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Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) 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 Shark Defense researcher Patrick Rice with a bonnethead shark. New Fishing Hook Reduces Shark Catch
SMART Hook™ combines two shark repellent technologies into standard fishing hooks in order to reduce the number of sharks caught from commercial fishing
Released  June 7, 2011
Photo of Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea. Mapping Patterns in Crime With Geography and Math
With support from NSF's SBIR program, Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea, is developing software to sort through crime data and create maps that are useful for police departments
Released  April 21, 2011
Illustration depicting cybersecurity in the United States. Scientists Take Aim at Website Hackers
With NSF support, a team of computer scientists is using a novel, two-pronged approach to protect websites from hackers
Released  July 23, 2010
From right, Tom Killian and Robert Raphael, both of Rice, and Glauco Souza of Nano3D Biosciences. Scientists Grow Cells in 3-D Using Magnetic Fields
The new technique yields 3-D cells that more closely resemble those inside the body and could led to improvements in early drug screenings
Released  June 11, 2010
Photo of the OrbiTouch keyboard. Getting a Better Grip on Gaming
System originally developed for people with carpal tunnel syndrome is now used by thousands of gamers
Released  January 6, 2010
Photo of Ben Wen holding algae biodiesel that was produced using a new solid catalyst method. Algae: A New Way to Make Biodiesel
NSF small business grantee Ben Wen describes a new catalytic approach for algae biodiesel production that uses less work and energy, produces less waste, and makes a lot more fuel
Released  June 24, 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
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
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
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
Graphic illustrating a corncob-derived carbon "sponge" that can store natural gas. From Farm Waste to Fuel Tanks
Record-breaking methane storage system derived from corncobs may encourage mass-market natural gas automobiles
Released  February 16, 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
In a snapshot from a single carrier's network in Tampa, Fla., blue dots show active mobile phones. Real-Time Traffic Routing from the Comfort of Your Car
New technology uses cell phone positioning data to report traffic tangles
Released  August 30, 2006
The Liberty Bell in the Liberty Bell Center. Protecting the Liberty Bell
Released  July 3, 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
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 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
Following Hurricane Katrina in Sept. 2005, a doctor talks to a patient with a broken neck. Web Tool May Help Doctors Make Better Decisions
Online medical database helps physicians answer clinical questions
Released  December 6, 2005
This illustration depicts white blood cells swarming to attack HIV in the brain Autoimmune Overload May Damage HIV-Infected Brain
White blood cells may be cause of dementia in people with AIDS
Released  September 27, 2005

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