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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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Photo of hands holding conjugated polymers that change color and intensity when excited by light. The Choreography of Dancing Molecules
Photochemist Elizabeth Harbron and her students investigate the properties of conjugated polymers that can be activated by light
Released  August 5, 2008
Photo of a researcher in a lab. Math Could Aid in Curing Cancer
Scientists and medical doctors couple math and medicine for unusual, promising marriage
Released  August 4, 2008
Computer graphic showing quantum vortices formed when atoms expand for 50 thousandths of a second. Beyond Cold: How the World Works at Minus 459 Degrees
Graduate student David McKay describes how atoms are cooled to near absolute zero for research using an approach called quantum simulation
Released  July 25, 2008
Photo of Jessica Alba and recipients of 2008 A.M.P.A.S Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards. The Man Behind Amazing Movie Simulations
He may not be as famous as Johnny Depp or Jessica Alba, but Oscar-winner Ron Fedkiw creates 3-D models of liquids that have had a major impact on Hollywood and our lives
Released  July 24, 2008
Computer image of the CB[7] Ferrocene molecular container. Chemist 'Really Jazzed' About Creating New Molecules
Lyle Isaacs talks about cool things that chemists do, such as his work to build new molecular containers that are as good as what is found in nature
Released  July 18, 2008
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
Illustration of a supernova explosion. Not a Quirk But a Quark ... a Quark Star!
Super-luminous stellar explosion observed via Caltech's Palomar Observatory, possibly resulting in a quark star
Released  June 26, 2008
Photo of theoretical mathematician Graeme Milton. Cloaking Device Concept Moves Beyond Theory
Applied mathematician Graeme Milton brings the dream of cloaking devices portrayed in "Star Trek" and "Harry Potter" closer to reality
Released  June 18, 2008
Illustration of photocathode gun. Brightest X-ray Vision at the Nano-scale
Superconducting 'universal toolkit' for scientists, engineers will conserve energy, too
Released  June 6, 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 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
Photo of the detector slice from the back, at the surface. Building a Machine to Search for Cosmic Secrets
Katherine McAlpine describes the intricate lowering into place of the last large piece of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, part of the Large Hadron Collider
Released  April 2, 2008
Photo of Matt Johnson, NSCL staff engineer, inspecting a 45-degree dipole magnet Nuclear Scientists Explore the Core of Existence
A journalist at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory describes physicists' experiments to understand the neutron dripline and some surprising results
Released  March 24, 2008
Photo of two men in at a whiteboard Using Abstract Mathematics to Solve Real-World Problems
Researcher's mathematical theory used in new technologies to destroy cancerous tumors
Released  March 5, 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 of Shirley Ann Jackson and William Bialek Top Scientists Promote Innovative, Multidisciplinary Global Problem-Solving Strategies
 
Released  December 11, 2007
Photo shows Exotic Beam Summer School students viewing progress of their experiments. Nuclear Physics Boot Camp Preps Future Scientists
Exotic Beam Summer School stimulates new learning and discoveries in nuclear physics students.
Released  October 19, 2007
Composite image of supernova remnant W49B showing a barrel-shaped nebula. Search Is on for Hot Young Stars
Long duration gamma-ray bursts allow astronomers to collect more information than ever imagined
Released  September 21, 2007
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
Photo of the ATLAS Barrel Toroid Magnet and a person standing in the center UltraLight Project: Moving Huge Amounts of Data
In spring 2008, the largest particle accelerator in the world will be completed
Released  August 24, 2007
Eric Weeks and shaving cream with squishy physics spelled in black letters The Science of All Things Squishy
NSF-funded Emory researcher shares the excitement of cutting-edge physics phenomena with kids of all ages
Released  August 16, 2007
A starburst of wrinkles form in a thin film material when a drop of water is placed on the film. A New Wrinkle in Thin Film Science
Simple, inexpensive way to measure material properties could impact cosmetics, coating and nanoelectronic industries
Released  August 3, 2007
An artist's rendition of the proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory design. Team Selected for the Proposed Design of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory
Released  July 10, 2007
Photo of TW Hydrae Planetary Construction Zone?
Astronomers detect the beginnings of planet formation in a dusty disk surrounding a nearby star
Released  July 5, 2007
An artist's rendition of Altair, a star that spins so quickly it stretches at its equator. Gazing up at the Man in the Star?
Researchers take picture of the face of Altair, a first for a star like our own
Released  May 31, 2007
Photo of a man in front of one of the pyramids The Surprising Truth Behind the Construction of the Great Pyramids
Were the stone blocks carved from natural limestone or cast with an early version of concrete? A materials science research team provides evidence to answer this age-old mystery.
Released  May 18, 2007
Georgia Tech researcher Zhong Lin Wang holds a prototype nanogenerator. Minuscule Generators Convert Motion Into Nanoscale Electricity Source
Energy from tiny movements, ultrasound waves and even bloodflow can charge the devices
Released  April 5, 2007
"NanoBucky" is a 3-D nanoscale model made from tiny, carbon nanofiber "hairs." Getting a Feel for the Nano World
New models help introduce the blind to careers in nanoscale science and engineering
Released  March 27, 2007
The E8 root system consists of 240 vectors in an 8-dimensional space. A Mathematical Solution for Another Dimension
New tool could drive breakthroughs in several disciplines
Released  March 19, 2007
Princeton REU student Claire Woo at work in the laboratory of Jay Benziger. Hydrogen-Powered Lawnmowers?
New design could open door to small-scale fuel cells
Released  January 22, 2007

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