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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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Graphic representation of CKM unitary traiangle Lattice QCD Putting quarks on a virtual scale
MILC Collaboration team uses supercomputer simulations to predict characteristics of subatomic particles
Released  January 17, 2014
Jonathan Rudick  headshot New hybrid molecules could lead to materials that function at the nanoscale
Research could lead to improvements in large-scale water purification and solar power
Released  January 13, 2014
a green glowing fish Fish aglow: Hidden colors in the sea
"There's a whole light show going on down there, and people never see it."
Released  January 9, 2014
Colin Camerer Behavioral economist studies science of decision-making
Using brain scans, MacArthur Fellow examines people's expressed values and the choices they later make
Released  January 6, 2014
loggerhead sea turtle Desert dwellers and 'bots reveal physics of movement
The Georgia-Tech based 'CRAB' lab investigates how organisms navigate tricky terrain
Released  January 2, 2014
Mycococcus xanthus "Social" bacteria that work together to hunt for food and survive under harsh conditions
Research into multi-cell bacterium could lead to new antibiotics or to development of new pest-resistant seeds
Released  December 20, 2013
math teacher with students Honoring exemplary math and science teachers
Over 30 years, presidential awards recognize the impact of outstanding teachers
Released  December 18, 2013
Researcher Dina Katabi and her students Innovative technology addresses wireless interference
Researcher has developed new tools and programs that enhance speed, efficiency and security of data transmission
Released  December 16, 2013
Engineers holding a skull with artificial implant 3-D printed implants may soon fix complex injuries
Researchers adapt technology for 3-D printing metals, ceramics and other materials to create custom medical implants designed to fix complicated injuries
Released  December 12, 2013
a tomato and the text  photogallery Staple of recipe favorites--the tomato--reveals processes that maintain biodiversity
No hothouse plants: Study examines supermarket tomatoes' wild relatives, which live in Earth's most extreme environments
Released  December 5, 2013
A student in Champaign, Ill., creates an object with a classroom 3-D printer. 3-D printing and custom manufacturing: from concept to classroom
Strategic investments from NSF help engineers revolutionize the manufacturing process
Released  December 5, 2013
Image of delicate, nested microbubbles. 'Smuggling' drugs at the cellular level
Drexel researchers use ultrasound to deliver customized medication through the skin
Released  December 5, 2013
At City College of San Francisco, student Daniela Cardenas prepares DNA for analysis Preparing high-tech workers, meeting needs of employers
NSF celebrates 20 years of advancing technological education
Released  December 4, 2013
a 3-D printer The engineering behind additive manufacturing and the 3-D printing revolution
Get to know some of the foundational innovations that are creating new options for manufacturing
Released  December 3, 2013
fruit fly's Abl gene Researcher seeks to identify the pathway that leads to cells forming into an individual body
By studying how genes influence cells to migrate and mutate, scientist hopes findings will lead to improved cancer treatments
Released  December 3, 2013
Ana Maria Rey Research models behavior of ultra-cold atoms and polar molecules
Results could lead to new materials for more effective superconductors
Released  November 25, 2013
implantable infusion micropump next to a dime for size comparison Safer, more convenient pump to treat pediatric brain cancer
NSF's Innovation Corps program helping bring drug delivery technology to patients
Released  November 22, 2013
Students prepare solutions in a  lab at Austin Community College Building it big in Texas: Community college program trains biotech workforce
A multi-faceted training program funded by the National Science Foundation prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in biotechnology
Released  November 20, 2013
Blue fish in the coral reef under water Parasites: Rulers of the Reef
By influencing reef fish, parasites known as gnathiids are "major players in reef ecology," writes marine biologist Paul Sikkel
Released  November 19, 2013
experimental four wheel independently actuated, lightweight electric vehicle An unconventional car: no engine, no transmission, no differential
Researcher and his team are developing a safe and reliable control system for in-city driving
Released  November 15, 2013
Scientist Andrew Storfer checking a Tasmanian devil for tumor facial disease. Tasmanian devils: Will rare infectious cancer lead to their extinction?
Cartoon character's real-life counterpart may offer clues to human and other animal diseases
Released  November 13, 2013
Image showing the sun's corona It's hot...super hot
Finding answers around the sun
Released  November 12, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds
Innovation Corps project explores how to bring technology to the field
Released  November 8, 2013
Marie Curie in her lab Diversity in science
Celebrating Marie Curie's birthday means recognizing her courage, commitment and scientific genius
Released  November 7, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013
Laptop shwoing a cover design created by students Students practice hands-on STEM activities to define problems and determine solutions
Project encourages students to use creativity, contextualization and sophisticated equipment to make STEM courses come alive
Released  November 4, 2013
Student with a haorned toad on her shoulder Making room for science at Oklahoma's tribal colleges
Partnership with the state's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research opens doors for tribal college students
Released  November 1, 2013
soil columns Using engineering to help microbes destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater
Researcher's work could help with faster cleanup following oil spills or toxic waste spills
Released  September 30, 2013
A neuron activated by light Critical tool for brain research derived from "pond scum"
Basic research serendipitously advances brain science
Released  September 30, 2013
Photo of marine organisms under water "Talking" to the animals
Chemical ecologists translate the language of the sea
Released  September 25, 2013

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