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Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) 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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James L. Olds Meet James L. Olds, the new head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences
A conversation with James L. Olds
Released  December 4, 2014
Tree swallows Swallows of the western skies
International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions
Released  September 5, 2014
iluustration showing a map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana "Bottom-up" proteomics
NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
Released  July 1, 2014
owl monkeys Father's day special: And the best father in the animal kingdom is...
Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright discusses why owl monkeys and other species of small monkeys are extraordinarily devoted dads
Released  June 11, 2014
Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014
Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. NSF-funded researchers describe their cutting-edge brain research
Why and how are researchers studying the brains of mice, octopuses, zebra fish, frogs, lizards and cichlid fish?
Released  February 6, 2014
A neuron activated by light Critical tool for brain research derived from "pond scum"
Basic research serendipitously advances brain science
Released  September 30, 2013
Robert Drewell Understanding how our genes help us develop
Humans and fruit flies have similar Hox genes, which are master regulators of embryonic development
Released  September 12, 2013
electric ghost knifefish from South America Electric fish may hold answers to better understanding of sensory abilities and movement
Research could lead to robots that can move and "sense" in highly cluttered and dark underwater environments
Released  September 3, 2013
Song holding grasshopper nymphs Controlling Destructive Locusts by Manipulating Their Genetics
Researcher seeks novel method that won’t harm other species or their environment
Released  July 11, 2013
Christopher J. Marx, Harvard University Redefining Adaptation, the Study of How Populations Grow and Survive
Researcher also engages educators and students in an open forum
Released  June 27, 2013
Karen Oberhauser with children observing a flowering plant White House Honors Four Leaders of NSF-Funded Citizen Science Groups Studying Ecology
"Champions of Change" recognized for engaging non-scientists in research
Released  June 25, 2013
Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013
Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal New NEON Resources Available
Videos, brochure and webcast on the NEON available online
Released  June 11, 2013
Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?
Mussels' anchors--byssal threads--weakened by ocean acidification
Released  March 21, 2013
Photo of Raphael Perea delivering a presentation. Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
NSF-funded program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teaches Native Americans about geospatial data
Released  March 20, 2013
collage image showing penguins, swans, sea horses Animal Attraction: The Many Forms of Monogamy in the Animal Kingdom
A Valentine's Day special on the science of monogamy
Released  February 13, 2013
photo of Ann Graybiel Exploring the Brain's Relationship to Habits
Research may impact development of treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, as well as conditions such as autism
Released  January 14, 2013
Fish and corals. Life in the Fast Lane: Racing to Identify Species As Biodiversity Shrinks
A conversation about conserving and naming species
Released  January 4, 2013
Robbosquirrel, the robotic squirrel. Snake Tales
Scientists use high-tech methods to interpret tail signals from squirrel prey to rattlesnake predators
Released  December 17, 2012
Photo of two computers and a terrestrial robot swarm Studying Evolution in Action
Researchers apply biological and digital approaches to better understand underlying factors
Released  November 29, 2012
Photo of multiple bats in a cave in Trinidad. The Night Life: Why We Need Bats All the Time--Not Just on Halloween
Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats, gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology, and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic
Released  October 31, 2012
Photo of Lucille Tower examining a vine maple. Nature Observation Database Receives One-Millionth Entry
Key database monitoring climate change received its one-millionth report from a network of "citizen scientists"
Released  May 3, 2012
Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
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 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 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 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

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