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Computing 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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animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016
shepards using a mobile device Computers play a crucial role in preserving the Earth
From bears to birds to herders: NSF-funded researchers develop computing methods to cultivate a sustainable environment, economy and society
Released  April 20, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Jacob Abernethy Machine learning and the wisdom of the crowd
NSF CAREER awardee combines machine learning, economics to develop socially beneficial forecasts
Released  April 8, 2016
animation showing clouds and weather systems moving through Midwest US Fine-tuning forecasts of nighttime storms on the plains
Multi-agency project advances understanding and prediction of extreme storms using simulation and data science
Released  April 4, 2016
Radar imagery showing areas with storm and hail in Texas Predicting severe hail storms
NSF-supported research at the University of Oklahoma uses supercomputers and simulations to improve storm forecasts
Released  March 22, 2016
people with computers at a conference Envisioning supercomputers of the future
Project to test operating systems for future exascale computers
Released  March 17, 2016
micro-biosensor on the side of a coin Fundamental science will play a key role in finding cancer cure
NSF-supported research to help U.S. achieve cancer 'moonshot'
Released  March 15, 2016
Generic Discovery Image Pioneering women in STEM -- how many do you know?
This Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration
Released  March 11, 2016
France Cordova and Gabriela Gonzalez at LIGO Celebrating women in science and engineering
NSF Director shares her thoughts on Women's History Month
Released  March 3, 2016
images of animals and birds Conversing with computers
USC researchers develop algorithms that let machines understand speech with human-like speed, accuracy
Released  March 2, 2016
Harriet Tubman Rescued history
Massive data analysis helps uncover black women's experiences
Released  February 25, 2016
Tova N. Williams in her lab Celebrating Black History Month with our research fellows
Students in NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program tell their stories
Released  February 9, 2016
medical staff working on a machine Making mobile health effective and secure
Interdisciplinary project working to design security measures for wearables, hospitals and homes
Released  December 17, 2015
Slideshow image showing robot walking How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally
University of Michigan engineers seek to perfect the science of balance
Released  December 14, 2015
3-d graphic with a cube shape showing a probabilistic model Learning from distributed data
CAREER awardee develops mathematical and computational methods to analyze de-centralized information
Released  November 17, 2015
illustration showing a city skyline, bridge, airplane and power grid A beautiful defense for smart grids
The next generation of engineering algorithms help protect the evolving smart grid
Released  October 30, 2015
smart meter installation New electricity meters are smart -- but are they trusted?
Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015
hand holding a smartphone with a car in the background Benefits and risks of the 'Internet of Things'
Researchers from the University of Washington identify vulnerabilities in automobiles and medical devices and design tools to prevent data tracking
Released  October 23, 2015
illustration showing computers and other electornic devices, a satellite The future of encryption
NSF-supported researchers are working to develop new, more robust encryption technologies
Released  October 22, 2015
An infographic shows examples of how NSF-supported cybersecurity research protects people Infographic: How NSF-supported research keeps you safe online
NSF investments in interdisciplinary research helped develop many of the web's basic protections
Released  October 19, 2015
part of building with the word Bank on it Cybersecurity research looks to guard networks from 'insider threats'
Experts mine computer system data to find potential vulnerabilities
Released  October 15, 2015
Josh Pauli working with a student in the lab. Creating a white hat nation
Josh Pauli, Director of the CyberCorps program at Dakota State University, explains what it takes to train an army of ethical cybersecurity experts
Released  October 9, 2015
hand holding a magnifying glass over the world map with the word protect When hackers talk, this research team listens
Online conversations help fill critical gap in cybersecurity knowledge about attackers' motivations, possible targets
Released  October 8, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
Researcher Robin Murphy  next to damaged buildings Robots to the rescue
Five lessons from Hurricane Katrina (and 22 subsequent emergency robot deployments)
Released  September 17, 2015
illustration showing musical notes The sounds of interactivity
Seed funding from NSF, Mozilla helps app developers bring cloud recording studio to students in Chattanooga and beyond
Released  September 16, 2015
screen grab from PlanIT Impact showing Kansas City's 19th and Grand Street corridor Data driven green design
PlanIT Impact uses high-speed networking, open data to show the environmental impact of development
Released  September 15, 2015
students at computers Summer camps seed student interest in cybersecurity
Program reaches 1,400 middle- and high-school students across the nation
Released  September 9, 2015
Brian Nosek and reporter Video: The basics of reproducibility
The president of the Center for Open Science discusses his work
Released  September 1, 2015

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