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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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team of scientists collecting hives Protecting the honey-bearers
Ancestors of American honey bees shed light on pollinator health
Released  June 19, 2015
Wasp Tiny brains, but shared smarts
Unlike humans and other vertebrates, the brains of wasps shrink when they're socialized--but they might 'share' brainpower
Released  June 17, 2015
An Atlantic rock crab Warmer, lower-oxygen oceans will shift marine habitats
Changes will result in marine animals moving away from equator
Released  June 4, 2015
Baboon group in Amboseli, Kenya Born during a drought: Bad news for baboons
Findings have implications for human health
Released  April 1, 2015
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015
coral reef and fish near Philippines Good news and bad news for coral reefs
There's good news related to marine protected areas, but bad news related to loss of coral cover
Released  February 9, 2015
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

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