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Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA) 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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A picture of the setting sun off the coast of Estonia and the letter "A." Cracking the Code of Images
New software easily detects pictures' hidden messages
Released  July 15, 2008
A conceptual view of a new pathway for methane production in the oceans. Methane Formation in the Oceans: New Pathway Discovered
Significant importance for study of greenhouse gas production on Earth
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of rural China showing agricultural development and fragmented forests. Environmental Programs in China Successful, Study Finds
Key reforms could turn them into world models
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of a pile of coal in Gansu province, China. My Research: I Burn Stuff
U.S. graduate student Abigail Watrous on her research studying energy technologies and seeking practical and affordable alternatives to help developing communities reduce pollution
Released  June 5, 2008
Photo of galaxy NGC 2770 showing location of star and lines from John Keats' poem. International Gemini Observatory Captures Birth of a Supernova
Stellar discovery marks a new epoc in astronomical research
Released  May 28, 2008
Photo of species-rich assemblage of fishes in the lower Congo River. The Freaky Fishes of the Congo
American Museum of Natural History ichthyologist Melanie Stiassny takes us on a journey down the Congo River to explore its rich fish diversity
Released  May 20, 2008
Photo of surgeon Jon Wagner holding plastic casts of fractured jaws. Engineers Create Better Fix for Broken Jaws
Computer finite element modeling program used by University of New Mexico engineers in designing smaller and lighter plates for jaw repair surgery
Released  May 13, 2008
Mike Wininger at the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu Xian, Taiwan At the Crossroads of Stem Cells and Computer Science
A Rutgers University graduate student takes readers on a journey from Piscataway, New Jersey, to Hsinchu, Taiwan, and shares some experiences with East-West collaboration, stem cell sorting and computer science
Released  March 20, 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
Photo shows a parking lot in China filled with e-bikes. 40 Million Electric Bikes Spark Environmental Dilemma in China
Engineering professor Christopher Cherry reports on his study of the impact of electric bikes in China
Released  January 24, 2008
Nattharika Aumsuwan and Marek Urban, part of team who developed antibiotic coating process. New Coating Could Prevent Infection From Surgical Tools and Implants
Development of penicillin-coated surfaces could save thousands of lives from infection
Released  September 7, 2007
Illustration of computer screen and sensor embedded in a bridge span. Life Can Be a Strain
From enormous mining trucks to human knee implants, sensor technology is teaching us when enough is enough
Released  February 21, 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 are using vitamin C (background) to craft certain plastics more efficiently. Vitamin C and Water Not Just Healthy for People -- Healthy for Plastics, too
New manufacturing techniques may lead to cheaper, "greener" plastics
Released  October 23, 2006
Jackeline Quinones Fueling Ideas in Global Environmental Collaboration
Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute melds student teams and experts for a fresh look at fuel cell design and emissions control
Released  October 18, 2006
Madeleine is helping scientists and engineers better understand how flippered animals swim. Swimming Robot Tests Theories About Locomotion in Existing and Extinct Animals
May explain why four-flippered swimmers now use only two
Released  May 30, 2006
Larva on leaf Earth's Biodiversity Now on Your Desktop
Global Web service connects vast networks of primary biodiversity data
Released  April 20, 2006
Silicon-oxygen nanoparticles aggregate to form zeolites. Crystal Sieves, Born Anew
Hard data resolves decades-old mystery of how certain zeolites form
Released  April 17, 2006
Watch this "Virtual Cell" animation to learn how proteins are transported in a cell. Virtual Tools Add New Dimension to Learning
Internet-based resources educate students about archaeology, biology, computer science and geology
Released  April 12, 2006
Aquatic bacteria attach to a surface, and each other, by their glue-secreting holdfasts. Waterproof Superglue May Be Strongest in Nature
Bacterial adhesive is 2-3 times stronger than common commercial glues
Released  April 11, 2006
The 3D-Seek software rapidly locates objects with only a few quick steps. Doodle Search
New software can hunt through online catalogs using only a sketch
Released  February 23, 2006
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
The holes that spell "NSF" are only 10 nanometers in diameter. Researchers Carve with Electricity at the Nanometer Scale
Process may yield miniscule molecular detection devices, semiconducting connectors and molecular sieves
Released  August 17, 2005
Young man stands in front of a row of white telescopes. New Mexico Graduate Student Receives Costa Rica's Top Science Honor
At 26, Esteban Araya is the youngest person to ever receive the top science award from his native Costa Rica. A graduate student in astronomy at New Mexico Tech, Araya was honored for his research into the formation of massive stars.
Released  August 5, 2005
Capuchin monkey holds a palm nut Monkey Business
The discovery of capuchin monkeys in the wild using stones as nutcrackers may tell us something about the monkeys' ingenuity, and more about ourselves.
Released  July 6, 2005
FAST-ACT crystals Nano-engineered Powders Tackle Toxic Chemicals
Thirsty grains act fast to clean up messes
Released  April 28, 2005
Young girl smiles at camera, science project in background. Teenage Mentors Open Door to Science for Younger Girls
How can schools encourage more girls to study science? Researchers have found that pairing high school girls as mentors of elementary school girls for field and laboratory science investigations boosts interest--and confidence--in both groups.
Released  April 6, 2005
Star-nosed mole News of This Speedy Mole Travels Fast
Researchers need high-speed camera to catch the star-nosed mole devouring its food.
Released  March 8, 2005
Illustration comparing two theories behind the Rio Grande rifting. Deeper View Helps Explain Rio Grande Rift
Subsurface revealed down to the Earth's mantle
Released  March 1, 2005
NSF and the Ford Motor Company Fund have provided funding for Mr. Kumah and other undergraduates at High Energy Physics Center Attracts U.S. Undergrads to Summer in Switzerland
Apprenticeship at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland
Released  January 27, 2005

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