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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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George Huber poses with a vial of green gasoline compounds. Green Gasoline Comes Closer to Fueling Your Car
Researchers have discovered how to make gasoline from sawdust and other plant materials
Released  August 18, 2011
DETER testbed server bank At the Forefront of Cyber Security Research
It's all about the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)
Released  August 11, 2011
University of Michigan engineering researcher Brent Gillespie uses a prototype of a device. Technology May Soon Turn Thoughts Into Action
NSF funds research to develop potentially life-changing technology for millions of prosthetic-dependent people
Released  July 27, 2011
Photo of Turkana warriors. Warfare Reveals Reasons People Cooperate
Research shows large-scale cooperation may have begun with fear of punishment
Released  July 27, 2011
Horizontal and vertical words in red, blue and green. Why Context Matters in the Long and Short of Words
MIT researchers improve 75-year-old language theory
Released  June 17, 2011
Image of nighttime lights visible on earth from outer space. Nighttime Lights Clarify Economic Activity
Combining lights and statistics may yield high-resolution global economic data
Released  June 10, 2011
Image of researcher Robert Walker on left and project manager Eugenio Arima on right. Journey to the Center of the Amazon
Researchers journey along the Transamazon Highway to learn about deforestation and the logging industry
Released  May 4, 2011
Images of the top and front of hominin skulls. Researchers Consider Ancestry of Recent Fossil Finds
Thought experiment stresses consequences of placing newly discovered fossils on human family tree
Released  March 16, 2011
Photo of Sook-Lei Liew and R.J. Andrews in the MR scanner room at Peking University First Hospital. Neuroimaging Chinese Social Cognition
Sook-Lei Liew writes about the opportunity to conduct research examining the role of experience on neural networks during a summer in China, as part of NSF’s EAPSI program
Released  February 15, 2011
Image of Joshua Wurman, director of the Center for Severe Weather Research. Eye-to-Eye With a Blizzard ...Tornado ... Hurricane
A day in the life of the Doppler-on-Wheels
Released  December 8, 2010
Image showing a toddler looking toward a toy and away from a metallic robot. Babies Learn From Robots While Robots Learn From Babies
Interdisciplinary research combines infant learning and computer science
Released  November 18, 2010
Photo of a Blackhawk helicopter lifting off in front of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. Observatory Staff Aid in Military Helicopter Crash Rescue
Green Bank Telescope's staff typically spend their days helping scientists carry out their research, but on one dramatic day in February 2010, they helped rescue soldiers from a crashed helicopter
Released  September 10, 2010
Photo of Adriana Galván, a researcher at UCLA. Stressed Out: Teens and Adults Respond Differently
UCLA neuroscientist Adriana Galván studies the impact of normal, everyday stress and associated stress hormones on adolescents' brain function and decision making
Released  September 3, 2010
Photo of a soccer player's foot on the ball. Soccer Stars Ranked Using Statistics
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project teams
Released  July 8, 2010
Photo of David Ortega and Laping Wu with a pork seller in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China. Economists Study How to Improve China's Food Safety
Graduate student David Ortega describes his research project working with professors and students in China to assess Chinese consumer preferences and willingness to pay for certain pork safety attributes
Released  May 3, 2010
The New York Stock Exchange, focal point of the 2008 Stock Market crash. New PBS Television Program Highlights NSF-funded Economics Research
NOVA's "Mind Over Money" examines 2008 stock crash
Released  April 20, 2010
Photo showing a lineup of potential perpetrators. Re-Examining Eyewitness Identifications
Scientists are trying to determine why errors in eyewitness identifications occur, and how to prevent these errors
Released  April 16, 2010
Image of an interacting galaxy. Coming to a Home Near You: Citizen Science Contributes to Research
Discovery may be in front of your home computer, thanks to "citizen scientist" projects
Released  March 24, 2010
Image of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), taken with a scanning electron microscope. The Invisible AIDS Victims: How Women Cope
Northwestern University associate professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes studies women with HIV/AIDS and the economic resources that help them effectively manage their health
Released  January 14, 2010
Reconstruction of the tarpan, or wild European horse, Equus ferus. Finding the First Horse Whisperers
Sandra Olsen of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History describes how she and her colleagues, with support from NSF, discovered evidence of the early beginnings of horse domestication in Kazakhstan
Released  January 4, 2010
Photo of cultural anthropologist Margie Serrato learning how to properly drink tea in South Korea. Anthropology Abroad: Studying Women's Roles in the Military
Graduate student Margie Serrato on her experiences leaving the familiar to explore the unfamiliar: summer research in South Korea
Released  November 12, 2009
Photo of Andrew Meltzoff The New Science of Learning
Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages
Released  September 11, 2009
Photo of the Northern House mosquito. West Nile Virus: The Search for Answers in Chicago’s Suburbs
The pattern of West Nile virus in Chicago’s suburbs may hold the answers to understanding this disease
Released  August 11, 2009
A real scan of a human brain. Unlocking the Secrets and Powers of the Brain
Leading minds in neuroscience discuss what we know about how our brains work and where the field is headed
Released  June 15, 2009
Photo of Karen Smilowitz who helps nonprofit organizations streamline their work. Libraries, Food Banks Benefit From Transportation Modeling
NSF CAREER awardee Karen Smilowitz applies the art of operations research to find optimal solutions to problems in the nonprofit sector
Released  June 10, 2009
Photo of Ryan Miyakawa warming up the orchestra before recording The Nano Song. Nanotechnology Video Wins Competition, Scores Big Hit on YouTube
While nanotechnology is a field that is generally not well understood by the public, Ryan Miyakawa and fellow graduate students at the University of California Berkeley found a way to both enlighten and entertain non-scientists with this topic
Released  May 11, 2009
Photo of particpants climbing a tree. Changes in Altitude/Changes in Attitude: Scientists and Policymakers Share Views in the Treetops
Excursion to a rainforest canopy creates a communication bridge between scientists and policymakers
Released  April 13, 2009
A photo of a violinist practicing. Fine-tuned Brains
New research shows how musical training enhances an individual's ability to recognize emotion in sound
Released  April 10, 2009
Cross-sectional view of a cadmium telluride thin film on glass via a scanning electron microscope. Making Nanoscale Solar Cells in China
Graduate student Meghan Schulz talks about conducting research and engaging in cultural exchanges during an international internship in Shanghai
Released  April 7, 2009
Photo of Randy Davis discussing his research on Weddell seals. More and More Scientists Serve Up Science for Mass Consumption
Scientists use innovative, barrier-busting methods to educate the public and decision-makers about cutting-edge science
Released  March 16, 2009

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