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Earth & Environment 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 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
Photo of researchers collecting microbial biofilms in the Frasassi cave system, central Italy. Caves Reveal Evolution of Ancient Microbes
Jenn Macalady's geomicrobiology group is discovering the rules that enable microbes living in dark, oxygen-free environments to adapt and evolve
Released  March 27, 2009
Photo of Michael Loranty wiring one of many sap flow sensors in the aspen stand. Taking the Pulse of the Forest
Michael Loranty describes 'wiring' a forest for research to determine how much water the trees use
Released  March 18, 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
Eight thumbnail images and 2008 in Review 2008: Year in Review
A look back at some of the NSF-supported advances and activities that made news last year
Released  March 13, 2009
Photo of Joshua Atwood removing an invasive plant from Manoa Valley on the island of O'ahu. Saving Hawaii From Alien Plants
Graduate student Joshua Atwood talks about analyzing state environmental policies and participating in surveys to detect non-native plant species on O’ahu during his NSF-supported internship
Released  February 13, 2009
Photo of the twisting road, Mauna Loa's lava fields and clouds. Water Plays Surprising Role in Climate Change
From Hawaii's Mauna Loa, climate scientists measure oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in water vapor to better understand changes in the water cycle
Released  February 6, 2009
Photo of logs that were from cut from the Amazonian rainforest. Amazon Deforestation: Earth's Heart and Lungs Dismembered
NSF-supported researchers explore the links between globalization, deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon region and the country’s dynamic cattle economy
Released  January 23, 2009
Photo of the diatom, <em>Stenopterobia curvula</em>. Crimes to Climate History: Tiny Diatoms Offer Big Clues
NSF-supported botanist Peter Siver of Connecticut College studies microorganisms that shed light on climate change dating back millions of years
Released  January 7, 2009
Photo of a jellyfish swarm. Jellyfish Researcher Explains How and Why Jellyfish Swarms Form
Why are large swarms of jellyfish and other gelatinous animals being reported in many of the world's popular fishing and vacation spots?
Released  December 16, 2008
Illustration of dinosaurs dying amid a volcanic eruption. Volcanoes, Not Asteroid, May Have Taken Out the Dinosaurs
New theory of dinosaurs’ demise looks to India
Released  December 8, 2008
Photo of corn damaged by insects. Placing a Dollar Value on Services Provided by Bats
Advanced imaging and information technology reveals economic and ecological impact of agricultural pest control
Released  November 12, 2008
Thermal infrared image of Brazilian free-tailed bats in Texas. 'Gone Bats' Over Aeroecology
New scientific discipline studies bats, birds and other animals in atmosphere closest to Earth's surface
Released  October 28, 2008
Photo of skeletal reconstruction of Majungasaurus, a Late Cretaceous dinosaur from Madagascar. The Bizarre Creatures of Madagascar
Paleontologist David Krause describes his search for the ancestors of mammals that live in Madagascar today
Released  September 24, 2008
Photo of the researchers' field camp in Greenland. Glacier Movement Limits How Fast Sea Level Can Rise
Study finds 3 to 6 feet by 2100 possible
Released  September 18, 2008
Photo of roots hanging from the roof of a lava tube. Bones in Lava Tubes Reveal Hawaii's Natural History
Michigan State University's Matthew Cimitile describes a Hawaiian adventure exploring lava tubes in search of bird bones from endangered and extinct species
Released  August 22, 2008
Ilustration of a crater formed from the impact of a comet or asteroid in Chesapeake Bay. Crumbling Walls of Ancient Chesapeake Bay Crater Threaten Regional Groundwater Supplies
Saltwater intrusion into collapsing crater also allows microbes to flourish
Released  August 12, 2008
John Chmiola holds an electrochemical capacitor's electrode. Supercapacitors Could Be Key to a Green Energy Future
John Chmiola, a doctoral student at Drexel University, is doing groundbreaking work on supercapacitors
Released  July 30, 2008
Photo of lionfish and other fish. Atlantic Coral Reefs Are No Match for This Lion
Scientists detail the extensive damage to coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean caused by invasive lionfish species, warn of potential catastrophe
Released  July 29, 2008
A conceptual view of a new pathway for methane production in the oceans. Methane Formation in the Oceans: New Pathway Discovered
Significant importance for study of greenhouse gas production on Earth
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of rural China showing agricultural development and fragmented forests. Environmental Programs in China Successful, Study Finds
Key reforms could turn them into world models
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of mountains in China that flank the Min River near the epicenter of the Wenchuan quake. Long Wait Before Next China Quake?
May 12 earthquake rare and unexpected, geologists discover
Released  July 10, 2008
Striped fossil feather and recent woodpecker feather show melanosomes in dark, but not light, areas. Fossil Feathers Preserve Evidence of Color
Organic material reveals remnants of color pigments
Released  July 10, 2008
Photo of the research vessel Pacific Storm. Scientists See Squid Attack Squid
Oregon State oceanographer Kelly Benoit-Bird and colleagues succeed in using sonar to track Humboldt squid
Released  June 27, 2008
Photo of a pile of coal in Gansu province, China. My Research: I Burn Stuff
U.S. graduate student Abigail Watrous on her research studying energy technologies and seeking practical and affordable alternatives to help developing communities reduce pollution
Released  June 5, 2008
Photo of insect mine on a 53 million-year-old fossil from Wyoming's Bighorn Basin. Hunt for Fossils Finds Warning for Warming Earth
Graduate student Ellen Currano provides a glimpse of paleontological fieldwork, describing how she collects fossil leaves for research studying the effects of climate change on plants and insect herbivores
Released  May 27, 2008
Photo of the CTD/rosette that contains sampling bottles and instruments. How Desert Dust Feeds the World's Oceans
Scientists sample dust and trace metals in seawater to learn more about climatic change
Released  May 9, 2008
Photo of the view from the driver's seat, or the "bridge," on the R/V Roger Revelle. For Better or Worse, Modern Ocean Explorers Stay Connected
Improvements in shipboard communications mean scientists can keep in constant touch, even when their research takes them to remote locations
Released  April 28, 2008
Photo of a  researcher collecting a sample at a mine for microbial analysis. Microbes to People: Without Us, You're Nothing!
How tiny microbes run the world
Released  April 21, 2008
Scientists prepare to launch a balloon to test an emergency deflation system designed for the blimp. Scientist Keeps Ben Franklin's Legacy Alive
Adriana Bailey of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences interviews Yannick Meillier about using kites and aerodynamic blimps in his research
Released  April 18, 2008

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