. Out of Africa and Into the American Midwest
Last of the oak savannas survives at NSF Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site
Released  January 6, 2012
Aerial view of ocean near Mo'orea. Trouble in Paradise: Ocean Acidification This Way Comes
Sustainability of tropical corals in question, but some species developing survival mechanisms
Released  January 4, 2012
Photo of a panda wearing a GPS collar meandering through the Wolong Nature Reserve Prowling Pandas Become Policy Advisers
Vanessa Hull evaluates the impacts of zoning on pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China
Released  December 14, 2011
Image of dead maple leaves on the forest floor. Seeing the Forest Under the Trees
New Effect of Acid Rain on Forests: Too Many Dead Leaves a Bad Sign for Sugar Maples
Released  December 7, 2011
Photo of a C. elegans worm tail belonging to a male, showing sensory rays. Worms Can Evolve to Survive Intersex Populations
Experimental evolution reveals a possible intermediate stage in the evolution of sex determination
Released  December 5, 2011
Image of a crab walking on a specially built treadmill while its vital signs are monitored. Taking the Pulse of Marine Life in Stressed Seas
Researchers study responses of crustaceans to human-caused environmental stresses
Released  October 6, 2011
Image of Marla Spivak on the left and Katie Klee on right trying on a bee beard. Marla Spivak: A Scientist With a Real Bee in Her Bonnet
Marla Spivak describes the risks that bees face today and how her research goals are to find solutions to these challenges
Released  July 7, 2011
Photo of Adam Rosenblatt holding an alligator. Alligator Commuters: Gators' Travels Link Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems
Florida alligators travel upstream and downstream between marshes and the coast
Released  June 23, 2011
Photo of a male wire-tailed manakin displaying his striking plumage. Manakins, Birds of Tropical Forests, Cooperate for Common Goal
Scientists discover unusual alliances in leks, or groups of males
Released  June 21, 2011
Photo of Richard Lenski and another researcher examining a Petri dish used in a study of evolution. E. coli Offers Insight to Evolution
Richard Lenski's two decade experiment on E. coli sheds new light on evolutionary processes
Released  June 17, 2011
Photo taken underwater of the giant kelp canopy in the Santa Barbara Channel. New View of Undersea Giant Kelp Forest "Canopy"--From Satellites Above
Marine scientists discover wave disturbance, nutrient levels affect California giant kelp growth
Released  May 25, 2011
Photomicrograph of the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. Understanding the Brain As a Computational Network
Researchers are decoding the patterns that connect different types of nerve cells
Released  April 14, 2011
Photo of a dog's blood being take in the back of a pick-up truck mobbed by interested Papuans. Down Boy: Investigating the Domestication of Dogs Through DNA
NSF-supported researchers map the genetic origins of “village" dogs on five continents
Released  February 24, 2011
Illustration of a viral life cycle. Fighting the Flu
Researchers study flu proteins in-depth to identify virus vulnerabilities
Released  February 11, 2011
Photo of three California seed-harvester ant queens along with brood and a young worker ant. Superorganisms Are More Than the Sum of Their Parts
Studying ants to find out how colony size affects patterns of behavior and energy use
Released  January 25, 2011
Photo of a banded garden spider waiting for prey to become entangled in its web. Scientists Untangle Spider Web Stickiness
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water
Released  December 3, 2010
Illustration of sulfur dioxide molecules forming weak bonds with water molecules. The Water Dance
A myriad of methods for watching water molecules in motion advances critical understanding of biology, chemistry and climate science
Released  November 28, 2010
Digital organisms self-replicate with different fitness levels and fill empty spaces. Digital Organisms Shed Light on Mystery of Altruism
NSF-supported researchers use digital evolution techniques to examine theories about the evolution of altruism
Released  November 15, 2010
Photo showing a raging torrent of water overflowing its banks in Puerto Rico. Scientists Endure Deluge to Study Tropical Streams
Aspiring ecologist Ashley Golphin, an undergraduate at Kent State, describes the challenges and rewards of conducting research on tropical stream ecosystems in Puerto Rico during the summer rainy season
Released  October 21, 2010
Photo of Andrea Jani collecting arthropods from sleepy grass in Lincoln National Forest, N.M. How Toxic Grass Puts Animals to Sleep
University of North Carolina, Greensboro researchers are studying native grasses to develop a better understanding of the workings of fungal endophytes
Released  October 15, 2010
Photo of Kerry Ressler at Yerkes National Research Center. Scientists Investigate Possible 'Fear Drug'
Kerry Ressler's research on the molecular biology of fear could lead to better methods for treating individuals suffering from anxiety disorders
Released  August 5, 2010
Photo showing a petri dish swabbed with a culture of bioluminiscent marine bacteria. Scientists Eavesdrop on Bacteria Conversation
The discovery of how bacteria communicate may lead to new types of antibiotics and ways of improving actions of good bacteria
Released  June 30, 2010
Photo of researchers collecting a sediment core from Silver Lake, Ohio. Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change, Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities
NSF-supported researchers investigate a connection between the disappearance of certain plant communities and the late-Pleistocene extinction of large mammal species in North America
Released  May 26, 2010
Photo of Ben Levinson watching Rama Balasubramanian adjust the levels of gases in a fermenter. Good Bacteria Eat Bad Greenhouse Gas
With NSF support, Amy Rosenzweig's group seeks to understand the cellular machinery that enable certain bacteria to leach copper out of the environment and metabolize methane
Released  May 7, 2010
Photo of Amy Barnes making phosphorus-rich phosphate glass to use with her doctoral research work. On Earth Day and Everyday, Ecologist Fights for Phosphorus
NSF-supported ecologist James Elser is internationally recognized as an expert on phosphorus in biology and ecology, and his research could help to change society’s views on phosphorus use and conservation
Released  May 6, 2010
Photo of Eriophyllum lanosum, a desert winter annual. Even in the Desert, Plants Feel the Heat of Global Warming
NSF-supported researchers study the germination of plants in the Sonoran Desert to determine the impact of the later arrival of winter rains
Released  April 23, 2010
Photo showing zebra stripes of dust and snow on the snow surface in Colorado mountains. Dust-on-Snow: On Spring Winds, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Earlier snowmelt, altered water supplies, result
Released  April 2, 2010
Photo of naked mole-rats in the hands of biologist Thomas Park. Naked Mole-Rats' Secrets Revealed
What University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Thomas Park and colleagues are learning from studying how these very strange animals adapt to the challenges of their environment
Released  March 30, 2010
Photo of worker termites protected by a soldier. Termite Battles May Explain Evolution of Social Insects
Research on why early termite offspring remained home with their parents, instead of leaving to create their own colonies, could provide a missing link to the evolution of sterility among social insects
Released  February 17, 2010
Video showing gecko feet. Following in the Footsteps of Nature
Researchers move one step closer to nature with the development of polymers and directional adhesion that follow the workings of a gecko's foot
Released  February 9, 2010

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