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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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Map showing regions where people have increasing contact with wildlife. Predicting the Next Major Virus
Peter Daszak, executive director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine at Wildlife Trust, talks about the importance of research to better predict and prevent future devastating pandemics
Released  June 30, 2008
Photo of woman resting her head on basket of laundry. Chore Wars: Men, Women and Housework
Study confirms wives do most household chores
Released  April 28, 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 of cave opening Seafood Makes Waves: Humans Leave Home
Shellfish allowed humans to relocate to Australia and New Guinea 40,000 years earlier than first thought
Released  October 17, 2007
woman seated on rug next to blue, circular device labeled Roomba Helpful Robot Alters Family Life
A relationship with your vacuum cleaner? Robotic vacuums are warming their way into homes and even taking on a personality for some families.
Released  June 8, 2007
Video-game technology and satellite imagery provide a bird's-eye view of ancient footpaths. Modern Technology Reveals Ancient Footpaths Buried in 2,500 Years Worth of Volcanic Ash
Central-American villagers created sacred burial customs despite volcanic eruptions
Released  March 13, 2007
2006 in Review 2006: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported activities highlighted last year
Released  January 9, 2007
Social science research provides crucial data on American attitudes, beliefs and social structure. Windows on American Life
Social science research offers insights into American lifestyles and opinions
Released  December 7, 2006
Language helps babies learn spatial relationships such as "in" and "on." Understanding the Building Blocks of Language and Thought
Language shapes how infants learn spatial concepts
Released  December 6, 2006
Aerial photo of Rte 10 & 5 interchange, Los Angeles, CA. Economic Structure Drives Working Poverty in Los Angeles Region
Surprising findings about the geographic distribution of working poverty
Released  September 7, 2006
Companies with easily pronounced names may perform better in the days following an IPO. Company Name Influences Stock Performance
Easy to pronounce names perform better in stock markets
Released  June 23, 2006
Students from across the Middle East grapple with a chemistry problem at the Petra workshop. Bonding in the Middle East
Nobel chemist helps young scientists across the region strengthen ties, work together
Released  April 6, 2006
Baseball player at bat "Crash" Course in Visual Perception and Motor Control
New research explains the role of perception in collisions
Released  March 8, 2006
Sally Mangold describes the original SAL Electronic Braille Tutor Teaches Independence
Bilingual system reborn in new hardware
Released  February 13, 2006
Destruction in Istanbul, Turkey, following the  August 17, 1999, Izmet earthquake Istanbul Overdue for Earthquake Retrofit
Researchers present concerns to Turkish Prime Minister
Released  January 5, 2006
The challenge is to assign each grant application to the appropriate reviewers. Computer Program Streamlines Complex Work Scheduling
Chemical engineers develop an algorithm that could transform scheduling
Released  December 6, 2005
Remains of steel lockers and beds lie amidst other debris from the Celtiksuyu Boarding School. Earthquake Study Suggests Simple Building Fixes Can Save Lives
Code enforcement may have prevented dozens of deaths in Turkish temblor
Released  October 13, 2005
A depiction of the kidney as seen in a live donor transplant. Kidney Exchange: A Life-Saving Application of Matching Theory
Economists help build a kidney exchange system that saves lives.
Released  October 5, 2005
Fingerprint image quality through subsequent generations of genetic algorithm evolution. Man Against Machine
Computer-generated method outperforms human-designed program for fingerprint improvement
Released  September 1, 2005
Young man stands in front of a row of white telescopes. New Mexico Graduate Student Receives Costa Rica's Top Science Honor
At 26, Esteban Araya is the youngest person to ever receive the top science award from his native Costa Rica. A graduate student in astronomy at New Mexico Tech, Araya was honored for his research into the formation of massive stars.
Released  August 5, 2005
Capuchin monkey holds a palm nut Monkey Business
The discovery of capuchin monkeys in the wild using stones as nutcrackers may tell us something about the monkeys' ingenuity, and more about ourselves.
Released  July 6, 2005
Child-sized robot meanders museum lobby, as people stare. Creative Minds Mingle: Robotics at the Junction of Art and Engineering
What happens when the real world meets the virtual one? Or, when the art world meets the world of engineering? A New York art professor and her students find out, through the eyes of a roaming robot named Kiru.
Released  May 6, 2005
Images of faces from the IAT test. Unmasking Bias
Implicit Association Tests can help individuals identify their own unconscious biases, and use that knowledge to help avoid discriminatory behavior.
Released  January 27, 2005
Mug shots with question marks Mistaken Identity: How Feedback "After the Fact" Influences Eyewitnesses
Eyewitness testimony is a fundamental aspect of the American justice system. Can it be influenced?
Released  January 26, 2005
Boy in front of map. Pathways to Academic Success
What factors enable children to be successful in school?
Released  January 25, 2005
Capital Building with inset of Policy Agendas Website. Uncovering Trends in Public Policy-Making
Do the policies enacted by Congress correspond over time to the priorities of the public?
Released  January 25, 2005
Forecasting volatile data The 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics: Analyzing Data with Irregular Trends and Volatility
Good statistical methods can show how to forecast data series that follow irregular trends and series with ever-changing volatility.
Released  December 23, 2004
Four Cooperative Strategies Why Contribute to the Good of the Group?
Are you more likely to help someone who has helped out on community projects?
Released  December 17, 2004
Photo of Furby The Implications of Making Care-giving Robots Lifelike
Robots designed to help the elderly may be given the ability to interact in human-like ways - but what are the implications of doing this?
Released  November 4, 2004

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