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Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) 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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Richard Taylor Unlocking the mysteries of mathematics
Breakthrough Prize winner has advanced the field
Released  December 19, 2014
NYU's Bart Kahr After the Lecture...
NSF-funded crystallographer Bart Kahr on the beauty, magic and science of crystals
Released  December 18, 2014
LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014
UCLA astrophysicist  Andrea Ghez After the Lecture...
NSF-funded UCLA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on probing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole
Released  December 5, 2014
gradute students , Francois Hebert, Andy Bohn and William Throwe standing in a classroom 'Blockbuster' science images
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery
Released  November 20, 2014
illustration showing wall of a wood cell New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Research offers sustainable solutions that may have strong benefits to building, construction, automobile and aircraft industries
Released  November 19, 2014
globe map showing models of orbiting satellites in the thermosphere Confronting models with observations
Team at National Center for Atmospheric Research develops data assimilation tools used throughout science
Released  November 7, 2014
 image of the sun  showing prominences and filaments. Spotlighting the sun
Partial solar eclipse shows off massive sunspot
Released  October 24, 2014
Mark Hersam Materials for the next generation of electronics and photovoltaics
MacArthur Fellow develops new uses for carbon nanotubes
Released  October 20, 2014
Jaquelin Erazo Making stars
Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity
Released  October 7, 2014
educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014
 Sunghee Lee and three students in her lab The right chemistry
NSF-funded researcher mixes mentoring and materials science
Released  September 17, 2014
Manjul Bhargava in the classroom Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava: Mathematics is the pursuit of beauty
Manjul Bhargava, winner of the 2014 Fields Medal, has developed new methods in the geometry of numbers
Released  August 14, 2014
A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
Alison Coil Exploring dramatic changes in galaxies
Scientist hopes to uncover physical process behind the changes, including cosmic webs and supermassive black holes
Released  July 11, 2014
Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014
Berry Farmer John Eiskamp checks soil tension on his farm using his iPad. Strawberries with a thirst
Mathematicians help California drought-weary berry growers address water issues
Released  July 1, 2014
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose Converting biomass to fuels
Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
Released  June 30, 2014
a sample of charged iron in a recipient New, high-energy rechargeable batteries
Researchers develop molten air battery with commercial potential
Released  June 27, 2014
two stages in the temporal evolution of synthetic DNA nanostructures  imaged through Stampede Blueprint for the affordable genome
Stampede supercomputer powers innovations in DNA sequencing technologies
Released  June 23, 2014
color-composite image of red dwarf stars Red dwarf stars tell us how planets form
Researcher uses computer models to test how stars form and to improve modeling and predictions
Released  June 13, 2014
Math is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag. Finding a formula for zzzzzzzs
Math and a good night's sleep
Released  April 30, 2014
USGS aerial survey of the upper parts of the Oso, Washington, landslide. The uphill challenge
Understanding mudslides and other debris flows through mathematics
Released  April 29, 2014
image of a new Earth-sized planet Earth-sized exoplanet discovery
Gemini confirms Earth-sized planet
Released  April 17, 2014
montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014
crystalline motif First principles approach to creating new materials
Solid-state chemistry and theoretical physics combined to help discover new materials with useful properties
Released  April 4, 2014
 the Large Hadron Collider. Catching the Fever
Particle Fever discovers the human element to physics
Released  March 14, 2014
Daniel Sheehy Researcher studies unsolved problem of interacting objects
Insights could enable more widespread use of superconducting materials
Released  March 10, 2014
image of Chulsung Bae Material technology that can increase performance of fuel cells
Researcher hopes to create fuel cells that are more durable, efficient and less costly
Released  February 25, 2014
Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer re-create X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 2014

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