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Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) 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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Photo of student Keith Berry in the chemistry lab A Student's Road to Research
NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is a pathway to a career in science and engineering
Released  November 13, 2012
Image of a sundw leaf showing tentacles that secrete a powerful adhesive. The Nanotechnology of Sundew and English Ivy
Researchers are studying the adhesive properties of sundew plants and the nanoparticles in English ivy for innovative medical applications
Released  October 17, 2011
Image showing facial reconstruction through the use of topological optimization. Engineering a New Face After Injury
An engineering method used in the optimization of spaceships and airplanes may guarantee the full recovery of patients suffering from craniofacial injury
Released  July 21, 2011
Optical micrograph showing an array of graphene transistors prepared on silicon carbide. Miracle Material
Two-dimensional graphene may lead to faster electronics, stronger spacecraft and much more
Released  May 19, 2011
Photo of the snake robot that moves without the aid of a fixed base. The Search Serpent: The Next Wave in Robotics
Researchers are designing snake robots that can navigate a variety of terrains, surmount obstacles in their way and function in range of conditions
Released  May 16, 2011
Photo of two second generation robotic fish. Robot Fish Can Trick the Real Thing
NSF CAREER awardee studies the behavior of schooling fish and creates biologically inspired robots that may someday help preserve marine life
Released  March 7, 2011
Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010
Photo of a rabbit femur bone showing cracks due to compression at a slow rate. Bone-crushing Experiments Could Yield Better Protective Gear
With NSF support, Nikhil Gupta and Paulo Coelho have pioneered research that reveals surprising insights about the effect of compression on bones, and about the limitations of the foams used for protection in helmets and armor
Released  October 4, 2010
Photos of cockroach and robot showing how they are used to refine robotic design. Insects Inspire Robot Design
With NSF support, Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to nature’s running machines as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run over rough surfaces
Released  June 18, 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
Photo of the Seawall experiment in the Large Wave Flume at Oregon State University. Building Tsunami-resistant Cities
Mary Beth Oshnack describes her undergraduate and graduate research to understand tsunami wave forces and improve building construction in hazard-prone coastal communities
Released  October 20, 2009
Photo of Karen Smilowitz who helps nonprofit organizations streamline their work. Libraries, Food Banks Benefit From Transportation Modeling
NSF CAREER awardee Karen Smilowitz applies the art of operations research to find optimal solutions to problems in the nonprofit sector
Released  June 10, 2009
Illustration showing advanced chips In Industrial Manufacturing, Efficiency Falls as Technology Advances
A comprehensive study of old and new manufacturing processes, from machining metal to making carbon nanofibers, shows that the more advanced technologies are less efficient in their use of energy and materials per kilogram of output
Released  May 1, 2009
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of Afsaneh Rabiei who invented an ultra-strong and lightweight composite metal foam. Foamy Invention Could Save Energy and Lives
NSF CAREER awardee Afsaneh Rabiei's ultra-high-strength composite metal foam could revolutionize impact protection
Released  October 29, 2008
2007 In Review 2007: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities reported last year
Released  January 30, 2008
An artist's rendition of the proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory design. Team Selected for the Proposed Design of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory
Released  July 10, 2007
Researchers have created bricks from fly ash that look and perform like normal bricks. Follow the "Green" Brick Road?
Bricks made from coal-fired power plant waste pass safety test
Released  May 22, 2007
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have grown the world's longest carbon nanotube arrays. The Longest Carbon Nanotubes You've Ever Seen
Crafted with breakthrough manufacturing technique, centimeter-long fibers are visible to the naked eye
Released  May 10, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Researchers have found that the molecules in "metallic" smells contain no metal. The Smell of Money
Research suggests an absence of metallic chemicals in the strong metallic odors that result from people handling coins and other metals
Released  November 20, 2006
A schematic representation of the miniaturization of the active building envelope (ABE) system. Self-Cooling Soda Bottles?
Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and cool
Released  July 11, 2006
Geotechnical engineers inspect a portion of the floodwall along the Industrial Canal. Researchers Release Draft Final Report on New Orleans Levees
700-page report suggests mechanisms for levee failures
Released  May 22, 2006
Vesicle membranes that collapse when cooled may someday deliver minute payloads of medicines. Micro Pills Could Deliver Drugs on Demand
Temperature-sensitive capsules release chemicals at tightly controlled rates
Released  March 27, 2006
Video showing the RPI centrifuge experiment is available at http://www.rpi.edu/news/levees/ Large Centrifuge Helps Researchers Mimic Effects of Katrina on Levees
Part of nationwide "co-laboratory" of earthquake engineering facilities, the technology proves critical for studying soils beneath New Orleans
Released  March 21, 2006
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 2006
This image shows copper in ore and a penny. Managing Metal
New study raises questions about sustainability of metal resources
Released  January 17, 2006
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by artist David Martin (1737-1797) Ben Franklin Web Portal Brings the Man to the Masses
Driven by search-engine technology, site highlights three centuries of revolutionary influence
Released  January 9, 2006
Destruction in Istanbul, Turkey, following the  August 17, 1999, Izmet earthquake Istanbul Overdue for Earthquake Retrofit
Researchers present concerns to Turkish Prime Minister
Released  January 5, 2006
This illustration compares the artificial cochlea to its mammalian counterpart. New Sensor Based on Human Organ Is No Tin Ear
Precision micromachining yields life-size, precise, artificial cochlea
Released  November 3, 2005

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