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Chemistry (CHE) 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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Culture of white fungus Fantastic Fungus: Plant Biologist Discovers Natural Antimicrobial in Honduran Jungle
Montana State University professor Gary Strobel travels the world in search of exotic plants and the mysterious fungi that live inside them. Among his discoveries: a smelly white fungus that acts as a natural antimicrobial.
Released  October 5, 2005
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Univeristy produced a sample of the modified collagen. Modified Collagen Could Be a Boon for Medicine
Altered protein could help shape the growth of engineered tissue
Released  September 20, 2005
FAST-ACT crystals Nano-engineered Powders Tackle Toxic Chemicals
Thirsty grains act fast to clean up messes
Released  April 28, 2005
A bubble grows and collapses due to ultrasound A Bubble Full of Sunshine
Temperatures inside bursting bubbles can be four times hotter than the Sun
Released  March 3, 2005
Sampling the Atacama Of Microbes and Mars
Desert microbe discovery has extraterrestrial implications
Released  December 17, 2004
Eleutherobia species of coral Finding Cures from Corals
A chemical that protects a rare type of marine coral from predators may also prove to be a potent medicine for humans in the fight against cancer.
Released  July 18, 2003

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